Model backs show(Fiji Times Online)

Model backs show

Samisoni Nabilivalu
Saturday, November 12, 2011

MISS Universe Australia and Novo brand ambassador, Ms Scherri-Lee Biggs believes events like Fiji Fashion Week gives young designers a chance to showcase their designs.

Ms Biggs, who is also a brand ambassador for Novo, said during a press conference at TappooCity in Suva that she believed in promoting young designers and added that it was always good to give them a helping hand.

"The person who designed my evening dress was a young Sydney designer. It's great to have that sort of opportunity like a fashion week to showcase what the country has to offer in terms of fashion."

She said given the "down to earth nature" of Fiji which made Fijians "wonderful in that way", a fashion industry in the country would be a great addition and completely different from those she was used to which were sometimes a little conceited.

In addressing upcoming local models, Ms Biggs said, "Stick to it, it's a tough industry and it takes time, its (success) not something that happens over night.

"I modelled long before I became Miss Australia which happened by chance and if it didn't I would have still been modelling part time while I was studying.

She said modelling was something that took time to develop and that while some were lucky to get contracts in a short period of time, others had to "work at it".

Meanwhile, Fiji Fashion Weeks (FJFW) managing director, Ellen Whippy Knight confirmed 75 per cent of tickets to the FJFW 2011 had been sold. She also thanked the Tappoo Group of Companies and Novo for their assistance in securing the presence of Ms Biggs at FJFW 2011 saying her presence will help lift the profile of the event.

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