Pursuing their catwalk dreams

Laura Morgan

By Jessica Micallef

Two girls – one with a “passion for fashion” and one with a love of science, are making their
mark in the modelling industry.

Laura Morgan and Jemma Denman represented Sunbury at the Top Model Australia national final at the weekend.

Ms Morgan, 24, started modelling when she was 17-years-old.

“I have always had a passion for fashion and makeup and hair so I thought it [modelling]
would be my jam,” she said. “I really love the photo shoots and runways.”

The Sunbury resident, who loves to ride motorbikes, said the weekend’s event was her first “proper” modelling competition.

“When I was 17, I went in the Model Search for Girlfriend [magazine]. Other than that, I’ve done all freelance stuff.”

Ms Denman is using her modelling to inspire others to go after their dream.

“I don’t look like a Paris fashion runway model,” the 18-year-old said.

“I’m from Sunbury. I like to think if I can do it, anyone can.”

Outside the beauty world, Ms Denman is studying a science degree at Melbourne University. She enjoys playing netball and is hoping to take her modelling overseas.

“If I was given the opportunity, I would love to give it a shot,” she said.

“I know it’s a hard industry to get into but it’s what I want to do. I love fashion and getting dressed up [and] I have always looked up to Kendall Jenner.

Jemma Denman