No doubts ev­i­dent for model Thomas

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Television - Kate Leaver

THE elite world of mod­el­ling has be­come a re­al­ity for 19-year-old Iona Pre­sen­ta­tion Col­lege grad­u­ate Jess Thomas, one of the Top 4 fi­nal­ists on re­al­ity show Aus­tralia’s Next Top Model.

Over the past eight episodes, Thomas has been men­tored by some of the big­gest names in the in­dus­try, in­clud­ing fash­ion de­signer Alex Perry, host/model Jen­nifer Hawkins and fa­mous guests.

“I was most star struck about su­per­mod­els Linda Evan­ge­lista and Alessan­dra Am­bro­sio, they’re just amaz­ing women and they re­ally in­spire me,” she said.

“It’s been in­cred­i­ble; a nor­mal girl from Perth doesn’t get to do that on an ev­ery­day ba­sis.”

Thomas has had to face some dif­fi­cult chal­lenges through­out the se­ries, such as scal­ing the side of a build­ing (a ‘ver­ti­cal cat­walk chal­lenge’) where she proved to be fear­less.

While many peo­ple may think be­ing on re­al­ity tele­vi­sion may be tense and stress­ful, Thomas said her ex­pe­ri­ence has been noth­ing but re­ward­ing.

Hav­ing grown up in East Fre­man­tle and Mos­man Park, she will al­ways call WA home no mat­ter where her ca­reer takes her.

“I al­ways re­mem­ber go­ing to Point Wal­ter in sum­mer with my fam­ily, hav­ing pic­nics and go­ing to Rot­tnest,” Thomas said.

“It’s my safe place, I grew up here and ev­ery­one I know is here.

“I am re­ally lucky be­cause I went to an amaz­ing school and made great friends there. I’ll def­i­nitely al­ways keep Perth close to my heart.”

As for win­ning the cov­eted mod­el­ling con­tract and prizes, Thomas re­mains pos­i­tive.

“I have a sup­port­ive fam­ily and my friends in Perth have al­ways pushed me in a pos­i­tive di­rec­tion, so I’m lucky to have that great sup­port net­work,” she said.

The last two episodes of Aus­tralia’s Next Top Model will air at 5.30pm on Thurs­day, June 25 and Thurs­day, July 2 on Fox 8.

Jess Thomas on Aus­tralia’s Next Top Model.

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