Modelling contest leads to marketing role
YEPPOON teenager Hollie Tickner looks at the huge photo of herself and says she always wanted to be like Elle McPherson.
The 16-year-old model is well and truly on her way, with her face featured in more than 130 retail chain Supre stores all over Australia and New Zealand.
"It's all right,'' Ms Tickner said from Stockland Rockhampton's Supre store, where she is not only featured on advertising, but also an employee.
"So many of my friends when they go away say 'oh, I saw your face down there'.''
"It's just the same when I'm cleaning racks near it!'' Ms Tickner's journey to becoming one of the faces of the clothing giant started at a modelling competition in Ayr last year.
She was spotted by the daughter of the Supre chain owners, who also happens to be heavily involved in the marketing of the company.
"Usually they use Sydney girls,'' the St Ursula's student said.
"I just got to know her down there.
"Then she emailed and asked if I wanted to be in it.''
The new advertising campaign featuring North Queensland girls is not all she has been involved in.
"I had an eight-page spread with Queensland Brides,'' she said.
"I just came back from doing a video film clip.
She was also a runner up in the Miss Teen Australia, and winner of Miss Photogenic in the same competition.
But it seems the teenager has her sights set on bigger things.
"A TV show like Home and Away would be awesome,'' she said, with the air of someone who will achieve just that.