Sunday, September 14, 2008
I've just read some incredible news about New Zealand's rising star Olivia O'Driscoll on Patty Huntington's Frockwriter blog. 17 year old O'Driscoll will not be making an appearance at Air New Zealand Fashion Week (starting Tuesday), but that's ok, because she's on hold for a DRUM ROLL..... Prada/Miu Miu show exclusive in Milan later in the month. If she lands the exclusive, she's set to earn a whopping - and I mean fricken whopppppping - $128,000.
Caroline from Nova, O'Driscoll's NZ agent, had this to say in a Dominion Post article yesterday morning:
"Financially, it was a no-brainer. It is really frustrating because everyone here wants to use her and I feel really embarrassed as NZ Fashion Week is really important to us, but it is important that Olivia is in Paris."
No-brainer is perhaps the understatement of the century; $128,000 for two shows compared with a few hundred dollars per show here in New Zealand. I know which one I'd choose. And this is all happening for a girl who, a mere 12 months ago, didn't want to get into modelling at all.
"There was lots going on in my life and I couldn't really commit 100 per cent to modelling at that time, when I commit to doing something, I commit 100 per cent and so this year was definitely the right timing for me."
I'll bet you $128,000 she's not regretting that decision now.