It’s been a mere year and a half since 15-year-old Mia Pollock began professionally modelling. Now she’s in the running to be crowned the Australian Supermodel of the Year, presented by JASS. Mia’s chosen category is Commercial/Editorial/Social, and the stunning blue eyes, brunette locks, bubbly personality and overall cuteness will no doubt win over the judges.
As Mornington Peninsula Magazine went to print, Mia was surrounded by like-minded models at the TS Suites in Bali. It has been a whirlwind experience for Mia, the youngest of the 25 competitors whose ages range up to 30. The fun-filled experience included workshops, day trips, and even a photo shoot on a boat. The educational opportunity will conclude on February 4 with a winner announced from each category, and an overall winner chosen.
The Mornington-based teenager, who will be 16 in October, has been offered countless jobs with popular fashion brands since being signed in October 2018. Mia has been the face of Decjuba Kids for the past year, and modelled for Country Road Teen, Bardot Junior, and Just Jeans. It was a little photo shoot for a magazine a few years ago that ignited her passion for modelling.
“I always wanted to model but Mum didn’t want me to,” said Mia. “When I was offered a chance to sign with a company, she was like ‘OK, we’ll allow it’, and I’ve had lots of jobs since.”
In five years, Mia hopes to be running her own clothing brand where she can dabble in both sides of the business — designing and modelling. For now, her spare time is spent playing netball, surfing, camping and of course practising her poses, angles and smiles in the mirror. This busy Year 10 student also has a passion for vlogging, and as a result her YouTube channel is flourishing. Here she uploads footage from her photo shoots, answers questions, takes viewers behind the scenes of the modelling world and helps other models with any queries they may have. You can catch the charismatic Mia at mia.pollock on YouTube, or @mia.pollock on Instagram.
“All of the shoots were fun, but as Decjuba was my first shoot, it was so special and it always will be,” said Mia. “I was so excited, but I didn’t really know what I was doing. I just hopped in front of the camera and did my thing; they said I was perfect.”
Stop by her social media accounts to see how our local beauty went in the national competition.