The Sunday Times - - Front Page - CLAIRE DAVIES

SHE’S spent very lit­tle time in WA since the death of her fa­ther in 2016, but this week su­per­model Ni­cole Trun­fio took time out to spend with fam­ily in Aus­tralind.

Bring­ing her baby daugh­ter Gia home for the first time, Trun­fio, an in­ter­na­tional am­bas­sador for the Tel­stra Perth Fash­ion Fes­ti­val, said it felt amaz­ing to be back in her home town.

“I haven’t been home for a while, but home re­ally is where the heart is and every­thing feels re­ally com­fort­able to me here,” she said.

“It makes you re­alise when you are abroad for so long how much you are con­stantly ad­just­ing to a dif­fer­ent cul­ture and way of life and when you come home you don’t have to think about any­thing, you just set­tle right in, and every­thing is so great and easy.

“I was only in Aus­tralind for a cou­ple of days but man­aged to catch up with a lot of fam­ily. They all love Gia.”

On the back of her fam­ily visit down south, Ni­cole agreed to do a spe­cial photo shoot ex­clu­sively for

STM on a prop­erty in Aus­tralind. “Where we are to­day is so epi­cally beau­ti­ful. If I went here on a mod­el­ling trip I would be mes­merised, it’s mag­i­cal,” she said. “I think some­times you don’t ap­pre­ci­ate what’s right in front of you. I think we get stuck in this thing that the grass is greener.”

The day started with a early morn­ing he­li­copter flight from Perth with Cor­saire Avi­a­tion, fol- lowed by a day of shoot­ing in Aus­tralind be­fore fly­ing back to Perth in time for Ni­cole to walk in the clos­ing show of TPFF.

Trun­fio, 32, now lives in Texas with hus­band, mu­si­cian Gary Clark Jr and chil­dren, Zion, three, and Gia, eight months.

“Texas is not so dif­fer­ent to here. We live in wine coun­try, and there are lots of winer­ies and a new brew­ery just opened up down the road from us,” she said. “Grow­ing up here, we spent our week­ends go­ing to the winer­ies and brew­eries and the choco­late fac­tory and the cheese fac­tory. We have 50 acres at home and some­times my hus­band and I joke about liv­ing out my dad’s dream, plant some grape vines and one day start our own win­ery.”

Shot by Chantel Con­cei, Ni­cole poses in WA la­bels in­clud­ing One Fell Swoop, Flan­nel, Em­pire Rose, Mor­ri­son and Ae’lkemi for the STM shoot.

Ni­cole wears Flan­nel. Pic­ture: Chantel Con­cei.

Pic­ture: Chantel Con­cei

She’s back: Ni­cole Trun­fio in Aus­tralind wear­ing One Fell Swoop dress, hat from Elle Bou­tique and Varga Girl boots. In­set, Trun­fio ar­riv­ing in a Cor­saire Avi­a­tion he­li­copter.

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