From the moment Aleyna FitzGerald and Sabine Jamieson began their first photo shoots on Australia's Next Top Model, judge Alex Perry was struck by their composure. "I think both girls started with a maturity beyond their years," Perry tells WHO.
Even so, "they have both become more self assured," Perry adds, "and believe in themselves a little more."
Perhaps that's why NSW teenagers FitzGerald and Jamieson, who impressed designers in Milan at castings and presented beautiful photographs while wearing Gucci and Dolce & Gabbana, are walking the last runway when the season 10 finale airs Nov. 22 at 7.30 PM on Fox8.
"As soon as I realised I was going to be in the final two, it was almost like time stopped," Jamieson, 18, tells WHO now. "I hadn't had any sort of experience like that before, it was so surreal."
For FitzGerald, 17, shooting the finale "was definitely overwhelming," she says. "There were so many girls from past series there. It was 40-plus and Sabine and I had been wrapped in this little world for the past nine weeks beforehand. It was great to talk to them and get advice because we've all been through the same experience."
According to judge and mentor Megan Gale, both have what it takes for a successful career.
"Sabine has such a look and personality, which I think a lot of clients within the industry will fall in love with," Gale says. "She is the most easygoing girl on the planet, never precious and no attitude, which will go a long way."
Gale adds, "Aleyna already has the great skill set of a working model and won't need to be guided too much at all. She's ready to work now."
FitzGerald, who dreamt of being a model, says, "I would love to break into the industry and have an influence. I think it's really important for people to know who you are in the industry, be a great role model and show people you're that person who is doing it for all the right reasons."
Citing her upbringing on a farm in Byron Bay, Jamieson says, "I realised throughout the show my outlook was kind of unusual compared to others, but I suppose everyone has their own unique attributes. It's about finding yourself and giving your own kind of personal flavour to the industry, which I think is important. I would love to show the industry that it's about embracing who you are."
Their motivations do not surprise judge Jennifer Hawkins. "They were very savvy for girls so young," says Hawkins. "I was very impressed!"
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