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Duckie Thot says she couldn’t work in Australia because of skin colour

Wednesday - 20/09/2017 01:25
SOUTH Sudan-born Aussie model Duckie Thot says she had to leave Australia to work as a professional model.

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.

Model Duckie Thot walks the runway during Christian Cowan Spring Summer 2018 Fashion Show. Picture: Getty Images
Model Duckie Thot walks the runway during Christian Cowan Spring Summer 2018 Fashion Show. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

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’.

But the South Sudan-born model said she struggled to find work in Australia. Picture: Getty Images
But the South Sudan-born model said she struggled to find work in Australia. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

 

That is now gracing the cover of Paper magazine.
That is now gracing the cover of Paper magazine.Source:Supplied

“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’

 Key: Duckie Thot

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