Law and Criminology student Kidist Begashaw only stepped into the world of modelling a year ago, but already the Haynes local is making waves, jetting off to Bali next week as a finalist in the Australian Supermodel of the Year 2023 contest.
At 18-years-old, Kidist has always dreamt of modelling, but lacked the confidence to follow her dreams.
“I fell in love with modelling seeing Naomi Campbell, but I always had a lack of self-belief,” Kidist said.
“Then I had an epiphany – you always have to chase your dreams and never hold back.
“People should believe in themselves; belief is the path to success.”
For Kidist, success is not about fame or wealth, but rather the opportunity to use her voice to spread a message.
“I want to use that unapologetically about diversity,” she said.
“Although diversity has improved, there still needs to be more inclusivity in the industry.
“A campaign can promote diversity, but behind the scenes it might be a different story.”
Growing up with two older sisters, Kidist says she is passionate about sisterhood and supporting women to achieve their best.
“My goal is to teach a larger audience that your differences do not set you back from your dreams, and that uniqueness is beautiful,” she said.
“In Bali, overall my aim is to gain experience and compete against myself – anyone who gets the title deserves it.
“Sisterhood reminds us we’re all here for each other.
“All of us girls deserve to be Australian Supermodel of the Year.”
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