Home for hol­i­days after dream year

Augusta Margaret River Times - - News - Jessie Pa­pain

For­mer Mar­garet River pas­try worker turned in­ter­na­tional model Lil­lian Van Der Veen has spent her first Christ­mas back in the re­gion since her ca­reer took off.

The visit co­in­cides with a whirl­wind year for the model, who also cel­e­brated her first year of mar­riage to high-school sweet­heart Bruce Dyk­stra.

The pair were hitched in an idyl­lic cer­e­mony in Vic­to­ria in March and they then spent the re­main­der of the year travers­ing Europe be­tween Van Der Veen’s jobs.

Van Der Veen, one of Chad­wick Mod­els’ fastest-ris­ing faces on the in­ter­na­tional cir­cuit, said she was still ex­pe­ri­enc­ing but­ter­flies from the nup­tials.

“The wed­ding was lovely,” she said. “We kept it very small and re­laxed, and it was just such a per­fect day.

“Noth­ing has changed since we got mar­ried, but I will say that it was a pretty amaz­ing first year of mar­riage.

“We got to travel the world to­gether, so I re­ally couldn’t have asked for a bet­ter year with so much qual­ity time.”

After shoot­ing cam­paigns lo­cally for Myer, Supre, Dotti and Mau­rice Meade, Van Der Veen has been based in Lon­don while work­ing for top high-street brands such as Oa­sis and Next.

Her clients have flown her to hotspots such as Mar­seilles, Ma­jorca and Sar­dinia — a far cry from her past life as pas­try chef at the Mar­garet River Bak­ery.

“I couldn’t ever have imag­ined this is where my ca­reer would go,” the 24-year-old said.

“It’s a com­pletely dif­fer­ent life­style in Lon­don, it’s so busy and bus- tling, but the beaches in Europe just don’t com­pare to WA.”

Van Der Veen re­turned home to the re­gion for the hol­i­days and has been en­joy­ing qual­ity time with her fam­ily and friends.

And of course, she re­turned to her for­mer work­place.

“I went to the bak­ery one day last week,” Van Der Veen said. “The staff are all so friendly, and there are some still that re­main from when I worked there. It feels re­ally ther­a­peu­tic go­ing back. My favourite thing to or­der from the menu is the Cana­dian French toast.”

Pic­ture: Stef King

Lil­lian Van Der Veen is one of Chad­wick Mod­els’ fastest-ris­ing faces on the in­ter­na­tional cir­cuit.

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