The fashion industry, while progressing in many ways, still needs to further embrace inclusivity. A notable gap has been the underrepresentation of Australia’s First Nations talents. The vibrant Indigenous community in Australia boasts extraordinary talent, waiting for the global spotlight. 

Here’s a glimpse of 8 trailblazing Indigenous talents who are not just reshaping the fashion narrative but are also proud torchbearers of their heritage.

Charlee Fraser

Stepping onto the New York Fashion Week stage in 2016, Charlee quickly ascended to global fame, gracing the runways of high-calibre brands such as Dior, Prada, Balenciaga, and Alexander Wang, among others.

With her rich Awabakal Australian roots, Charlee champions inclusivity in the modelling realm, consistently advocating for positive change.

Her dedication was recognized in 2020 when she was appointed as an ambassador and industry mentor for First Nation Fashion and Design, an esteemed organization committed to uplifting Indigenous talent. Further cementing her impact, Marie Claire honoured her as one of the standout women of 2021.

Instagram: @charleefraser


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Samantha Harris

In the world of modelling, the name Sam Harris resonates deeply. Capturing attention early on by clinching the Girlfriend Magazine Covergirl title at just 13, Sam’s trajectory has been nothing short of remarkable.

By 2010, she made waves at the Australian Fashion Week, participating in an unprecedented number of shows. By 18, she added another accolade to her portfolio as only the second Indigenous model to be featured on Vogue’s coveted cover. 

Rooted in her Dunghutti lineage, through her mother, Sam wears her Indigenous pride on her sleeve, continuously advocating for the magnification of Aboriginal cultural appreciation. 2021 saw her illuminating the runway for Indii Swimwear and taking a prominent seat at the First Nations showcases during the Australian Fashion Week on Gadigal lands.

Beyond the ramp, her commitment to conservation shines as she collaborates with the World Wildlife Fund, supporting numerous Indigenous female rangers in safeguarding Australia’s treasured landscapes.

Instagram: @sam_harris

Cindy Rostron

Emerging from the rich tapestry of the Rembarrnga Dalabon lineage, Cindy Rostron represents the Bonngu clan with grace and pride. First Nations Fashion + Design recognized her undeniable potential in June 2021, leading her to grace the Barungra Festival’s runway.

Gaining valuable insights under the guidance of Magnolia Maymuru, Cindy’s youthful energy at just 16 was soon captured by the clothing label, North. Their commitment to elevating Australian designers prominently showcased a spectrum of Indigenous brilliance, with Cindy right at the heart.

As she embarks on this promising journey, all signs indicate that Cindy’s impact will only magnify in the fashion world.


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Shaneiva Chatfield

Representing the rich heritage of the Gamilaroi community, Shaneiva brilliantly melds her skills as an artist with her modelling career. Her artistry sheds light on the challenges faced by her community, prompting broader dialogues on these pressing issues.

In the modelling realm, Shaneiva has collaborated with leading Australian brands like MIMCO and Nivea. Her standout moment came in 2021 when she graced the Australian Fashion Week runway, specifically highlighting the First Nations Fashion + Design show.

Instagram: @shaneivaa 

Billie-Jean Hamlet

Hailing from the Aboriginal community of Ngurturwarta in Western Australia’s Kimberly region, Billie-Jean now calls Bondi home. She’s been the face of prominent Australian fashion labels including Bec + Bridge, SIR The Label, and Country Road.

Embodying a grounded lifestyle with a commitment to wellness, she’s recently been recognized as an ambassador for Wanderlust Wellness, a brand known for its organic supplements advocating holistic well-being.

Instagram: @billiejeanhamlet


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Sarsha Chisholm

After headlining Myer’s Spring/Summer Campaign in 2020, Sarsha marked her unmistakable presence in the modelling arena. Subsequent collaborations with brands like Kmart, Bondi Sands, and Rove further spotlighted her rising star.

In a conversation with Perth Now, she voiced her pride in magnifying her deep-rooted heritage through her profession, aspiring to pave the way for future Indigenous models.

Instagram: @sarshachisholm_ 

Magnolia Maymuru

Emerging from Yirrkala in the Northern Territory, Magnolia Maymuru, a distinguished Yolŋu woman, transitioned seamlessly from modelling to acting. Discovered in her teens in 2014, she made history at 19 by becoming the first Aboriginal woman from the NT to grace the Miss World Australia beauty pageant, subsequently advancing to the national finals, amplifying Indigenous visibility.

By 2019, she clinched the Best Supporting Actress accolade at the 9th AACTA Awards for her captivating role in “The Nightingale”. More recently, Magnolia became the face of David Jones’ #WeWearAustralian campaign, championing local talent.

Instagram: @_mewuraa_ 


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Lisa’s rapid ascent in the fashion world is evident from her trio of appearances at Afterpay Australian Fashion Week and collaborations with prominent brands like MECCA, Bec + Bridge, and Sportsgirl. Her runway debut took place at the First Nations Fashion + Design’s inaugural show in Cairns, in 2020.

She continued her association, gracing the stage again at the 2021 Afterpay Australian Fashion Week, eventually advancing to a mentor for their BRISFEST showcase.

