Will She Be the First Aboriginal Supermodel?

'Smoldering' Samantha Harris wows Aussies
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Posted May 10, 2010 3:51 AM CDT
Updated May 15, 2010 7:08 AM CDT
Vogue Goes Aboriginal
Model Samantha Harris prepares backstage ahead of a fashion show in Sydney.   (Getty Images)

A striking Aboriginal model has nailed the cover of Australian Vogue after Aussie Fashion Week fans were blown away by her "smoldering beauty"—and may be on her way to being the first Aboriginal supermodel. Samantha Harris, 19, showed off creations by 18 different designers at Australian Fashion Week to rave reviews and will soon head to New York; though she's the second such model to be a Vogue covergirl, she's been pegged as the first with international appeal, notes the Independent.

"I spent my childhood wondering why you had to have blond hair and blue eyes to do well in modeling competitions, so I'm proud that a girl with my looks might make it," she said. Harris' mom, one of the so-called "Stolen Generations" of Aboriginals, was taken from her home as a child and raised in a state institution as part of Australia's plan to integrate Aboriginal children into white society.
(More Samantha Harris stories.)

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