DUNDAS Valley teen Dusanka Momcilovic is a step closer to her dream job in the fashion industry.
The year 10 student from Carlingford's Cumberland High School was one of eight girls selected as state finalists during the first leg of the annual Girlfriend model search competition, which sources fresh faces from among Australia's aspiring fashionistas.
The event saw more than 600 girls aged 13 and up from across NSW and the ACT descend on Parramatta Westfield on June 28 to vie for a chance at the national titles in late July.
"I was really surprised," the 15-year-old City Beach employee told the Sun of her win. "All I could see was my mum cheering for me and jumping up and down. She wanted to jump on stage as well."
Miss Momcilovic said a recurrent childhood memory was of her father, in his strong Serbian accent, asking her and her five siblings to "come take a photo".
"In our family, we actually take lots of photos. I've just always liked to be in front of the camera."
She said she'd like to follow in the catwalk footsteps of US model Karlie Kloss.
"She's always been healthy and I love her fashion and her look. She doesn't care what other people think."
She said she'd also like to work as a clothing designer, journalist or in "anything to do with sports".
Asked what made Dusanka stand out from the crowd, Girlfriend magazine editor Sarah Tarca, one of the contest's judges, said it was her "fresh-faced, unique look" and her great smile.
"She really lit up the room," Ms Tarca said.