Role model

Su­per­model Alessan­dra Am­bro­sio shares some of Vic­to­ria’s Se­crets with SHAN­NON MOL­LOY and our next Top Mod­els

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - NEWS -

SHE is one the world’s big­gest su­per­mod­els, but Alessan­dra Am­bro­sio vividly re­mem­bers her fi rst ever mod­el­ling photo as a determined but shy teen.

Be­ing guest judge in the fi rst episode of the new sea­son of Australia’s Next

Top Model gave the Brazil­ian beauty and Vic­to­ria’s Se­cret star cause to refl ect on her own hum­ble be­gin­nings.

“It takes me back,” Am­bro­sio, 33, said of meet­ing the 12 com­peti­tors on the hit Fox­tel re­al­ity se­ries.

“I re­mem­ber be­ing a young model, a be­gin­ner – you don’t even know what you’re do­ing out there un­til one day it just clicks.

Am­bro­sio, whose par­ents ran a petrol sta­tion in a small city in the coun­try’s south, signed up for mod­el­ling classes at 12 and was a fi nal­ist in a tal­ent search two years later.

By 15, she had bagged the cover of Elle mag­a­zine in Brazil and landed her fi rst ma­jor job for iconic fash­ion brand Guess. She has since fronted for cam­paigns for Ralph Lau­ren and Chris­tian Dior, graced the cat­walk for the likes of Prada and Chanel, and ap­peared in vir­tu­ally ev­ery ma­jor fash­ion mag­a­zine.

Her role on ANTM sees Am­bro­sio help the rookie mod­els with their fi rst photo shoot. Some strug­gled, which is some­thing she sym­pa­thised with.

“The fi rst time I was in front of the cam­era was a test shot when I was 14. I was very in­no­cent. The pho­tog­ra­pher was telling me what to do.”

ANTM acts as a kind of model boot camp, and Am­bro­sio says this year’s use of a string of big- name in­dus­try and fash­ion iden­ti­ties – along­side

ANTM reg­u­lars Jen Hawkins, Alex Perry, Cheyenne Tozzi and Di­dier Co­hen – off ers the contestants an un­beat­able ex­pe­ri­ence. “They get to meet some amaz­ing peo­ple and ex­pe­ri­ence what it means to be a good model,” she says.

The keys to suc­cess are ob­vi­ously beauty and body, but also at­ti­tude, Am­bro­sio says.

“You need per­son­al­ity. That’s what makes you.

An­gel: Australia’s Next Top Model guest judge Alessan­dra Am­bro­sio is best known for her work with Vic­to­ria’s Se­cret.

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