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:: Spotlight :: Model Profile - Sophia Harris

By: Carmine Pascuzzi

One of the young women who made a big impression at the 2016 Miss World Australia pageant was Queenslander Sophia Harris. The young Gold Coast blonde was prominent in raising money for Variety - the Children’s Charity, a key component of the event, and her smile and engaging nature gave rise to the thought that Sophia has a big career ahead of her.

Already, she can list the following credits:
Miss Gold Coast Showgirl 2012
Miss Gold Coast Surf Girl 2012
Miss South East Queensland 2013
Miss Universe Australia Queensland State Finalist 2014
plus photographic and runway experience

Here is a profile on the rising modelling talent.

Q & A

Q. What is your family background?

A. I am the only person in my entire family who is Australian born and have spent my life being brought up by my English family, Mum and Dad moved here a few years before having me, leaving their family behind in North Yorkshire in the United Kingdom. We make frequent trips back to the UK to see family, the most recent been earlier this year.

Q. Did you grow up in your early teens wanting to be a model?

A. I always loved modelling and being in front of the camera growing up. My very first job was Dreamworld Girl at 5 years old! It was always something I enjoyed but it wasn’t until my late teens that I started to see it as something I wanted to make a career out of. In my early teens I was never someone who would spend hours doing my hair and make-up. You could find me out riding my horses, spending hours out in the paddock with my gum boots and jeans on.

Q. What have you discovered / learnt from the modelling scene?

A. I have learnt that you can never please everyone and that it is important to always be yourself through everything you do. It is something that my Mum use to say to me all the time, but it wasn’t until I was in the middle of the modelling world that I realised how important it is to be true to yourself.

Q. Career highlights to date?

A. Definitely competing in the Miss World Australian National Finals Pageant this year is very high on my list and being lucky enough to represent Queensland on the National stage was a very big highlight for me. It was such a rewarding experience allowing me to meet so many inspirational and inspiring people.

Q. Favourite hobbies?

A. I have been an avid horse rider for as long as I can remember. Mum paid for my first horse riding lesson when I was 5 years old after I nagged and nagged at her to take me and since then it is a sport that I have held close to my heart. I have competed across Queensland for many years in dressage and have spent time working with the Riding for the Disabled sharing my passion for horses with special needs children. I love to cook and have been encouraged to do so from being very young, I also love to eat so the two certainly go hand in hand!

Q. Favourite music?

A. My taste in music is a bit all over the place. I love a bit of everything. My dad is a musician and has constantly had a guitar in his hand for as long as I can remember, so I was brought up listening to bands like the Beatles and Queen; but I am never immune to a bit of Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift.

Q. Favourite films?

A. Anything with Zac Efron in it. My favourite film of all time though is “Love Actually”. No matter how many times I watch it I never get over it. It is my ‘go to’ movie.

Q. Beauty tips?

A. Drink loads of water and always take your make-up off and cleanse your face before bed. We have all thought at times, as we climb into that warm bed after a long day that missing one night won’t hurt but no! It is so very important to cleanse away the day's make-up and dirt. Even if it is just a quick face wipe over the face – your skin will thank you for it!

Q. What is your fashion sense?

A. It is very hard to put my fashion sense into one category as I dress to my daily mood. I love the outdoors, exercising and feeling comfortable when I don’t have work or just running errands and can usually be found wearing a mix of sporty and girl next door looks, although I do love a glamour event where I can get my sexy elegant side out, slip on those sky high heals and look my best!

Q. What do you feel sexiest wearing?

A. I definitely feel sexiest in something classic and simple – like a little black dress. It is a ‘must have’ item for every girls’ wardrobe. It is an item of clothing that can be dressed up or down to suit any occasion.

Q. Advice for young girls aspiring to be models?

A. Modelling can be loads of fun and it has allowed me to meet some amazing and inspiring people but I believe that it is very important for young girls to be aware that the modelling industry is not always what you see in photos on Facebook and Instagram. It is a career that involves hard work, determination and lots of knock-backs. It is very important to remain true to yourself and remain strong throughout the whole journey.

Q. What's the craziest thing that you've done?

A. Growing up I had a massive fear of heights! I travelled around Europe last year and I was determined to overcome my fear and when in Austria I took the leap and went paragliding off the Austrian Alps. This would have to be one of the most amazing experiences of my life.

Q. What's the funniest pick up line you've encountered?

A. I have heard some very funny pick-up lines, but my my favourite pick would have to be, “Do you know what my shirt is made of? Boyfriend Material”

Q. Favourite place visited?

A. I love to travel and I am constantly holding out for my next adventure. One of my favourite trips I have done was Europe last year, where I spent three months travelling and exploring. There were so many amazing places that I do intend to revisit; one of my favourite memories was in Venice, I went to a little back street café that overlooked one of the canals and watched the gondolas go past.

Q. Do you have a role model/s?

A. I have two people in particular who are huge role models for me. The first is Cathy Freeman who was a champion in her chosen sport. She is an iconic Olympian who had a dream and made it happen. She used her fame and status to help support Aboriginal Education for children, changing the lives of many children in her community and allowing them to have endless opportunities through education. Someone else who has been a role model for me for a lot of years is Jennifer Hawkins. Not only is she someone working within the modelling industry but she is an incredible business woman too. For me she is someone who is smart and hardworking. She has built a career doing something she loves and unlike many celebrity role models she has not let fame go to her head.

Q. People you've admired generally?

A. I am lucky to have a lot of people in my life who inspire me on a daily basis including close friends and family. One person in particular who has inspired me through everything I do would have to be my mum. My mum has worked her whole life and has worked for everything she has wanted and that is still true to the day. She is also someone who has always stood up for what she believes in and strives to give her personal best in everything she does.

Q. Are there any issues that you feel strongly about and would like to briefly discuss?

A. One issue that is very close to my heart is woman’s equality and woman having the same opportunities in education and life as men. I believe in equality for everyone and in every aspect of life. Although over the years there has definitely being a lot of improvements, we are no where near full gender equality. I think it is so important to teach and promote healthy attitudes in young girls; help them dream big and strive to reach their goals no matter what they want to do in life and to help them become the best versions of themselves.

Q. Future ambitions?

A. I am currently in my final years of University, studying a Bachelor of Primary Education at Griffith University on the Gold Coast. My whole life I have wanted to make a difference to the lives of others and to be role model for young girls. It is something I am very passionate about. I do plan to continue building a career in the modelling industry and to use this to inspire younger generations to reach their goals and to become the best version of themselves.

Shoe Size - 9
Dress Size - 8-10
Bust - 86cm
Waist - 66cm
Hips - 93cm
Height - 178cm

Social Media
Instagram : @_sophiajane_