Montana Cox Photo: James Mullins
Melburnian Montana Cox has gone from winning Australia's Next Top Model to the international runways. She is also the youth ambassador for David Jones.
You've had a very successful modelling career so far: can you nominate one of your favourite moments?
When I started, walking runways for all the head honchos in Paris was just surreal. My first pinch-me moment was Lanvin's 10th anniversary show for creative director Alber Elbaz: it was so huge and so extravagant. I was like, "What am I doing here?"
The autumn racing carnival starts soon. What do you love about going to the races?
There's a buzz in the air and you see all the fashions on trend. The fun part is getting out there and seeing what people are wearing.
What are your tips for getting it right on race day?
This season it's all about florals, but not so much bright colours, more the monochromatic shades. There is a lot of exciting stuff, like pastels and men's-style suiting, and cute little lace dresses.
What about trackside fashion faux pas?
Nothing too short, although it's still warm and you want to show some skin. Midriffs are a definite no-no, you've got to keep it classy. Also, stilettos can get stuck in grass. You're better off going for a wedge.
How would you describe your personal style?
Really laid-back and classic. I love men's-style suiting, which is very in this season. I love pants and a T-shirt, I love jeans – they are very relaxed and boyish.
Who influences you, fashion-wise?
When I do runway shows overseas, it's all the models; when I go to castings, I like to get tips from what they're wearing, and how they're wearing it.
Who's your favourite style icon, past or present?
I like the classic style icons, like Audrey Hepburn – she was very feminine but wore turtlenecks with black trousers. I love that kind of look, where it's sleek and beautiful but with a masculine edge. And for these days, I love [Ukrainian/Canadian model] Daria Werbowy.
What do you love to do when at home in Melbourne?
My house is probably the number-one place on my list – and Mum's dinner! I love to go to Cookie in Swanston Street. I like the Richmond trattoria Baby, Thirty Eight Chairs in South Yarra is another favourite. Probably my number one is the bistro France-Soir in South Yarra.
Apart from David Jones, little boutiques and op shops, I like going around Brunswick Street, looking at all those little stores you can't find anywhere else.
What do you do in your downtime?
I've recently taken up golf. I know it seems like a bit of a retirement sport, but I've been really enjoying it!
Giddy up with Tom Ford Shanghai Lily, the perfect racing fragrance with notes of orange, peppercorn, clove, jasmine, rose and vanilla.
Fashion editor: Penny McCarthy
Photography: James Mullins
Hair: Richard Kavanagh for Redken
Make-up: Max May for La Mer