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Role Model of the Moment: Flavia Lazarus

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From working in retail to strutting her stuff on the runway, 24-year-old Flavia Lazarus is one of Australia’s up-and-coming models. This Ugandan-Australian beauty is an ambassador for Melbourne Fashion Week and has done campaigns for the likes of Sportsgirl and OPSM x iD. She’s signed with Duval Agency and at 5’5″ she’s proving that petite models can make it in the fashion industry, regardless of height.

By Elizabeth Harrington

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She’s fighting fashion stereotypes as a petite model

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Standing at 165 cm (5’5”), Flavia Lazarus is considered ‘petite’ by modelling standards. But she’s not letting that stop her. She’s recently been found on the catwalks at Melbourne Fashion Week 2019. 

Despite being shorter than many of the other models there, she’s proving that petite models are just as capable of doing high-end work. She told 7 News: “It is quite intimidating (to be a model) as my height is a bit of an issue. It is a bit of a dream. Never did I think I would do this.” 

Flavia is aware of how unusual it is for a petite model to be walking on runways, but still feels shocked from time to time. She said: “It is crazy. I almost felt like ‘how is this happening?’ I am now at the point I know I got this.”

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Family is incredibly important to her

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Born in Uganda, Flavia’s family went to a refugee camp in Kenya for a few years before coming to Australia when she was a child in 2004. This journey has made her incredibly close with her family. 

In an interview with Elle, she said she considers the women in her family to be her role models, particularly her mother and sister who helped in raising her. When talking about her goals for 2019, she said she wanted to “let the people around me know I care and love them more often.”

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She makes bold choices with her style

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There’s no question about it, Flavia Lazarus has got killer style. Her favourite brand is Gucci, but she also has a penchant for second hand stores like Savers. In a video with Leroy & Eli, she defines her style as “quite elegant and probably slurry most of the time.” 

What we love most about her style is that she’s not afraid to make daring choices. She rocks her shaved head like it’s nobody’s business. It’s no wonder she’s become a go-to for edgy, editorial photoshoots.

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Flavia Lazarus Interview by Leroy & Eli

She’s an inspiring role model for young women everywhere

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Flavia Lazarus has big dreams. She wants to do everything from land a major campaign to learn the guitar. But most of all, she wants to “learn to say no without feeling bad about it.” She told Elle: “I have finally started to put myself first and am really believing in myself more. Also knowing who and what is good for me is really important.” 

She admires the career path of supermodels like Naomi Campbell. As a model on the rise herself, she has plenty of advice to give young women who want to model like her. She said: “I know everyone says this, but if you really put your mind to something you can do anything no matter what anyone thinks or says, it’s all on you.”

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Adut Akech was mistakenly identified as Flavia Lazarus in a magazine

Flavia Lazarus mistakenly printed in Who magazine
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Flavia Lazarus’ name made headlines recently when Who magazine wrote an article about Adut Akech and her experiences with racism—but they used the wrong image. The magazine published an image of Flavia, accidentally identifying her as Adut Akech.

Adut Akech addressed her feelings on an Instagram post, saying: “Not only do I personally feel insulted and disrespected but I feel like my entire race has been disrespected too and it is why I feel it is important that I address this issue. Whoever did this clearly the thought that was me in that picture and that’s not okay. This is a big deal because of what I spoke about in my interview.”

Adut Akech is one of the world’s top-billing models right now, but Lazarus’ career is just beginning to rise. We want Flavia’s name to be in the spotlight for the right reasons—and there’s so much to love about this stunning model!

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