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Australia’s Next Top Model to L’Oréal ambassador, the future is bright for Duckie Thot

Duckie Thot doesn’t like to stay in one place for too long. Born Nyadak Thot in Melbourne, Australia, to Sudanese parents, Duckie travelled to New York shortly after placing third in Australia’s Next Top Model. Once in the US, she was snapped up by a modelling agency and she now travels between London, Milan, Paris and ‒ of course ‒ New York, starring in campaigns for Balmain and Fenty, shooting covers for various glossy magazines ‒ including Harper’s Bazaar ‒ and appearing on the catwalk for the likes of Jeremy Scott, Dsquared2 and Oscar de la Renta. And now, she has been announced as an ambassador for beauty giant L’Oréal Paris. With so much travelling, we wouldn’t be surprised if Duckie spends half of her waking hours either in an airport or in the sky.

 

Taking to Instagram (@duckieofficial) shortly after the announcement was made, 22-year-old Duckie told her 1.1 million followers that she was feeling “beyond blessed to the the new global spokeswoman for L’Oréal Paris”. Speaking to to the fashion bible WWD, a L’Oréal spokesperson explained that it was Duckie’s outspoken personality that lured them in, in particular, “when she called out having to bring her own make-up onto set or to style her own hair when the shoot stylists lacked the knowledge. She launched online conversations where others shared their stories. By speaking out, she has contributed to the redefinition of what being a model is. Her uplifting messages are shared to inspire her followers to love themselves.” L’Oréal is referring to Duckie publicly calling out the fashion industry for not being equipped for models with dark skin and afro hair. Like many a model before her, Duckie had very little option but to arrive on set with her own foundation, as it was unlikely that the make-up artist would be carrying a shade dark enough for her skin tone.

In September, Duckie made her catwalk debut for L’Oréal on their SS19 60-metre floating runway on the River Seine, in Paris. It’s believed around a 200,000-strong audience gathered at the river’s edge to see the likes of Eva Longoria, Cheryl Tweedy and, of course, Duckie walk in the show. It was quite literally traffic-stopping ‒ for 30 minutes at least.

 

Now, the model is set to get her wings. Duckie has confirmed that she will walk in her first-ever show for Victoria’s Secret in New York at the end of this year. A spot in the show is highly covetable and aggressively pursued, with most ‒ if not all ‒ of the modelling greats having donned a pair of wings at some point or another. Karlie Kloss, Gisele, Gigi and Bella Hadid, Joan Smalls and Alessandra Ambrosio are all familiar faces on the VS catwalk. For Duckie Thot, the only way is up, up, up.

3 things we’ve learnt from Duckie Thot

1. Long hair is back in a big way.

Duckie’s signature length is making us mourn our old long hair.

 

2. Never give up on what you want.

After coming third on Australia’s Next Top Model, Duckie’s career stalled in Australia. Not to be deterred, she packed her bags and headed to Brooklyn, New York, where she found her big break.

 

3. Don’t be afraid to speak up

Rather than just accepting the fact that make-up artists almost never carried foundation dark enough for her skin, Duckie took to social media to call out the industry and its tired excuses. Now, she’s signed with the world’s largest cosmetic companies and is bringing about change from the inside.