Claws come out in battle of the models
By RACHEL AFFLICK firstname.lastname@example.org THE world of top modelling is a bitchy place, a lesson Byron Bay High School girl Alamela Rowan has found out the hard way.
The 17-year-old was chosen as a finalist in the new series of Australia’s Next Top Model on Fox Eight, and the claws of her rivals have already come out.
The show, which follows a group of young women competing for top model status, is also famous for its controversy, drama and back-stabbing.
Interviewed by a crew from A Current Affair this week, one of the contestants took a swipe at Alamela, saying she has had more interesting conversations with herself.
“That created a lot of tension at the time,” Alamela told the Sydney media.
“I confronted her about it because the way we are represented to the public, at this early stage in the competition, is very important.
“But we chatted and sorted it out. My feeling is that she can say whatever she likes and it won’t affect me, because I know I am not boring.”
Busting to tell her friends about it for months, and sworn to secrecy by the show’s producers, Alamela was excited to make the final 13 and hopes it will open some modelling doors, according to her dad, Peter Rowan.
But Mr Rowan said he was sure there would be ‘some controversy’ amongst the contestants.
“She’s a lovely person and I’m just proud to be her father,” he said.
Alamela grew up at South Golden Beach. Described by her dad as a ‘very committed student,’ she is doing Year 12 by correspondence while living in the Top Model house in Sydney.
Passionate about the environment and animals, Alamela had intended to pursue a career as a veterinarian. Now modelling is her focus.
“She has wanted to get into modelling since she was eight years old,” Mr Rowan said. “She always loved dress-ups.
“Being a single parent and being a male, I found it a little unusual to be her consultant for her runway technique and her fashion choices.”