Bright lights, big sights. From the runways of Saint Laurent and Chanel, to a first campaign with Balmain and editorial for Vogue Australia, our latest Aje Insider and Australian native has amassed her enviable resume at the humble age of 18. Hard working and dedicated, she believes everything happens for a reason and that confidence is key. Making the move to the Big Apple this year, you'll find her feet firmly on the ground with both eyes on the horizons ahead. Photographed by Daphne Nguyen whilst home in Sydney, meet model of the moment and muse on the rise, Aleyna FitzGerald. We can't wait to see where she goes next...
HOW HAS LIFE CHANGED SINCE YOUR FIRST TRIP DOWN THE SAINT LAURENT RUNWAY
This really was a huge stepping stone for me. Saint Laurent was the first show I ever walked and is a moment I will cherish forever. I have been so fortunate to able to work with some of the most iconic brands, artists, photographers and magazines. I am beyond blessed for the success and experience my work has brought me.
CAREER HIGHLIGHT SO FAR
My first campaign for Balmain Fall/Winter 17 was on a billboard in Paris, I didn’t realise until I looked up and burst into tears. And, my first shoot for Australian Vogue. This was a dream come true.
WHAT DO YOU HAVE YOUR SIGHTS SET ON FOR THE FUTURE
Besides modelling, I would love to dive deeper into acting. I recently completed a course during my time off and it’s something I would definitely like to invest more time into.
Dream photographer you'd love to work with
Lachlan Bailey and Cass Bird.
YOUR BIGGEST CHALLENGE TO DATE
Confidence - knowing that you are enough and loving and believing in yourself.
IF YOU WEREN'T MODELLING WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING
Studying or travelling.
BEST BEAUTY TIP LEARNT BACKSTAGE / ON SET
Find the best products to keep your hair, skin and nails hydrated and fresh.
BEST ADVICE YOU'VE EVER RECEIVED
Everything happens for a reason!
WOMEN YOU LOOK UP TO IN LIFE
My incredible mother.
NEW YORK OR PARIS
what does your star sign reveal about you
Virgo Motto: "My best can always be better." Incredibly hard working and perfectionists.
where is home now
Hoping to move to NYC this year!
favourite places to visit when in sydney
If I’m not working, Pilates then lunch at one of my many favourite cafes. And if it’s summer to the pool or beach!
best song to dance to
Anything from the 90's.
favourite / most treasured piece in your wardrobe
A beautiful silk dress I found in a second hand store in NYC. I have only worn it once but I love it.
last film you watched
Into The Wild by Sean Penn.
tips for staying healthy whilst travelling
If I’m travelling for work, sleep is the most important. You won’t work your best and feel amazing if haven’t slept in 24hours. I try and keep to my regular meals, drink more water and even try do a quick workout.
best way to recharge
Ideally a cryotherapy or sauna. Otherwise, anything active eg walk, swim, workout, will always make me feel better.
Have to wait and see...