Mags: Model search winners

You might recall the media interest around Girlfriend magazine's 2008 Model Search finalists, which included then 12-year-old (she's now 13) Karla Reid. Well, the votes are in and it's not Reid but 15-year-old Kate Budrodeen (pictured on left) who's taken the crown this time 'round (as with past winners Sarah Stephens, Abbey Lee and Catherine McNeil, the media coverage will likely kick in when she eventually 'makes it' overseas).

As I've mentioned before, I was impressed to see that Girlfriend/Chic's selection of finalists this year all appeared to register within a healthy weight range. Budrodeen, who hails from Clareville, NSW, and sports a pair of braces, is gorgeous (see her pictures from the January issue below). She maintains a balanced diet (Weet-Bix with honey and banana; salads and sandwiches for lunch; fruit for snacks; "whatever mum cooks" for dinner) and likes to play netball, swim, go for walks and practise yoga ("I just exercise when I feel like it, really," she says). Let's hope she doesn't fall victim to the weight pressures of the NYC/Europe scene a la Abbey Lee (who used to be enviably voluptuous – in model terms, at least – and healthy looking).

Also new to the professional modelling scene is the winner of the Supreme Management/V Magazine model search, 16-year old Canadian Addison Gill (also pictured). Let's hope this youngster gets the support she needs, too. As we know from the case of Ali Michael, without the correct support and supervision, the international modelling world can be brutal for an impressionable young girl. And tempting – Patty Huntington has taken issue with 16-year-old Australian model Tallulah Morton's partying antics. Ironically, both Lee and Morton are also featured in this month's Girlfriend.

Images from Budrodeen's shoot...



Yours truly,
Girl With a Satchel

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

I am thrilled Kate Budrodeen won. She is so normal and healthy looking. She has an athletic figure, and not the usual gaunt shoulders and bony knees/thighs we are used to. Props to Girlfriend for continually tackling body image.

amelia said...

Wow - I love her curves! I feel a "Megan Gale" coming on =)

lulu said...

georgous face...healthy figure, i'm impressed!

Charlotte said...

Kate is amazing. I am very happy with the judges decision.

Anonymous said...

addison was listed as only 14 on her agents site some weeks ago...

Anonymous said...

i bet she loses weight.

Anonymous said...

i can just see her in 2-3 years thin like the rest of them. its such a shame what the industry does to these girls. they treat them like they are worthless and arent humans

Anonymous said...

im naturally skinny and im entering this year. will i still have a chance or have they moved on to healthier looking girls?

Anonymous said...

yes i agree it is bad what the industry "does" to these girls. I think it is good that she doesn't look anorexic like the rest of the walking model zommbies with eyes popping out of their heads frailer than a dying old woman. The original supermodels elle macpherson, claudia schiffer, naomi campbell, christy turlington, cindy crawford all had quite curvy figures.
so she is nice and slim and has the most beautiful supermodel material and well structured face I have ever seen.

Anonymous said...

I love you kate, from sasha!

im so proud, if anyone deserves it its you. You tried so hard and your dream finally came true.

Anonymous said...

CAN YOU DELETE THAT ORANGE PHOTO OF HER WITH THE SPRAY TAN
IT DOES NOT DO HER JUSTICE WHAT SO EVER

Mozzarella Firefox said...

Kaate~
I go to school with her, she is AMAZINGLY pretty <3