Stacey Set to Shine in Final

Stacey Richardson. Photo: Ken Pryor Photography

Stefan Bradley

STACEY RICHARDSON is a Woodside Beach local and one of the talented contestants selected to compete in the Top Model Australia 2022 National Final at Q Events Melbourne.

“I started my modelling journey at the end of 2021 and have been given this opportunity now to walk in both the Victorian and National Finals for Top Model Australia which has been a huge privilege,” Ms Richardson said.

Ms Richardson is currently studying her second year in a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychological Science with Deakin University and has also dedicated the last six years to the Art of Rhee Taekwondo where she has received her First Dan Black Belt.

Ms Richardson has also graduated from the Tanya Powell Modelling Agency based in Melbourne, where she undertook a 12-week modelling course.

This course led her to pursue a career in modelling.

Ms Richardson was then selected to be a finalist in the Victorian Top Model Australia Finals which were held in March this year at the Albion Rooftop in South Melbourne, where she was selected as one of eight other Victorian finalists to compete in The Top Model Australia Runway event at Q Events Melbourne.

Ms Richardson told the Gippsland Times her brother Josh had done the modelling course first to help boost his confidence, and she followed suit.

“I also thought it would be really good to help my confidence, and learn about modelling, and it’s been really fun,” Ms Richardson said.

“Josh and I got to practice together and walk down the catwalk together.

“It’s quite a long drive from Woodside Beach to Melbourne, but it’s been worth it.”

Ms Richardson said as part of the dress code for the finals, the contestants are judged on two sections of the catwalk, with one section that features a cocktail dress and the other a high fashion outfit.

“We are also judged on the composite cards that we produce, which show the judges that we have natural modelling experience in a range of multiple looks,” she said.

“On the main runway event we are judged on our ability to work as a model in the International market, which means we need to be adaptable, photogenic and be able to convey various expressions, whilst walking on the runway.”

This year, Top Model Australia has partnered with Bully Zero, and all contestants partake in workshops to help them become ambassadors within their schools and community groups for this amazing cause.

Bully Zero work to prevent and reduce bullying through evidence-based education, advocacy, and support for all communities across Australia.

The Top Model Australia Model Search competition travels Australia to find fresh faces in modelling, and on Sunday, July 10, the overall winner will finally be announced at the biggest event of the Top Model season.

Q Events Melbourne will host the exciting runway event, featuring contestants from all over Australia aspiring to launch their careers as an international model.

The selected winner will win the trip of a lifetime to compete in London on the international stage, and walk in London Fashion Week this September.

The Richardson family. Cody (wheelchair in front), (back from left) Sparky (service dog) Joshua, Stacey, Audrey, Darren and Nathan at the Victorian finals for Top Model Australia.
Photo: Kieran McNamara