Goodna beauty Adhieu Ayuen Jongkuch – known as Omalo – is on a mission to walk the runways of London, Paris, and Milan.
After progressing through the initial stages of the Top Model Australia competition, Omalo will head to the national finals on July 10 at Q Events in Melbourne.
From the age of five, Omalo has aspired to become a model, but the journey hasn’t been easy. Omalo was born and raised in Kenya, and endured years of hardship while residing at the Kakuma Refugee Camp, before relocating to Australia.
“… my journey to Australia was one of the best things that ever happened to me… it was not an easy process [and it was] all thanks to my beautiful mother. She started our process of coming to Australia with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to better our lives,” she says
“… I will forever be grateful I get to call Australia home.”
“Throughout these years I have been trying to fit into the modelling industry but there have been various difficulties such as being rejected, criticised…”
“The journey has not been easy, however I did not give up, I kept searching for opportunities and luckily I found Top Model Australia.”
Top Model Australia has a track record of discovering new model talent, launching careers, and making dreams come true. Many finalists and winners have signed with international agencies, worked as professional models, and travelled around the world.
The Top Model Australia search is staged over multiple events nationally. The overall winner from Australia will compete in the international final event in London, in September.
“The good thing about it is that the model gets to choose whether to stay there or to come back. Who wouldn’t want to live in London? I’m going to do whatever it takes to make sure,” states Omalo.
“I accept that my work will take me away from Ipswich. My mother is very supportive. My family and my friends are very supportive.”
But Omalo is prepared if she doesn’t get to London.
“No matter what, I’m still going to try to find other ways to make it out there.”
“I truly believe in myself. I believe that no one is going to hand me success, I must go out and get it myself. That is why I do not take opportunities for granted.”