WEDNESDAY, 62 MODELS

Scouted via her Instagram by Angela Bevan, Wednesday Ladyman-Miller was signed to 62 Models at just 14-years-old although she didn’t start working until she was 15. Growing up, she was surrounded by creative energy as both her parents were musicians. Both of her parents are now self-employed in separate fields; her father a passionate singer/songwriter, and her mother a talented woodworker. “My mum is also quite into following the fashion industry as both me and my sister, Brandi, are models,” she added. “I’m not sure I had any idols growing up if anyone probably my parents who always worked hard to provide for me and my sister.” Ladyman-Miller is now inspired by women who are unapologetically themselves. “Women like Adwoa Aboah, and Hari Nef who inspire and fight for those that don’t have a voice.”

Previously featured in Apparel and Remix magazine, Ladyman-Miller is yet to jump overseas for modelling as she is pursuing her education first. However, you can find her on the local scene including the latest music video for New Zealand band Leisure and in online editorials like Oyster. “I really don’t measure the modelling jobs I get against each other as I think every job I work is a great achievement in itself, but if this was asking what modelling job I’m most proud of it would probably be a recent shoot I did with an incredibly talented team out at Bethels beach for @c__l__o studios.”

After completing her Bachelor of Fine Arts at Elam, Ladyman-Miller hopes to pursue a career in the creative industry as a creative director or similar. “Whether this is in the fashion or film industry, I’m not sure,” she explained. Ladyman-Miller never strived to become a model and didn’t think that being teased for having skinny legs and pointy ears would have a positive outcome. She continued modelling because of the opportunities she collects and making connections with people who she wouldn’t usually get the chance to. She advises new faces not to get caught up in the standards of what you think may be expected of you. “You’re beautiful just the way you are.”

Now 19-years-old, Ladyman-Miller added that the New Zealand fashion industry or at least the people she has worked with have been very accommodating and inspiring. “This could be down to my great agents at 62 Models just being the best at their jobs though,” she said. “Challenges in the broader job of modelling would probably be with social media; it’s very easy to make a habit of comparing yourself to what you see online, breaking that habit is definitely my biggest challenge.”

With no dream job in mind, Ladyman-Miller would love any job that allows her to have a say and express herself outside of her appearance. For now, her education comes first. “Maybe after I’m done, I’ll pursue some more adventurous sides of the modelling industry.”

IMAGES: CAITLAN MITCHELL
BEAUTY: CHANTELLE VAN T VEEN