Jade Collins swapped her legal textbooks for a whirlwind ride through the modelling world.
The Western Sydney University student’s journey began four years ago when she deferred a semester of uni to participate in the 2013 season of Australia’s Next Top Model.
“I felt so honoured,” she said.
Prior to joining the show, she had no professional modelling experience and never expected to make it as a finalist.
“It was an experience I’ll never forget and I’m glad I did it,” she said.
“Jennifer Hawkins has been in the industry for many years, and has no doubt met overwhelming amounts of incredible people, so for her to think I had potential was a big shock.”
The 24-year-old signed with Debut Management less than a month ago and had the privilege of modelling at this year’s Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia.
“It was a pretty cool experience,” Ms Collins said. “I’ve heard that it’s a lot more chilled than other fashion shows around the world.”
She slipped on silky numbers and glittery ensembles as she strutted down the catwalk for Australian designers Karla Spetic and Yousef Akbar.
“I’ve known Yousef for a while now,” she said.
“We first met on the show [Australia’s Next Top Model] when he was designing a few of the dresses for the finale.
“It was an honour to walk for him and being a part of Fashion Week made me realise how much I love fashion, art, the design process and the entire industry.”
Being a part of Fashion Week made me realise how much I love fashion, art, the design process and the entire industry.Jade Collins
The Blacktown resident is also the grand-daughter of Blacktown Council’s Ward 3 councillor Kathie Collins.
She said she works part-time for her brother’s truck company for pocket money.
“I look up to my brother and find him to be very inspiring,” the 24-year-old said.
“He’s only 26 and has his own company and works really hard. I’ve learnt a lot from him.”
Between studying, modelling and working part-time, she says she does a lot of different things and that’s the way she likes it.
“I like being involved in various industries,” she said.
“The sky’s the limit and at the moment I’m just going with the flow.”
She said she would relish the opportunity to become an international supermodel, but her education is keeping her feet firmly on the ground.
“I’m very passionate about helping underprivileged children around the world, and institutions like the United Nations is the perfect way to reach out and make a difference,” she said.
“I love law and if I were to ever get into the industry I’d like to get into public policy.”