Just a pretty FACE

Not AUSSIE CAT­WALK STAR BRIDGET MAL­COLM HAS MANY TI­TLES, BUT NONE AS IM­POR­TANT TO HER AS BE­ING A ROLE MODEL

Sunday Herald Sun - Stellar - - Joe Hildebrand - Pho­tog­ra­phy SYLVE COLLESS Styling GEMMA KEIL

There’s a fine line be­tween model and su­per­model, and Bridget Mal­colm is close to cross­ing it. On the set of Stel­lar’s shoot, the crew is mes­merised by the 25-year-old Aussie as she moves grace­fully from pose to pose, nail­ing each and ev­ery frame.

Since be­ing scouted in her home­town of Perth aged 14, Mal­colm has steadily climbed the ranks of the fash­ion world. She’s just been called up to walk the Victoria’s Se­cret run­way next month for a sec­ond time, and she’s the face of Seafolly’s sum­mer cam­paign. “I grew up see­ing the ‘Seafolly girl’ – Miranda [Kerr] and Jess [Hart] – so it’s cool to be a part of it,” she says. “It’s a huge hon­our.”

But in­stead of in­dulging in fame, Mal­colm is in­tent on be­ing a good role model to young women, giv­ing ad­vice on ev­ery­thing from re­la­tion­ships to body im­age on her blog. “Look­ing up to mod­els is cool and all, but I’ve never re­ally un­der­stood it,” she says. “I guess that’s what has made me want to prove I’m some­one worth look­ing up to.”

Per­haps it was Mal­colm’s ex­pe­ri­ence last year, when she was trolled on so­cial me­dia, that in­spired her to help oth­ers. “Whether it’s fat- or skinny-sham­ing, it’s such a su­per­flu­ous thing to do to some­one. It’s so ir­rel­e­vant to who they are as a per­son,” she says.

Mal­colm man­ages to stay grounded with in­ter­ests out­side of fash­ion. Ask the for­mer bal­le­rina about clas­si­cal mu­sic or books and she’ll hap­pily talk your ear off. Af­ter high school, she had to choose whether to pur­sue mod­el­ling in New York or play oboe at the Syd­ney Conservatorium of Mu­sic. “I was like, ‘I can’t be­lieve I’m try­ing to de­cide be­tween be­ing a clas­si­cal mu­si­cian and a model,’” she laughs. “What sort of first-world prob­lem is that?”

With Mal­colm’s sched­ule jam-packed with jobs all over the world, it’s safe to say she made the right choice.

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Zimmermann blouse, $450, zimmermannwear. com; Seafolly dress, $140, seafolly.com.au; San­dro Paris knit (around waist), $390, (02) 9327 3377; Teva shoes, $80, teva.com

Michael Kors jacket, POA, (02) 9266 00998; Anna Quan shirt, $300, anna quan.com; Seafolly bikini top and briefs, $110 each, seafolly.com.au

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