Kiwi model wows Paris crowds

MARNIE HALLAHAN
Last updated 10:21 30/07/2013
Ashleigh Good
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RUNAWAY SUCCESS: Ashleigh’s classic beauty makes her a favourite with designers all over the world.

Ashleigh Good
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MAKING A NAME: Ashleigh Good has gone from working in a North Shore cafe to starring in campaigns for some of the biggest names in fashion.

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Ashleigh Good is being hailed as Paris' top model of the season less than two years after being discovered at a Mairangi Bay bus stop. The 21-year-old has taken the fashion world by storm since her runway debut for Givenchy last March.

She has walked in over 100 runway extravaganzas and had the major career highlight of being chosen to close the Chanel Haute Couture show as one of the brides.

Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld is one of Ashleigh's biggest fans and some in the fashion world call her his latest muse.

The fashion legend also cast Ashleigh in his most recent short film, a story about the early days of Coco Chanel, alongside Keira Knightley.

New Zealand agent Rose Packard-Dube says Ashleigh's career knows no bounds with her also appearing on countless magazine covers like Harpers Bazaar, Vogue Australia, Italia and Germany.

Ashleigh also features in the latest advertising campaigns for Chanel, Max Mara and Kate Sylvester and look books for Givenchy and Balenciaga.

"And all this is just the icing on the cake, there are more campaigns, editorials and look books still to come," Ms Packard-Dube says.

Ashleigh's parents Derek and Maria Good watch her runway shows online from their North Shore home and say the speed of her success has taken them by surprise.

"It's still weird seeing photos of her modelling such famous brands," Mr Good says.

"But I'm really proud of the fact that she hasn't let it all go to her head."

Ashleigh looks glamorous on the runway and in magazines but Mrs Good says she's been surprised to hear how unglamorous the modelling world is at the grass roots.

"The girls have to work such long hours and so hard," she says.

"The end results are wonderful to look at but there's a lot of work that goes into getting to that point," Mrs Good says.

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