THE FASHION SPOT­LIGHT

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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

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