Moreover, Lisa’s commitment extends beyond the runway: she’s a devoted ambassador and guide for the ‘Aspire to be Deadly’ initiative, fostering education, well-being, and leadership among young Indigenous women across various regions via hockey.

Instagram: @lisa.fatnowna

These vibrant faces and compelling narratives are more than just a testament to talent; they’re an embodiment of Indigenous Australia’s rich heritage and future potential. 

If you or someone you know resonates with these stories and has the passion to shape the world of fashion, we invite you to join this transformative journey. 

Share this with the next potential Indigenous trailblazer and encourage them to step into the limelight.  Let’s collectively celebrate and uplift the voices that deserve the global stage.

In the vast and varied world of acting, there’s a multitude of layers that make up the casting process. The Casting Guild of Australia (CGA) recognises the challenges and intricacies actors navigate daily. Hence, we’ve curated this comprehensive guide to aid actors, offering insights that promise to simplify the casting journey for both actors and casting directors.

Navigating Casting Platforms

For casting directors, casting platforms are the daily bread. They’re essential tools, enabling them to efficiently identify and connect with potential talent. Every casting director might have their personal favourite, so it’s crucial for actors to spread their presence across multiple platforms.

When selecting a platform, thorough research is imperative. Consult with your agent and discern which platform aligns with your professional goals.

But these platforms aren’t just tools for project briefings or tape collection. They’re treasure troves where casting directors seek inspiration and find fresh talent. Every audition tape dispatched reaches a vast audience, encompassing directors, producers, and various networks. An updated profile, complete with your latest work, ensures that potential employers grasp the full scope of your abilities.

Considering investing in your acting career? Prioritise establishing a robust presence on leading professional casting platforms. Not only is this cost tax-deductible, but the returns, in terms of exposure and opportunities, can be significant.

Choose platforms that have stringent vetting systems for posting audition notices. Ensure that projects uphold MEAA’s minimum fees, terms, and conditions. Keep your profile details – age range, gender, base location, ethnicity, and unique attributes – accurate and up-to-date.


Tips for a Winning Profile

  • A showreel, past self-tapes, or scenes can increase your chances of direct offers from client producers and directors.
  • Regularly update your credits as you take on new projects.
  • Use a recent headshot, ideally not older than five years. Your headshot should resemble your current look and be devoid of excessive makeup or filtering.


The Rise of Self-Tapes

Self-tapes are reshaping the casting landscape. Most casting directors now request self-tapes for initial auditions, with in-person call-backs or Zoom sessions following. Never should actors be expected to pay for submitting a self-tape. The CGA ensures that platforms used for tape submissions are cost-free for actors.

Actors needn’t spend excessively on professional studios for self-tapes. Simple recordings using smartphones, ensuring clear audio and video, suffice. Remember, auditions are indicative of potential, not perfection. The authenticity of the portrayal is more valuable than the production quality.

Promptly respond to self-tape requests, ideally within 48 hours. Delays or lack of responses can lead to missed opportunities for other actors. Treat audition invitations with respect – just as you’d respond to a dinner invitation.

Facing challenges with self-taping? Don’t sweat it! Hunter Talent has all the resources you need. Check out our comprehensive guide for quick and effective tips on self-taping.

Balancing the Positives & Negatives of Self-Taping


  • Self-taping allows casting directors to evaluate more actors, resulting in more opportunities.
  • Flexible recording times, reduced travel, and accessibility even from remote locations.
  • Greater creative control for actors, resulting in often higher quality submissions.


  • Increased competition due to wider talent accessibility.
  • Potential feelings of disconnect, given the absence of in-room interactions.
  • Lack of immediate feedback and the need for self-sourcing readers.

Upholding Equity Self-Tape Guidelines

The CGA collaborates with the Equity Self Tape Guidelines, ensuring standardised processes. While exceptions, like unforeseen scheduling changes or pandemic-induced reshuffling, may arise, transparent communication is crucial.

Feedback is invaluable, and while casting directors may face time constraints, rest assured every audition is meticulously reviewed. The CGA advocates timely feedback, and efforts are ongoing to integrate a Yes/No feedback button to streamline processes.

The Power of MEAA Membership

Membership with MEAA offers an umbrella of protection, ensuring that actors’ rights, terms, and conditions are upheld. While the hope is that actors never face adversities, having the backing of a formidable organisation ensures support when it’s most needed.


Hunter Talent’s Dedication to YOU

The professionals at Hunter Talent stand firm behind the perspectives and directives outlined in this guide. Our years in the trenches have shown us the profound value of these principles, especially in the ever-shifting landscape of casting.

Knowledge is, undeniably, a beacon of strength. With this comprehensive guide in hand, we wholeheartedly urge both the budding and the experienced talents to navigate the casting path with conviction and vigour.

In the fold of Hunter Talent, you aren’t merely a performer; you’re a cherished collaborator. Be it through intensive workshops, strategic networking sessions, or genuine, open dialogues, we’re committed to supporting you at every juncture. And our exhilaration when you clinch a role? It’s unparalleled and genuine.

Auditioning is indeed an art, a voyage, and to some extent, a science. Yet, at its core, it is about undying passion, unwavering perseverance, and a touch of joy. So, gear up, command the limelight, and be prepared to make an indelible mark.

To auditions, ambitions, and the relentless pursuit of excellence — Hunter Talent stands beside you.

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