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GALLERY: Stockton’s Bella Fernandes headed for Top Model crown


If you don’t know who Bella Fernandes is yet, chances are you soon will.

The Stockton model is fast making a name for herself on some of the country’s top runways.

In February, Bella was named the Australian Supermodel of the Year 2022.

This week the statuesque beauty will head to Melbourne to compete in the national finals of the Top Model Worldwide Australia 2022.

The 18-year-old says she is thrilled to have been selected as one of just 15 models asked to walk for Sydney-based trendsetters, Ever Australia, for a third runway show.

“I have been working towards the Top Model national finals since the end of 2019 so it’s super surreal that it is finally here and overall I am really excited,” she said.

“However, I still have a lot of nerves surrounding the event, especially coming out of COVID and with it being a national stage. 

“I am looking forward to seeing the Top Model team again, as well as making the most out of the experience.”

Despite the nerves, Bella says her mindset was “relatively sturdy” heading into the finals.

“After recently being named the Australian Supermodel of the Year 2022, as well as the years of modelling experience, I believe I am well-prepared and mentored for this event,” she told the Newcastle Weekly.

The finals, consisting of two judged sections, are being held at Q Events by Metropolis, in Melbourne. 

The first section is aimed at showcasing multiple looks, illustrating to the judging panel that an entrant has natural modelling experience. 

The second will require models to strut their stuff on a runway before an audience, dressed in cocktail wear and high fashion. 

“We will be judged on our ability to work as a model in the international market,” Bella says.

“Meaning our ability to be adaptable, photogenic, ability to convey various expressions and our overall charismatic demeanour.”

Each finalist must source their own outfits for the show. 

“As part of my high fashion outfit, I have collaborated with Scone local dressmaker, Narelle Smith, to design parts of my high fashion outfit,” Bella says.

And, modelling isn’t the only thing the young beauty juggles.

“I haven’t travelled a lot this year due to it being my first year in law school, however I spent some time in Melbourne to shoot for ASOTY and my new campaign for World of Jass and will be flying to Europe at the end of this year,” Bella said.

“I am currently studying a Bachelor of Law (Honours) specialising in Constitutional and Administrative Law, while minoring in neuropsychology. 

“I’m conducting this online due to my commitments with modelling, however I am looking at relocating to Sydney to start on campus university.”

Bella is not the first Hunter export to make a name for herself in the lucrative industry.

In 2004 Newcastle’s Jennifer Hawkins was crowned Miss Universe Australia and Miss Universe 2004.

A decade later, Novocastrian Tegan Martin took home the title of Miss Universe 2014.

And, in 2021, University of Newcastle student Sarah Wilson became a finalist in the national competition.

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