Blenheim's Brenna Wadsworth chosen for New York Fashion Week
Kendall Jenner of Los Angeles, Elle Macpherson of Sydney ... Brenna Wadsworth of Blenheim?
The 20-year-old Marlborough model expects the Big Apple to be faster-paced than her hometown as she prepares to take part in the world's biggest fashion show.
Wadsworth has been modelling since 2012 and said appearing in New York Fashion Week next month would be a dream come true.
"To say I've walked in the biggest fashion show in the world is something to put on my CV," she said.
The trip would mark the model's second modelling assignment in the United States after a show in Florida in 2015.
She met Catherine Schuller, a fashion figure regarded for her plus-size agency, at the show and was flattered to receive an invite from the agent two months ago.
Wadsworth would be featured in a showcase of up-and-coming models and was expected to perform eight shows in seven days.
It had been a struggle for Wadsworth to keep the news a secret.
"I'll take a sneaky selfie and act really cool, but it probably won't come off that way," she said.
"My friends can't believe it, they're like 'you're going to meet the Kardashians!'"
The Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology graduate of administration said she try to remain grounded amid the chaos of the runway.
"It's really important not to take yourself too seriously. A lot of other international models can be very proud people," she said.
"The industry can be really harsh and people say how they feel, they'll say you need to lose five pounds.
"It can be intense but you need to have a thick skin, you just get on with it."
Her mother Jacquie Collier said she was very proud of what her daughter had achieved as her modelling career went from strength to strength.
"I'll really miss her when she goes but it is just something she's got to do," she said.
Catching up with fashion scouts who she had met in Florida would be an exciting chance to further connections in the industry, Wadsworth said.
New York Fashion Week runs from February 9 to 16.
- The Marlborough Express