Trial stalls Budge’s mod­el­ling

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - INSIDER | CONFIDENTI­AL -

Even if the ver­dict goes her way, Sarah Budge’s ca­reer as a com­mer­cial model has taken a hit. The jury is still de­lib­er­at­ing over her fate, but fash­ion in­sid­ers have said that Budge’s mod­el­ling ca­reer has been put on pause un­til her highly pub­li­cised court case is re­solved.

Prior to plead­ing not guilty uilty to three weapons charges, af­ter er po­lice found a de­faced Glock ck 26 pis­tol and a mag­a­zine loaded with 16 bul­lets in her Dou­ble Bay unit in Au­gust 2017, Budge was a suc­cess­ful model with top mod­el­ling agency Chic Man­age­ment.

Budge, who dates Kings Cross iden­tity John Ibrahim, is rep­re­sented by Chic’s com­mer­cial agency Scoop and while her agent re­fused to com­ment on Budge’s time as a model, in­dus­try in­sid­ers have said her re­cent court ap­pear­ance has hurt her ca­reer.

“Sarah’s mod­el­ling ca­reer came to a screech­ing halt once the al­le­ga­tions came to light,” one in­sider said.

“Which is a shame be­cause Sarah is a su­per hard worker and a re­ally well-liked and re­spected model. Clients al­ways said she was in­cred­i­bly beau­ti­ful, a hard worker, she al­ways de­liv­ered and was not com­pli­cated. She had a good work ethic.”

Un­til the charges, Budge was work­ing as a com­mer­cial model, which is of­ten more lu­cra­tive than run­way and ed­i­to­rial work.

“From a com­mer­cial sense, she had ad a lot of clients and was on a real roll,” one source said.

“She was re­ally busy. Among her big clients were Rock­mans. She did a cou­ple of tele­vi­sion cam­paigns and cam­paigns for Jets Swimwear. Com­mer­cial work is more con­sis­tent and can be quite lu­cra­tive. She was start­ing to re­ally pick up a lot of trac­tion.”

Sun­day Con­fi­den­tial un­der­stands Budge ini­tially strug­gled to make her mark as a model and is be­lieved to have had some­thing of a make­un­der when she started out.

“She needed some groom­ing,” an­other source said.

“But she un­der­stood what was re­quired of her to im­prove her look and the way she pre­sented her­self, and she changed.”

Sarah Budge in two port­fo­lio shots (main and inset) and (above) out­side court and with Ibrahim and her late mother.

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