South Coast woman lands first modelling gig, wears pieces by Indigenous designers for Piinpi exhibition

Tali Farrell-Wellington wears earrings by Tammy Lalara at Anindilyakwa Arts for her first modelling gig. Picture: Karleen Minney
Tali Farrell-Wellington wears earrings by Tammy Lalara at Anindilyakwa Arts for her first modelling gig. Picture: Karleen Minney

Proud Wandiwandian woman Tali Farrell-Wellington didn't have modelling on her radar, until she was tapped on the shoulder by an agency.

Hailing from Jerrinja Country (Jervis Bay), the 18-year-old is excited to have signed with Victoria's Models, a modelling agency in Canberra.

"I actually have never really thought about modelling seriously, I've had a few people talk to me about doing modelling in the past but I never really thought it until now," she said.

"One of Victoria's spotters suggested that I contact the agency and that's what I did and they were very lovely and now I've just recently signed with them.

"I'm very excited to model for them."

Tali embraced her first modelling gig, which was a photoshoot held at the National Museum of Australia for the Piinpi: Contemporary Indigenous Fashion Exhibition.

The exhibition is a major survey of contemporary Indigenous fashion, featuring work by Indigenous designers and creatives from cities and regional center's, including jewellery, textiles, traditional weaving and streetwear.

"It meant a lot for me to be wearing some of the Indigenous designers clothing. The clothes were absolutely stunning, but yeah, my first modelling job it was nice for it to be Indigenous-related," said Tali.

"It's not very often you get to do these things. I felt very powerful and proud to be wearing the designs.

"It's good exposure for the Indigenous communities, and I think with the career path I'm looking to follow it'll give me great experience and more confidence being in front of a camera."

An aspiring reporter studying a Bachelor of Communications and Sports Media at the University of Canberra, Tali is also keen to see where modelling takes her.

"I hope to follow my passion for journalism myself and hopefully soon be reporting, I hope to be a leader and someone that younger Indigenous kids can look up to for inspiration to pursue their dreams," she said.

"I'm also very excited to model for Victoria's models and see where that takes me."

Some of the pieces modelled by Tali included a shawl and earrings by Tammy Lalara at Anindiliyaka Arts and dresses by Lisa Waup X Verner.

Bendigo Art Gallery's exhibition opened at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra last Friday as part of a national tour, and will be showing in the Focus Gallery until 8 August. Entry is free.

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