The Courier-Mail

Screen board cast named

- KRIS CRANE

PREMIER Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced the new board of Screen Queensland which will be responsibl­e for luring film production­s to the state.

It includes former Ausfilm CEO Patricia Heaton, QUT creative enterprise­s chairman Michael Smellie, Alt.vfx founder Takeshi Takada, Bond University’s Catherine O’Sullivan, The Courier-Mail’s Paul Syvret and television star William McInnes.

The board will be chaired by public servant Linda Apelt.

Screen Queensland and the Government are currently in negotiatio­ns to attract the Hollywood blockbuste­r Kong: Skull Island to Queensland. AT JUST 19 years old, Grace Simmons has the nod of approval from fashion guru Anna Wintour and is on track to eclipse Miranda Kerr as Queensland’s top model.

Ahead of New York Fashion Week, Simmons jetted home this week to celebrate her 19th birthday at her family’s farm at Pinjarra Hills.

It was only a fleeting visit between jobs for Simmons, whose career skyrockete­d when she stepped onto the runway for Dior’s 2014 Haute Couture show.

“I stepped off the runway from Dior and my phone exploded, it was an instant reaction,” Simmons told The CourierMai­l in an exclusive chat.

“As soon as I slipped on those red pants everything changed, more than I could have ever imagined.”

She is now a muse for Marc Jacobs, a staple on Valentino’s runway and is being flown between Paris, London and New York for fashion magazine shoots.

Simmons won the Girlfriend Rimmel Model Search in 2012 and was instantly signed to Dallys in Brisbane. Living in the Big Apple, her days are filled with castings and shoots. “New York is everything I had dreamed of and more.”

She has received praise from Vogue editor Wintour, Jacobs and other industry icons like Victoria Beckham.

“Marc Jacobs is so lovely, I have worked with him a couple of times and he is great,” Simmons said.

“When I met Anna Wintour I nearly passed out.”

 ??  ?? HOME BASE: Grace Simmons on her family property in Brisbane's west. Picture: Jack Tran
HOME BASE: Grace Simmons on her family property in Brisbane's west. Picture: Jack Tran

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