At just 26 years old, Javadd Anderson, a First Nations model hailing from Melbourne, has become a familiar face at Melbourne Fashion Week, making this year his third appearance at the event. Walking the runways, including the prestigious Le Meridien Pool Deck Runway, Anderson’s return to the local fashion scene reflects his dedication to supporting First Nations designers and creatives. Confident that this year will be his best yet, Anderson is not only strutting his stuff but also using the platform to promote his image as a highly successful First Nations model.
“This will be my third fashion week, and I’m feeling confident that this will be my best year as I’ve grown more confident in my walk,” Anderson shared. “Walking in these shows gives me a chance to promote my image and hopefully gain more work in the industry.”
Inspiring the Next Generation
Beyond his own aspirations, Anderson hopes that his consistent presence at Melbourne Fashion Week will inspire and encourage young Indigenous male models to pursue their dreams. He recognizes the scarcity of Indigenous male models in the industry and wants to open doors for others by showing that opportunities are there for the taking.
“There’s not many of us Indigenous male models, so I hope to inspire the younger generation to give it a go because I’ve had so many opportunities since starting,” Anderson told Style Up. “I think the industry is doing a good job in terms of representation and opportunity. I’d like to give a shout to Mob In Fashion, who run a wonderful program that enables Mob to gain work in the industry.”
A Rising Star in the Modeling World
With a growing list of accomplishments, including numerous campaigns and collaborations with established Australian brands like Country Road, Javadd Anderson is well on his way to becoming one of Australia’s most sought-after Indigenous male models.
“I’ve worked with a number of brands this year, but my highlight would be working with Country Road during their Winter Campaign,” he said. “Having friends and family see my images in shopping centers and online makes me feel like I’m accomplishing some of my goals I’ve set out as a model. I have been given a lot of opportunities to work as a model and I continue to grow my portfolio.”
Rooted in Heritage
While Anderson is no stranger to the glamour of high-fashion runways and events, he remains connected to his roots in Darwin, where he spent his childhood.
“Growing up, I’d spend all my free time out on country, and it’s one thing I miss most about living back in Darwin,” he said. “My Indigenous heritage comes from my Dad’s side; his father was born in Tennant Creek (Warumungu). I love working with Indigenous designers as it gives me a chance to give back to my community.”
A Platform for Change and Inspiration
Anderson’s popularity and workload have soared, thanks in part to his openness and engagement on social media. As he looks to the future, he envisions international opportunities, hoping to take his career to the global stage. Simultaneously, he aims to mentor and support young First Nations models looking to break into the industry.
“I’m really hoping to head overseas at some point to try my luck on the international stage. It’s been a goal of mine since I started. I’d also like to get involved in helping other young First Nations Models get into the industry,” he shared.
Javadd Anderson, a successful young model and proud Indigenous man, is determined to be a catalyst for change, creating opportunities and inspiring younger generations. Represented by Pride Models, People Agency, and Chic Management, he is undoubtedly a rising star in the fashion world, making waves not only on the runway but also in the hearts and aspirations of those who look up to him.
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