Promising future for young model
SAMANTHA Harris is only 15, but already she is being tipped as the next big thing on the international modelling scene.
The shy young Banora Point beauty with the pouting lips and long legs is on the verge of joining the jetsetting world of modelling super-stardom, with assignments in New York and Tahiti al-ready under her belt.
But she still misses her school friends when she has to travel away to work, and loves coming home to her mum and dad.
Samantha will today grace the catwalk for the Brisbane launch of the David Jones winter fashion catalogue, as DJs youth ambassador, taking her place alongside supermodel Megan Gale.
Samantha has already won many admirers in Sydney and Melbourne for her fashion appearances and all indications are she has the modelling world at her feet.
So how does a shy Tweed teenager attending Year 11 at Tweed River High School keep all that in perspective?
According to Samantha's mum, Myrna, the young star is doing it mostly by herself.
"Ever since she was small, she set herself goals and stuck to them," Mrs Harris said.
"I was very nervous when she went to New York for two weeks, but I had to tell myself she was in good hands and if this was the career she had set her sights on, then she was going to do it.
"Since then she has been to Tahiti and lots of trips around the country, but I don't panic now because she handles it all so well. But it's always nice when she walks in the door after being away and we sit down and have a chat about what she's been doing," Myrna said.
"We are very proud of her and how she handles the pressure, but remains the same girl she always was."
Like any proud parent, Mrs Harris is collecting press clippings of her daughter's appearances, as the fashion world falls in love with the elegant young girl of Aboriginal heritage.
"Sometimes it seems like it's all a dream, with everything happening so fast, but Samantha remains the same sweet girl, polite and pleasant," she said.
"If she got too big for her boots, I'd tell her, but she doesn't need it."
? HUGH KEARNEY