Wanneroo Times - - Lifestyle - Tanya MacNaughton

PERTH’s Sarah Tilleke is proof even a glam­orous model can be will­ing to em­brace the dirty life­style of re­al­ity tele­vi­sion show Aus­tralian Sur­vivor.

“Fash­ion in­dus­try peo­ple were sur­prised I’d be the type of per­son in­ter­ested in Sur­vivor but I think you can be any type of per­son and it still draws you in,” Tilleke said.

“I’ve watched the show with my mum since I was six and thought I’d be quite good at it, so when they an­nounced au­di­tions af­ter sea­son one of Aus­tralian Sur­vivor I had to ap­ply; it was a mas­sive dream come true.”

Tilleke was dis­cov­ered by agency Vivien’s Mod­els when she was 16 (and wear­ing braces), forg­ing a ca­reer that has in­cluded a cover shoot for Com­mu­nity News­pa­per Group’s au­tumn win­ter 2015 Perth City Style mag­a­zine.

She is now based in Mel­bourne, fly­ing back to Perth this week and hop­ing to catch some Perth Fash­ion Fes­ti­val events, be­fore mak­ing the de­ci­sion at the end of the year whether to take the next big step by mov­ing to New York. It was a move Tilleke was about to make when she found out she had been se­lected for Aus­tralian Sur­vivor.

Speak­ing from a photo shoot, Tilleke said her ca­reer as a model had sur­pris­ing ben­e­fits when it came to com­pet­ing on the show. “My job is quite so­cial and you have a lot of egos to deal with a lot of the time and peo­ple of vary­ing age groups,” she said. “Par­tic­u­larly when I go in­ter­na­tional it’s more of a cut-throat in­dus­try but in Aus­tralia peo­ple are pretty cool. In­ter­na­tion­ally you’re deal­ing with a dif­fer­ent ket­tle of fish and learn­ing to ma­noeu­vre peo­ple who might not have your best in­ter­est at heart and manag­ing those egos helped me in my so­cial game on the show. The pro­gram doesn’t show all the sub­tle things to ce­ment my place in the game but hope­fully it starts show­ing more of me as a bit of a game player be­cause I was def­i­nitely play­ing to win.” Tilleke said last week’s ice cream re­ward was a high­light of her Aus­tralian Sur­vivor ex­pe­ri­ence. “We watched the sun­set, stopped wor­ry­ing about keep­ing the fire go­ing and it was great be­cause I heard about the clue from An­neliese,” she said. “That was a re­la­tion­ship I’d worked on since she came to Asaga, so it was good to see I was re­ceiv­ing some fruit from that re­la­tion­ship.”

Sarah Tilleke.

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