Modelling career takes off in UK

Former Birregurra woman Fiona Falkiner, above and right, is forging an international career as a plus-size model after signing with agencies in London and New York.

Former Birregurra woman Fiona Falkiner, above and right, is forging an international career as a plus-size model after signing with agencies in London and New York.

FORMER Birregurra resident Fiona Falkiner’s modelling career is going from strength to strength after signing with one of the biggest New York agencies.

Ms Falkiner, 31, based in London since January, says she will consider moving to New York to pursue job prospects after signing with JAG Models.

“I am currently under an exclusive contract for six months with a UK company called Yours Clothing so I have to be based in London but plan on trying to get over to New York as much as possible,” she said.

“I came over September last year on a trip to meet London agents and met with Milk and signed with them on the spot, they have been amazing.

“And next year I will need to make the decision, if I move to New York or stay in London.”

The plus-size model appeared on weight-loss television reality program The Biggest Loser in 2006 and went from a size 20 to a size 12 while on the show, but is now a size 16.

“I applied for The Biggest Loser as my weight had been something I had struggled with my entire life,” she said.

“Before I went on the show I was not really living my life, I blamed my weight for all my insecurities; I used to be so shy and was living my life through other people.”

Ms Falkiner said that “all those insecurities were still there” after shedding 30 kilograms.

“They had nothing to do with my weight or my dress size, it all has to do with a mind set,” Ms Falkiner said.

“I finally realised this is the body I have been given and once I learned to love it, I started looking after it a lot better,” she said.

“So my message to girls is to love your body, own your body and rock your body whatever size you may be.”

Ms Falkiner said travel to European countries and “meeting so many incredible people every day” were the highlights of her new career.

“I have been to Denmark, Sweden, France, Germany – it’s all been so much fun,” she said.

“Modelling was never a job that I thought I would end up doing, I always wanted to be a makeup artist and it was when I was studying makeup that my modelling really took off.”

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