EM­BRAC­ING YOUR­SELF

Lo­cal de­signer of­fers a swimwear line that com­ple­ments ev­ery type of woman

Noosa Life and Style - - BEAUTY & WELL-BEING -

Liv­ing on the Sun­shine Coast, it’s hard to avoid the sun, whether you’re surf­ing at the beach, hik­ing one of the Glass House Moun­tains or pe­rus­ing the Noosa River res­tau­rants in search of lunch. Coast lo­cals are al­ways me­an­der­ing about in the sun­shine. A Queens­land brand that un­der­stands all too well the harsh­ness of our state’s cli­mate and the dam­ag­ing ef­fects harm­ful UVA and UVB rays can have on our skin is UNE PIECE. After liv­ing in Europe for many years, UNE PIECE founder Carly Brown came home to Aus­tralia to re­alise a wor­ry­ing gap ex­isted in the Aus­tralian swimwear mar­ket. She wanted a swim­suit that was stylish, shaped and a time­less cut that flat­tered the wearer, while also pro­tect­ing them from the hot Aussie sun – some­thing sim­i­lar to what she had seen Euro­pean women wear dur­ing her time abroad. Carly set out to de­sign a la­bel for the woman who is con­fi­dent, em­pow­ered and holis­tic and who lives a ful­filled and ac­tive life. So, who bet­ter than Noosa-based model, surfer and lover of all things out­doors, Bree War­ren, to be­come the new face of the dy­namic brand. Bree’s re­fresh­ing take on the fash­ion in­dus­try is what de­fines her ca­reer. As a plus-size model who’s faced re­jec­tion, crit­i­cism and dis­crim­i­na­tion, she em­braces her unique fig­ure and uses it as an as­set to her in­di­vid­u­al­ity. With the launch of the new UNE PIECE Sum­mer 19 cam­paign, we caught up with the lo­cal stun­ner. How are you set­tling in to the Sun­shine Coast re­gion? It’s to­tal par­adise. I’m still trav­el­ling a lot but I love com­ing home now even more. How did your mod­el­ling ca­reer be­gin? I used to get scouted as a teenager and I did ac­tu­ally sign with an agency in Bris­bane early on. Where do you see your­self in five years? Hope­fully still at Noosa surf­ing with the hus­band and kids. What mes­sage would you like to pass on to Aus­tralian women out there? We are all cre­ated dif­fer­ently and that’s a good thing. My mes­sage has al­ways been about inclusiveness and di­ver­sity. We need to see dif­fer­ent shapes, sizes and eth­nic­i­ties in fash­ion.

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