Samantha Harris is 25 years old and already a veteran of the Australian modeling industry. After entering the Girlfriend Magazine modeling comp in 2004, Harris has gone on to appear on the cover of Vogue, walk the runway for some of the world’s best designers and is now a Priceline Pharmacy Sister, helping to raise awareness and funds for different women’s charities.
We caught up with Sam to talk fitness, paving the way for Indigenous Australian models and budget beauty buys.
You were the second indigenous Australian to cover Vogue, do you think indigenous women are being represented enough in the modelling industry today?
“I definitely think there’s more to be done but I do know a few indigenous models, I wouldn’t say there’re a lot, but there’s more than there used to be which I think is important. We can only get bigger and bigger I hope.”
Why is important to you to be paving the way?
“When I first started modelling many years ago, I actually never thought that I would be such a role model to young indigenous kids. I’m so honoured and I’m so flattered that I am but back in my early days I just wanted to be a model like any other young girl. Now that all this has happened and I’ve been very fortunate to have the success I’ve had, I think it’s really important because young indigenous Australians need someone to look up to.”
“Yes, there are other models out there that they can look up to but I think it’s great for them to have an indigenous role model, someone they can relate to. It’s really important. Because I know in indigenous communities the kids are quite shy, I have a young niece and she’s really shy, so to see someone of the same culture doing quite well in something they’d like to pursue is really important.”