THE FASHION SPOTLIGHT
has always searched out sunny antipodean beauties. At 16, Sarah Grant was plucked from the audience by Pierre Cardin at his parade in Auckland – and catapulted into a global career. “My stand-out memory was riding a Harley-davidson around the UK’S Brands Hatch [racing circuit] for a shoot with [photographer] Norman Parkinson,” says Grant.
Also an accidental model, art student Carol Jackson took a make-up course with Ursula Hufnagl, of Chic Model Management, to pay for supplies. Soon a regular on the cover of Vogue Australia, Jackson worked in Paris, London, Milan and Munich. The secret of her success? “It had a lot to do with being a happy and consistent person,” she says.
Another Aussie institution, Vivien Smith of Vivien’s Model Management, launched Alex Wileman’s career after spotting her in the waves at Nelson Bay. Wileman is still a model and TV presenter, with credits including The World Around Us and The Today Show. “I made documentaries in Hungary and the Soviet Union, filmed in Mauritius and was hosted by President [Ferdinand] Marcos’s family in the Philippines,” she says. “Modelling shaped my career.”
Sarah Grant, 66 Alex Wileman, 55
Carol Jackson, 55