Leilani Eddie’s life has taken on an exciting new direction since winning the Face of Cairns Central’s modeling competition in July.
The 15-year-old Year 10 student, who won a 12-month contract with Chic Model Management, has been to Sydney a few times to work with Chic, has featured in two of Cairns Central’s popular catalogues and has participated in a number of fashion parades. Her face also graces the huge digital screen at Cairns Central.
“It has opened up so many opportunities for me,” she said. “It’s been an incredible experience, and I’ve met so many lovely people.”
Cairns Central Manager Christie-Lee Jackson said the competition gives aspiring models an opportunity to enter the world of modeling.
“It’s fabulous that the Face of Cairns Central gives young people an opportunity they wouldn’t normally have in a regional area,” she said.
“Winning a 12-month modeling contract and portfolio with Chic Model Management is an amazing opportunity, and we’ve had some very successful winners in the past who have gone on to do some remarkable things.”
Last year’s winner Jarron Andy, the first indigenous male Face of Cairns Central, has moved to Sydney while he furthers his modeling and acting career and has secured a further three-year contract with Chic. He is also partnering with Lendlease in Sydney to mentor indigenous youth.
While Leilani will hand over the reigns to this year’s winner, she’ll continue to feature in various fashion parades and marketing campaigns for Cairns Central.
“She is such a beautiful young lady and a delight to work with,” Ms Jackson added. “Leilani has the world at her feet, and we’re very happy to support her.”
“Definitely give it a go,” she said. “It’s a really good experience. You meet so many great people, and it’s definitely a good confidence booster.”
Words by Janie Barton