IN VOGUE: Rose Stunzner walks for The Irma J Smith House of Fashion at the 2014 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival in Brisbane.
IN VOGUE: Rose Stunzner walks for The Irma J Smith House of Fashion at the 2014 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival in Brisbane. Photo Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival

Rose stuns at Brisbane's Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival

IN THE second before Rose Stunzner walked onto the catwalk at Brisbane's Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival, her mind went blank.

Then, as she stepped into the spotlight everything fell into place and she just put one foot in front of the other, strutting towards a wall of light as photographers captured every second.

Centre stage in some of the hottest designer fashions, Rose has come a long way since winning the Rockhampton preliminary of Miss Country Girl Australia in 2011.

At 15, Rose said it was the competition "that kick-started everything", after she ranked among the top 20 in the Sydney final.

During the week she spent with the Country Girl Australia competition in Sydney, Rose spoke to modelling agencies and eventually signed with Brisbane-based company Dallys Models.

Rose said the Country Girl Australia competition was great for those living in regional areas who wanted to break into modelling.

She knew other girls who had entered the competition and gone on to be signed by national, as well as international, agencies.

After graduating from Rockhampton Girls Grammar School, Rose moved to Brisbane to be closer to modelling work.

And while she walked the catwalk at Brisbane's Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival in September last year, Rose said aspiring models shouldn't expect to get everything first time around.

Feeling "jittery and shaky" at her Fashion Festival audition, Rose said she performed terribly.

But last year, she was one of the only new models from Dallys to be included in the festival and walked for Daniel Lightfoot, Darb Couture, Easton Pearson and The Irma J Smith House of Fashion.

Rose said working as a model was like being a walking advertisement and hoped to be someone other girls could look up to.

She said the image of a skeletal, frail model was not something she wanted to perpetuate.

Instead, Rose aimed to be like an athlete, eating healthily and exercising.

"You're going to have people looking up to you," she said.

"I want to advertise (modelling) as something awesome."

Entries are still open for the 2015 Country Girl Rockhampton preliminaries which will be held at the Frenchville Sports Club on Saturday, February 7.

Model behaviour

Rose's top tips for aspiring models:

Confidence is key: Enter every competition you can, introduce yourself and meet as many people as possible.

Be yourself: Don't compare yourself to others. Modelling can be very competitive, but have a good attitude and keep smiling.

Don't give up: It may not happen the first time, just keep going.


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