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Top 5 Female Aboriginal Models of 2023

1. Charlee Fraser

Charlee Fraser is an Awabakal woman. She made her debut at Alexander Wang in New York Fashion Week 2016. She has been making a global impact since continuing to become the most booked model of NYFW in 2018. Walking for notable brands such as Prada, Dior, Givenchy, Mulberry and many more. Charlee is also an activist promoting sustainable, ethical fashion in the industry while also mentoring young Aboriginal Australian models.

2. Magnolia Maymuru

Magnolia Maymuru is a Yolngu woman, from Yirrkala in the Northern Territory. She started her career off in pageants and became the first NT Aboriginal woman to compete in the Miss World Australia beauty pageant. Magnolia continuously talks and educates on her proud Aboriginal Culture hoping to see continuous change for more diversity in the industry. 

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3. Cindy Rostron

Cindy Rostron is an upcoming star, the model from the Maningrida Community in the Northern Territory has already graced the cover of Vogue at just 17 years old. Cindy has accumulated a lot of attention, gaining thousands of TikTok followers, and has been mentored by Magnolia Maymuru. Although only recently making her debut at Australian Fashion Week last year, there’s a lot of anticipation for her future endeavors.

4. Samantha Harris

Samantha Harris is a model of proud Dunghutti descent. Her career began at the early age of 13, after winning the “Girlfriend Magazine Covergirl” competition. She continued to gain international fame from there, going on to be the second Aboriginal model to feature on the Vogue cover at just 18. She continuously advocates for more diversity within the industry and has become an Ambassador for World Vision Australia.

5. Elaine George

Elaine George, an Arakwal woman, is a history-making aboriginal model. At 17 years old she became the first Aboriginal model to feature on the cover of Vogue Australia. She sky-rocketed to fame in a short amount of time and dedicated her time in the industry to educating ignorant beliefs about first nations people, and her heritage culture. The pressure and isolation ultimately became too much, having Elaine step back from the industry. She wouldn’t return until three decades later, to feature in Vogue First Nations women designed and styled cover. Elaine remains an icon for paving the beginning of opportunities for more first nations people within the industry and advocating for change.

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