New York is calling for Nelson teenager Raina Masters, who has signed with top modelling agency DNA.
Raina grew up in Auckland but has moved to Nelson with her parents and studies at Nayland College.
Nelson photographer Storm Tuiva scouted out Raina for her first photo shoot and helped develop her skills in front of the camera.
"My confidence as a model has definitely improved thanks to him," the 17-year-old said.
She was soon picked up by Clyne Model Management in Auckland.
"I find modelling a very social job. You get to meet all kinds of different people and get to work with all different photographers, designers, make-up artists and models. That's probably one of my favourite things about modelling."
Raina featured in the Britomart Fashion show in Auckland and has appeared in numerous online New Zealand magazines.
Clyne Model Management presented Raina to the New York-based DNA agency earlier this year. "I seemed to have ticked most of the boxes."
Supermodels Linda Evangelista and Alessandra Ambrosio launched their careers with DNA models, and Raina is hoping to find fame with them too. She will be going to New York, but the date has not been finalised.
"This is a dream for a lot of young girls and to be given this once in a lifetime opportunity is very lucky.
"I'm going to make the most and enjoy every moment I spend modelling."
She is keeping her options open but has also thought about working as a modelling agent herself.
- The Nelson Mail
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