Now a star on the rise, Tiwi model Cassie Puruntatameri’s fashion start was peak Melbourne

 Now a star on the rise, Tiwi model Cassie Puruntatameri’s fashion start was peak Melbourne

She was first spotted on the Melbourne tram by a fashion scout who encouraged her to get into modeling.

After passing out a business card, Tiwi woman Cassie Puruntatameri took the plunge and decided to pursue a modeling career.

Today, Puruntatameri has recently walked into three Australian Fashion Week films, signed with Chadwick models and put her things on the European runway.

Puruntatameri said her journey to become a model is not something she would consider if she could not be a scout.

“Before I never really thought about modeling as a career,” she says.

“Like I thought because sometimes my family or friends would say‘ oh you must try modeling ’.

Cassie Puruntatameri in Dublin. Picture; Insta/@CassieBlack_

“So I had that idea in my mind, and then I just fell for it.”

Being an industry model for a few years, Puruntatameri says she loves how every day is a different challenge she faces.

“I like to do different things, like I like that you can do runways or campaigns,” he says.

“I love being able to model Indigenous fashion designs, so that’s probably my favorite thing to model.

“And I love meeting new people, meeting other models and being good friends with other people in the fashion industry.”

Puruntatameri said the best part of walking at AAFW is the ability to be part of both Lumad runways.

“I feel very happy to be there to be with other Indigenous models who are also part of the Indigenous Fashion Projects runway and First Nations Fashion and Design runway,” she said.

“It’s exciting to be in that space and I’m so happy I got to go to Australian Fashion Week.”

Signing with a professional modeling agency, Puruntatameri said she couldn’t believe the moment.

“A week before I went to Australian Fashion Week, my agent, Yorta Yorta man Rhys Ripper, set up a meeting of models in Chadwick in Melbourne,” she said.

“And I met them one Friday and the next Monday Rhys came back to me and gave me the exciting news and I cried.

“I cried with joy, because I was so excited. It’s been a long time since I’ve been a freelancer and managed myself … it’s great to hear that Chadwicks wants me to sign in Melbourne.

Puruntatameri said he wants to use his platform as a model to be a role model to the Lumad youth in his community.

“As a Tiwi woman and someone who is passionate about our youth, I want to be a good example,” she said.

“I want the young women in my community to see me and see me on the runway or at big campaigns.

“And I want them to see me and want to see themselves and be proud and pursue their dreams.

“I just want them to feel beautiful.”

Puruntatameri is currently traveling with Indigenous fashion delegates touring Europe.

Upon her return to Melbourne she hopes to continue to take on more modeling work.

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