SOUTH Sudan-born Aussie model Duckie Thot says she had to leave Australia to work as a professional model.
After a strong run on season eight of Australia’s Next Top Model, the statuesque beauty was flagged as the next Naomi Campbell.
But Thot — who graces the cover of this months Paper magazine, which famously helped Kim Kardashian break the internet — has now revealed she struggled to book jobs at home.
That said she was concerned how far she could go “being in a country that doesn’t promote black models” and made the decision to move to the US.
“I was just this little girl in Australia just being like, ‘Oh yeah, I want to do modelling’,” Thot said.
“I remember running on the treadmill in Australia and thinking, ‘You should be running on the treadmill in New York’.
“I just thought — why am I here? So I was just like, ‘Let me make the executive decision to move to New York. I’m not getting my coins in Australia’.”
That recently had a knockout New York Fashion week, walking in several big shows including Rhianna’s collaboration with Puma.
Originally published as ‘I couldn’t work in Australia due to my skin colour’