Twenty-three-year-old Lamaire Reventon came across Bintang Models on Instagram and decided to contact them. Now signed with them for the past year, Reventon owns her restaurant in Browns Bay, Auckland. Reventon modelled for her mother’s jewellery collection in China, and one of her favourite shoots so far has been with photographer Clara Pafundi and her team. “China is a fast pace country, everything is happening so fast and I was so lucky to model for my mum and learn more about the industry,” she added. “While in New Zealand, I get to learn new things, for example, runway training and working with cool photographers.”

Reventon’s mother is a jewellery designer and used to have her own clothing factory, and her Italian father runs an antique store. Reventon is working on launching her own fashion label with the help of her mother and the team at Bintang Models. “I am going to Shanghai Fashion Expo in April to get some inspiration and to meet potential manufacturers. I love fashion and styling, I would like to take this to another level and create something that I can call my own and inspire others.” She is also looking to open another restaurant in the near future. Reventon studied Jewellery Design at Unitec in Auckland.

She first became interested in modelling because of all the opportunities it offers from the industry. “Especially when I can become a better version of myself throughout the process of being part of something creative.” Walking in her first show for Jessica Bridal, Reventon was surprised she overcame her fear of presenting herself in front of a house of strangers. “I learned a lot that that day and I think it is the most unforgettable experience.”

Her mother is her biggest inspiration, who also used to be a singer in Japan when she was younger. She then became a pattern maker in a fashion house in Tokyo before she branched out and started her own clothing factory. Reventon added that she is also inspired by Patric Seng from Bintang Models. “He managed to run a successful modelling agency at his young age,” she said. “He taught me to accept myself, my own beauty, and follow my dream.”

Reventon’s dream job is to walk in a Victoria’s Secret Show.