1. Nicole Warne
Nicole Warne, 22, began her business love affair with vintage clothing after selling items on eBay. After two months of juggling full-time work, two fashion internships, and her fashion finds, she decided to leave her job and pursue her passion full-time. Her blog complements her online store, which has been featured in over five magazines and three international websites – with her recorded page views in one day standing at over 80,000. Warne’s blog combines her passion for her online store, Gary Pepper Vintage, her love of fashion and photography, and own personal style. Read Nicole Warne’s blog at garypeppervintage.blogspot.com.
2. Nirrimi Hakanson
Nirrimi Hakanson now 18, began shooting nonstop since age 13. It began as an obsession and now it is all that she is. Hakanson, grew up in the warmest place that she knows of which is North Queensland. It was always summer and her parents were wild and free, her childhood unconventionally beautiful. All that was, inspired all that is now. And so the naivety and quiet beauty of youth fascinates Hakanson. Photography becomes a way to relive her own childhood.
When Hakanson was 16, she was signed to an agency and commissioned to shoot her favourite magazine. At age 17, Hakanson shot Diesel’s Winter Campaign in New York City. This year Hakanson will be bringing out her first book. She has won 2 national photography awards (Youth Week and SOYA) and an international award (Artists Wanted). Hakanson takes photos because it’s all she knows and wants. Check out Nirrimi Hakanson’s blog at weliveyoung.blogspot.com.
3. Julia Stone
Julia Stone has music in her blood – her father, who played in a cover band, encouraged his children to play instruments and develop his love for music. After trying, unsuccessfully, to launch solo careers, Julia and her brother Angus began performing as a duo in 2005. Their debut EP, Chocolate & Cigarettes, was met with critical acclaim. Since then, they’ve released two albums: A Book Like This (2007) and Down the Way (2010). Down the Way was the highest-selling Australian release of 2010, and the single “Big Jet Plane” was named number one in Triple J’s Hottest 100 in 2011. Last year, Angus and Julia won the ARIA Award for Album of the Year.
4. Jessica Mauboy
Jessica, 22, is an Indigenous Australian R&B singer-songwriter and actress. In 2006, Mauboy was the runner-up on the fourth season of Australian Idol, she had auditioned for the talent show in Alice Springs to pursue a recording career. Mauboy subsequently signed a contract with Sony Music Australia.
In February 2007, she released her debut live album, The Journey, which reached number four on the ARIA Albums Chart, and was certified Gold by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). The album contained selected songs Mauboy performed as part of the top-twelve on Australian Idol. Later that year, she briefly became a member of all-girl pop group Young Divas, before resuming her solo career early in 2008. Mauboy released her debut studio album, Been Waiting, in November 2008, which spawned her first number-one hit single, “Burn”, as well as the album’s other top-ten hits, “Because” and “Running Back”. In 2010, Been Waiting was certified double Platinum by the ARIA, for shipments of 140,000 units, and became the second highest-selling Australian album of 2009. At the 2009 ARIA Music Awards, Mauboy earned seven nominations for the album and singles; she won ‘Highest Selling Single’ for “Running Back”.
Her second studio album, Get Em Girls, was released in November 2010; it debuted at number six on the ARIA Albums Chart and was certified Gold. Additionally, it spawned the hit singles, “Saturday Night” and “Inescapable”. As of August 2011, Mauboy has released five top-ten singles, as well as two top-ten albums. Mauboy made her acting debut in the film adaptation of the 1990 Aboriginal musical, Bran Nue Dae (2010), for which she received a nomination for “Female Actress of the Year” at the 2010 Deadly Awards. Mauboy’s cameo role in TV series, Underbelly: Razor and a lead role in The Sapphires, are due to be screened in 2011 and 2012, respectively.
5. Jessica Stein
Jessica Stein, 23, is a fashion blogger from Sydney. She is popular for her style and photography. Stein began her site in April 2011. Her blog complements her lookbook and tumblr page. Stein’s blog combines her love of fashion and photography, and own personal style. Read Jessica Stein’s blog at tuulavintage.blogspot.com/ or visit her lookbook at lookbook.nu/jessicastein.
6. Stephanie Gilmore
Stephanie Gilmore has absolutely dominated the ASP Women’s World Tour since her inception in 2007, clinching four consecutive ASP World Titles in four attempts with 17 event victories in addition to three Vans Triple Crown titles. The girl known as ‘Happy’ for her infectious smile is currently sitting three behind seven-time World Champ Layne Beachley at only 23 years of age. Gilmore is well on her way to establishing herself as the most dominant female surfer of all time.
Effortless style combined with a ferociously competitive nature and world-class skill have seen the Gold Coast beauty receive international acclaim and her ability to control events in all conditions could see her as the leader of the women’s surfing world for some time. With a flawless record under her belt entering 2011, Gilmore will return as the one to beat on the Top 17.
7. Laura Enever
Laura Enever, 19, knows all the words to Juicy by Notorious BIG and she lives in Narrabeen when she’s not haunting the world’s professional surfing events, although she’s not WCT rated just yet , but she will be. Enever has always had a little something that makes her not just cute as hell, but deeply marketable. Is it her awesomely clean, healthy lifestyle or is there a little bit of the devil inside Miss Enever?
8. Samantha Harris
Samantha Harris, 21, is an Australian fashion model born to an Aboriginal mother and German-English father. Harris featured prominently during Australian Fashion Week 2010 where she appeared in a record number of shows. She also appeared in a photoshoot for the label Miu Miu in the March edition of Australian Vogue, and will feature on the June cover of the same magazine. She now lives in Sydney and will move to New York to further her career in America.
In January 2011, Harris was named a “young women’s fashion ambassador” for Australian department store, David Jones along with Miranda Kerr and Megan Gale. Harris is part of the television and print campaign of the Spring/Summer 2011/12 season for the department store.