TWO local model sisters have landed a partnership with Model Camp Australia to walk in Kalgoorlie Fashion Week.
Alyssa Hembra (17), of Warnbro, and here sister Nicholle Mellissa Hembra (25), of Safety Bay, will strut their stuff at the inland town next month.
Alyssa is passionate about all things arts, modelling and dance. From a young age she has been working towards her goal of modelling high-end fashion and products for some of the world’s most famous designers.
“I am an incredibly enthusiastic person,” she said.
“I have been dancing since the age of three and love nothing more than performing a well-rehearsed spectacle for viewers to behold.
“I am very grateful for this opportunity with Model Camp Australia, and can’t wait to continue my blossoming modelling career.”
Nicholle was a medicine student who worked as an Assistant Pharmacist and Dispensary Assistant in Safety Bay. She has now traded in her life of medicinal study for one of expansive modelling through Model Camp Australia.
Niccolle is passionate about helping others through medical remedies and uplifting practices. She hopes through her new career platform, she can spread her spirit, educational information and experience with other aspiring and hard working individuals.
“I have always loved the arts and drama, so when I decided to switch careers, transitioning into modelling felt natural to me,” she said.
Kalgoorlie is expected to be sent into fashion frenzy for Kalgoorlie Fashion Week (KALFW), organised by Model Camp Australia director Yasmin Walter.
Walter, who has been involved in the industry for more than a decade, said she had spent months nurturing her “fashion baby” and was excited to be able to announce the inaugural event and program to take place in August.
“Model Camp Australia has taken us around Australia from Kalgoorlie to Christmas Island and that’s how the idea to create Kalgoorlie Fashion Week ensued,” she said.
“I had been in discussions with Eshe Christie from Country Image Development Modelling Academy about the lack of fashion festivities in Kalgoorlie.
“I jokingly said, ‘let’s hold a fashion week in Kalgoorlie’ and the thought then consumed my mind so I had to at least try to make it happen; we have been planning since January.”
Walter said having had a previous relationship with the modelling academy in Kalgoorlie, it only made sense to work together and grow the event.
“Kalgoorlie-Boulder really fits into Model Camp Australia’s vision,” she said.
“We have held numerous workshops together and they were very well received.
“I’m confident that our contacts in Kalgoorlie provide scope to grow.”
The weeklong event, which forms part of the Perth Fashion Festival, will start with a street party on Hannan Street and culminate in a VIP event featuring Betty Tran at the Kalgoorlie Cup.
“On opening day we will have the street blocked off and have performances and fashion parades every hour,” she said.
“There will be food trucks and small businesses selling local made items in stalls.
“On Friday Betty Tran will headline the event prior to her showcase at Paris Fashion Week.”
The event runs until August 12 and will feature free and ticketed events.
WHAT: Kalgoorlie Fashion Week
WHEN: August 6 to August 12