In the ever-evolving world of fashion, models’ journeys to stardom often take diverse and unexpected paths. For proud Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander model Lisa Fatnowna, her rise to international recognition began with an unexpected message on Instagram.
Hailing from Gimuy-Walubara Yidinji Country in Northern Queensland, Lisa Fatnowna’s journey led her to Gadigal Country in 2021, where she embarked on her modeling career. With grandfathers from Kuku Yalanji in the Port Douglas and Mossman region and grandmothers from Moa Island and Ugar Island in the Torres Straits, her heritage is deeply rooted in the rich tapestry of Indigenous cultures.
Despite the allure of globetrotting as a model, Fatnowna maintains a strong connection with her family, expressing her excitement about returning home to Cairns after walking the runways at New Zealand Fashion Week in Kahuria.
“I love going back home to ground me and to also be surrounded by them before I head back to Sydney,” says Fatnowna.
Her debut at New Zealand Fashion Week marked a significant milestone in her career, and Style Up had the privilege of speaking with this Australian model amidst the whirlwind of the event.
While many models follow the traditional path of agency scouting, Lisa Fatnowna’s journey took an unconventional turn when she was scouted by the prestigious international modeling agency, IMG, through Instagram.
“Once I was scouted by IMG via Instagram, I knew this was something that I needed to go for,” says Fatnowna, who remains passionate about empowering Indigenous youth, as she previously worked with at-risk Indigenous youth in Cairns and its surrounding regions.
Balancing her modeling career with advocacy work, Fatnowna is as enthusiastic and radiant as her presence on the runway at NZFW. She considers it an honor to venture into new markets and share her culture with a broader audience.
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