Queensland beauty Chantal Monaghan is an Australian model standing on the front line of selfmade international fame. Despite her success as one of Judge Naomi Campbell's favourites on the 2014 model search TV series The Face, Chantal wasn't about to rely on the attention to seal her
Scoring a contract with Chic Model Management New York prior to the show even airing in
Australia, Chantal meant business, and she's 100% determined write her own success story. We
thought that deserved Front Line status and we caught up with Chantal on the set of the summer
shoot to chat modelling, diversity and inspirational people.
Westfield: How were you introduced to modelling?
Chantal Monaghan: I started modelling when I was five, and when I finished high school, I went to Paris. I was scouted when I was 14 in a coffee shop. Then I moved to New York about a year ago.
W: What has been your career highlight thus far?
CM: My career highlight to date is my first job in Paris when I booked the John Paul Gaultier show, and then I booked the Georgio Armani show after that.
W: What advice would you give other girls starting out in the industry?
CM: Be strong, because everything is hard, not just modelling. Lean on family and friends for support and just go for it!
W: Where will we find you when you're not in front of the camera?
CM: When I’m not modelling, I do a lot of charity work, particularly with women's charities that support research for ovarian cancer.
W: What change would you like to see in the modelling world?
CM: There are a few things I think we should change in the modelling industry. In Australia, I believe that we should reach out to more diverse talent. We have started to do that, and I'm happy to see that change.
W: What are you on the Front Line of?
CM: I’m on the front line of promoting diversity in the modelling industry. My mum is Australian, and my dad is Nigerian, so that gives me a unique ethnic background that I'm proud to represent.
W: Who do you look to for inspiration?
CM: The one person who inspires me is my mum; I wouldn’t be here today without her.