SHE’S a Tamworth-born tomboy who can outshoot her brothers, bait her own hooks and gut her own fish, but Eedi Jennar is just one stylish step away from becoming one of the world’s top models.
Born and bred in the country on a property just out of Tamworth, 16-year-old Eedi will travel to London, England, in March 2014 as a grand finalist in Top Model Worldwide, a global search for the most promising new talent in the professional modelling world.
She’s always wanted a career in the fashion industry, so last year when Eedi was picked up by IKON Model Management in Sydney, it was the start of her dream come true.
Since then she’s done a catwalk show in Tamworth and had about 10 photo shoots and attended photography workshops for a studio in Sydney.
Every two weeks Eedi travels to Sydney for development and training with her agency - all of this while completing her Year 10 studies at Oxley High School.
The youngest of Wayne and Vicki Jennar’s four children, her siblings are Khyle, Jedd (deceased) and Rhen.
Always looking for further opportunities, Eedi discovered the Top Model Worldwide website and, as it was calling for entries, she applied.
While the competition is held in London, UK, anyone from any country can enter and they obviously liked what they saw on Eedi’s entry as she was offered a casting call - via Skype.
“That was last Friday night, with Geoff Cox from the Top Model Worldwide judging panel,” Eedi said.
“The interview lasted about 15 minutes. He asked me a series of questions and I showed him my portfolio and walked for him.
“Based on how I answered those questions, I had to wait 24 hours while he discussed my application with the other team members.
“The next day he sent me an email confirming I was a grand finalist in the competition, which is held early next year in London.”
In last year’s competition, models from 40 countries around the world were represented, so Eedi is keen to get there and see where it leads.
Eedi plans to travel to London with her mum and has just secured sponsorship of UK195 pounds from the Bank of Queensland, part of which goes towards charities the eight-year-old competition supports.
Her ultimate goal is to become a working international model, and while she’s aware it’s a brutal industry, she’s prepared to push forward and see how far she can go.
At a leggy 177cm in height, she certainly has the elevation - and the determination - to pursue her dreams in the fashion world, but with her feet firmly on the ground, she also has a plan B.
“I’m going to study tourism and events through TAFE next year and I also want to study make-up artistry and travel,” Eedi said.
“There are so many girls out there with dreams who don’t make it, but regardless of how I go in the competition, I’ve still got my goals set for a career in fashion.
“I’ve always admired Miranda Kerr, so I figure if a girl from Gunnedah can be a Victoria’s Secret model, what’s stopping a tomboy from Tamworth?”