Australian Fernanda Ly is the international fashion star you have probably never heard of.
The 20-year-old from Sydney has taken the fashion world by storm, stealing the Louis Vuitton fashion show and featuring on the cover of Vogue in three countries.
Despite her success, the pink-haired beauty remains a mystery.
Fernanda Ly, 20, was finishing high school in Sydney when she was discovered by a modeling scout while shopping with her mum
For one thing, she has a barely-there social media presence – something highly unusual in the look-at-me world of fashion,
Ly was finishing her last year of high school when she was discovered at a shopping center with her mother, according to Teen Vogue.
Just a few years later, she is strutting runways all over the world, including New York and Paris.
Not a big fan of social media, Ms Ly is known for being confident and flying under the radar
Ms Ly (right) travels between New York and Paris for photoshoots and runway shows
Ly, whose parents are Chinese, was an honours student and art fanatic who planned on goingn to university after high school, and was reluctant when a scout asked if she was interested in modelling.
‘I was like, ‘this sounds nice. I’m just going to send in my photos and see’,’ she said.
In the following year, Ms Ly began was balancing work across Australia with university when one of the industry’s top casting agents, Ashley Brokaw, offered her the opportunity of a lifetime.
She (pictured bottom) has been featured on Vogue covers from three different countries – including Vogue Italia
Ms Ly, whose parents are of Chinese heritage, could become Australia’s first nonwhite model to have international stardom if her success continues
‘I was like, ‘this sounds nice. I’m just going to send in my photos and see’,’ she said of being approached by a scout
‘I thought she was so unique,’ Ms Brokaw said.
‘Here’s a girl with confidence who doesn’t look like anyone else.’
Ms Ly decided to defer university for the time being and travel to New York to meet with Ms Brokaw.
Within days she was meeting with the artistic director of Louis Vuitton, Nicolas Ghesquière, and was booked in her first runway show in the fashion brand’s fall 2015 show.
In the following year, Ms Ly (pictured) began was balancing gigs across Australia and university when one of the industry’s top casting agents, Ashley Brokaw, offered her the opportunity of a lifetime
‘I thought she was so unique,’ Ms Brokaw said of Ms Ly (right). ‘Here’s a girl with confidence who doesn’t look like anyone else’
Ms Ly decided to defer university for the time being and travel to New York to meet with Ms Brokaw
She packed a bag and left Sydney for Europe for an eight-week trip that soon turned into a six-month long fashion excursion.
‘The whole time I was there, I was thinking this is so weird – what is going on? And then everything worked out really well.’
She has since been featured on the covers of Vogue Italia, Vogue Japan, Vogue Australia and Teen Vogue, as well as numerous other features in international magazines and fashion campaigns.
She also recently walked in Louis Vuitton’s spring show.
Within days of being in New York, she was meeting with fashion directors for Louis Vuitton and was booked in their fall and spring fashion shows