SHE may be on the path to becoming Australia’s first indigenous super model, but Samantha Harris’ mother says her daughter is still a “country girl” at heart.
The former Banora Point teenager made her debut in fashion magazine Vogue Australia wearing Italian brand Miu Miu this week in the recently released March edition.
But the 19-year-old was not able to celebrate in Australia after the call of the catwalk led her to the UK this week to prepare for her first appearance on an international runway during London Fashion Week later this month.
Despite her recent success, mother Myrna Harris said her daughter was still the same “Tweed country girl” she always had been.
“It’s so exciting for her; she just looks so beautiful,” Mrs Harris said. “I can’t even believe it’s my daughter in Vogue.
“She has been putting all that hard work into it and it has been paying off for her.”
Miss Harris moved to Sydney in March last year to continue her dreams of becoming a model. She left for London on Tuesday.
“We miss her a lot back here in Tweed,” Mrs Harris said. “My little girl is growing up.”
Mrs Harris said she believed an overseas move was next for her daughter.
“Paris and Milan are next for her I believe,” she said.
Miss Harris also recently posed for Grazia magazine.
Her agent, Chic Management representative Kathy Ward, said her client had high ambitions.
“She has always aspired to be in Vogue,” Ms Ward said.
“She’s the first indigenous Australian with true international modelling potential and is an inspirational story for the proud and important Aboriginal community.”
Miss Harris, who is part Aboriginal and part Danish, first found success on the runway at age 13 after entering a model search for Australian teenager magazine Girlfriend.
Since then she had served as a David Jones youth ambassador and modelled campaigns for major labels such as Alex Perry and Wayne Cooper.
She has also shot editorials for Marie-Claire, Nylon, Yen and Harpers Bazaar.