Fiji’s first international super model

Phillipa Steele


Sigatoka student Philipa Steele has created history becoming the first Fijian to sign up with the Trump Model agency based in New York.

Steele was selected from 52 potential models who took part in a casting call held by Trump Model scout, Duane Gazi-White at Fiji Broadcasting Corporation in Suva yesterday.

Gazi-White said Steele showed that she has a lot of potential.

“She is sixteen years old and when she walked in front of me it took me a moment to capture myself. I mean she just has so much potential and one always hopes that that’s what you will find.”_

As for Steele, she never thought she’d be picked.

“I didn’t really think I would come here and make it. So I just told my mother don’t expect anything from me. I am just going to have fun and come back home – so I haven’t been to school this whole week. I have been struggling, practicing and shopping and to come here and to see the reaction and winning is really amazing. This is for all the people in the west especially to the Sigatoka people.”


Steele had also won the crown in the 2012 Divisional Crime Prevention Carnival in Sigatoka.

Steele, who is from Kulukulu in Sigatoka, will continue her studies until the end of the year before she moves to New York.






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