Fong is back in fashion

Model Elesha Millar, make-up artist Marlikka Perdristat and hair stylist Kartika Eades all completed the program that promotes personal and professional development for young girls in Aboriginal communities.

Elesha and fellow Fashion Friday model Stephanie Heil are in Perth this week for a Perth Fashion Festival casting call.

�Each year we go to communities to deliver personal and professional workshops so they learn things like how to pay themselves compliments and overcome adversity,� Kira said.

�We�ve had 323 girls in the program since it started and in 2010 we expanded in to the Pilbara.

�It�s really satisfying watching the girls grow.�

The red dirt is a far cry from catwalks in Sydney, Hong Kong, Madrid and Europe where Kira worked after being discovered by Western Suburbs Weekly fashion write Des Eddy at the age of 16.

�I moved to Sydney at 18 and was the first Asian model in WA to make it big overseas,� she said.

�They (Asian models) weren�t in vogue at the time but at 6ft 1-inch I was very tall for any girl let alone an Asian model.�

At 30, Kira � mum to Jordan (10) � retired from modelling.

�I had done what I needed to do,� she said.

The child of a Chinese father and English-Scottish mother started a business in Perth before returning to her family in Broome where her grandparents owned the general store in China Town.

�I came back up here and felt like I was home,� Kira said.