Model sur­vives re­al­i­tytv

Sarah Tilleke was the cover model for Com­mu­nity News­pa­per Group’s au­tumn win­ter 2015 Perth City Style mag­a­zine be­fore she ap­peared on re­al­ity tele­vi­sion show

Western Suburbs Weekly - - From The Archives - Tanya Macnaughton

Aus­tralian Sur­vivor.

SARAH Tilleke is proof even a glam­orous model can still be in­ter­ested com­pet­ing in 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 years old 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, who was dis­cov­ered by agency Vivien’s Mod­els when she was 16 (and still wear­ing braces), is now based in Mel­bourne.

She is fly­ing back to Perth this week, 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 of 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 dur­ing her lunch break while on a photo shoot, she said her ca­reer as a model had sur­pris­ing ben­e­fits while 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.

“I think 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 out there 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 re­ally good to see I was re­ceiv­ing some fruit from that re­la­tion­ship. It was a great day.”

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