It all began in 2011, when a young Taylor Ridley (Sippy Downs) first cast for a chance to model at the Sunshine Coast Fashion Festival. Those eye and those cheek bones, it was a yes straight away. Taylor has walked the catwalk for the event every year since moving through the tween ranges.
This year, she spotted on the private instagram account of Jacinta Richmond, Director of the Sunshine Coast Fashion Festivals, as she attended Jacinta’s daughter’s birthday party. Spotted by none other than IMG Models Australia, the biggest agency in the world with top names like Miranda Kerr. Within minutes, Jacinta was receiving calls from IMG, followed by toher agencies within quick succession.
“Linda [Taylor’s mother] and I had discussed many time agencies for Taylor but we weren’t where we wanted to be, something always stopped us – until IMG came calling. You don’t say no,” said Jacinta.
Taylor is now in development with the agency and returns to the Sunshine Coast Fashion Festival on October 25 – to walk the catwalk with her mother!
Linda Schmidt has her own modelling story, a model with top agency at the time Ursula’s. Linda has been out of the industry for some time now but the statuesque figure and those cheekbones remain and she is making a come back into the industry for the Sunshine Coast Style Awards as a mature age model.
“Only for the Sunshine Coast Fashion Festival, “said Linda.
“I am excited to have the opportunity to work alongside my daughter Taylor,” said Linda of the opportunity for the Sippy Downs mother and daughter.
Linda and Taylor will strut their stuff on Saturday 25th October at the Sunshine Coast Fashion Festival held at Palmer Coolum Resort.