Model discovered at concert

17:00, Jun 23 2014
Tessa White-Parsons
LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION: A picture taken promoting Tessa White-Parsons as a model for Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia.

A night out at a Justin Bieber concert has helped launch an Auckland teen's international modelling career.

Sixteen-year-old Tessa White-Parsons' world has been turned upside down since she was signed by top international modelling agency IMG.

The North Shore teen was first approached at Justin Bieber's Auckland concert in November where agent Ursula Dixon from Unique Model Management was on the lookout.

"I caught a glimpse of her through the thousands of girls and thought she was stunning," Dixon says.

They exchanged details and White-Parsons got a phone call the next day to organise some test photo shoots.

She's since worked with New Zealand brands such as Taylor Boutique, Zambesi and Trelise Cooper.


White-Parsons travelled to Sydney for Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia where she walked in nine shows.

"I walked for designers like Alice McCall and Bec and Bridge and Alex Perry which was cool because Alessandra [Ambrosio] walked for him as well," she says.

"Going to Sydney was an amazing opportunity because I didn't think being a New Zealand model I would achieve anything."

White-Parsons also signed with international agency IMG while she was in Sydney but still finds time to juggle study for her NCEA Level Two.

The Westlake Girls' High student is determined to finish school before she takes her modelling further.

"I'll take a gap year to focus on modelling to go to Milan and Paris and see if I can make it to New York," she says.

"But it is important to me to finish school so I don't have any regrets later on."

Tessa credits the fact that she still remains so grounded to her supportive family and friends.

"They're all excited for me but I'm still a normal teenage girl."

North Shore Times