NO MATTER HOW
much fashion has changed throughout the decades, for Lyndal Moor, who booked her first job back in 1966, one thing has always remained in style: punctuality.
“In those days models did ‘showings’ for manufacturers,” she recalls. “I was a few minutes late to my first booking, and was sacked. It was a valuable lesson; I was never late again.”
Ursula Hufnagl is a fashion veteran who now heads up Chic Management. She started modelling in 1967, and in her heyday, the most glamorous jobs were for cigarette ads.
“I remember flying over Marlon Brando’s island in Tahiti, doing a cigarette commercial and then flying to St-paul-de-vence [in France] to do another cigarette commercial,” she says.
From Lynn Sutherland’s career, an extraordinary moment came after wrapping a swimwear shoot in Kenya for Vogue Italia in 1972.
“We made an unscheduled stop at Entebbe airport to pick up refugees; Ugandan dictator Idi Amin was expelling foreigners,” she says.
Isabella Cowan’s moment came in the ’80s – her curly locks made her a star in the decade of big hair. “Modelling for me was so continuously busy; it just naturally happened,” she says.
And it was fate that saw Alison Brahe become one of the best-known faces of the late ’80s – spotted at a party, she was recommended to an agency. “I walked in with one photo from my Year 11 formal. They sent me out immediately, and I was booked for the job,” she says.
Anneliese Seubert can count the original “supers” as colleagues. After winning the Ford Supermodel of the World contest in 1990, aged 17, she booked her first show in Paris.
“I had to walk between Linda Evangelista and Helena Christensen. I was really nervous, but once I was on the runway, I was fine,” she says.
Samantha Harris was excited to be in a shoot with Hufnagl, who is her boss at Chic: “I loved seeing Ursula in model mode,” she gushes. “She is very good!”
And Ruby-jean Wilson is known for a retro sensibility that brings fashion full circle. “I love to reference ’90s and early 2000s fashion,” she says. “I also love ’70s dresses and good-quality vintage.”
Isabella Cowan, 54 Ursula Hufnagl, 68 Lyndal Moor, 71 Anneliese Seubert, 43 Alison Brahe, 46 Samantha Harris, 26
Lynn Sutherland, 67
Ruby-jean Wilson, 22