Emma has model life
BALLINA teenager Emma Johnston is living every girl's dream ? working as a model in Sydney.
The 17-year-old former Alstonville High School student has moved to the fashion mecca to further her career and has already graced the cover of several fashion magazines here in Australia and abroad.
Emma travelled to Brisbane earlier this week to appear in a fashion show and had a chance to spend time with her family in Ballina.
She said she was loving life as a model.
But it wasn't something she had always planned to do.
"People kept telling me to go to a modelling agency, so I went up (to Brisbane)," Emma said.
"I didn't really know anything about it. Everyone thought I was too short to be a model.
"You don't ever look at yourself and think you can be a model.
"But I started working pretty much straight away. My first job was the cover of a magazine."
Now she has up to five castings a day and is in demand for catwalks and photo shoots.
"I've done Madison and Vogue (magazines) and I was on the cover of Frankie magazine," she said.
"I did fashion week and a Collette Dinnigan show."
Even though her face is in countless magazines, Emma doesn't consider herself as famous.
"There are so many (models) out there. I'm not at all famous," she said.
"I've met famous models and to me they're amazing."
Emma said some stereotypes about models still existed within society.
"People think you're not doing anything if you're a model and that you're really up yourself," she said.
But that isn't going to stop Emma. She has big plans to move to New York.
"I love it, I wouldn't want to be doing anything else," Emma said.
"I have little goals at the moment ? I want to go to New York.
"I want to keep modelling while it lasts."