Where dreams collide with determination, the Australian Supermodel of the Year Academy stands as a symbol of empowerment inspiring the lives of aspiring models and shaping the fashion industry with purpose. As we delve into the transformative journeys of our diamonds, Bella Fernandes, Laina Eady, Sophie Ludbrook and Adriana Maltese, we uncover stories of resilience, growth and the pursuit of larger purposes. I hope I can shed some light on these trailblazers, highlighting their inspiring achievements, the indelible impact of the Australian Supermodel of the Year Academy and the unbreakable sisterhood that binds them.
Bella Fernandes: Bridging beauty and law
Bella Fernandes, a model and law student, exemplifies the perfect synergy between beauty and intellect. Crowned as the winner and title holder of the Australian Supermodel of the Year 2022 & the Diamond of the Year 2022, Bella embodies the essence of the academy’s mission. Her journey showcases that beauty transcends mere appearance—it’s about strength, intelligence and the ability to create change.
Her journey as a model and law student seamlessly integrates fashion and academia with her beauty queen title underscoring her talent and dedication. Balancing law studies and extensive travels for modelling assignments, Bella’s work ethics, discipline, commitment to learning and networking skills all contribute to her multifaceted success. Her story not only showcases the importance of perseverance and holistic growth but also highlights the crucial role of strong familial support particularly her mother’s unwavering presence & encouragement. Bella’s ability to excel in diverse realms serves as an inspiration for aspiring individuals demonstrating that with the right mindset, values and focus, one can navigate different paths and achieve extraordinary accomplishments.
Balancing her modelling career with her legal studies, Bella’s story serves as a powerful reminder that one can conquer both runways and courtrooms, leaving an indelible mark on the world.
Laina Eady: A beacon of youthful inspiration
At just 14 years old, Laina Eady emerged as the Australian Supermodel of the Year in 2020. Her journey defies age and expectations showcasing that passion knows no bounds. Laina’s win speaks volumes about the academy’s commitment to nurturing young talent and fostering a sense of empowerment from an early age. Her story is a testament to the transformative power of the academy where even the youngest voices can create waves of change. She is an inspiration to all of us and we are extremely proud to have her in this sisterhood. She will always be special to the entire Asoty family.
Sophie Ludbrook: A model and future doctor
Sophie Ludbrook, the Australian Supermodel of the Year for 2019 encapsulates the academy’s ethos of multifaceted growth. With her sights set on becoming a doctor, Sophie’s journey extends beyond the runway illustrating that modelling is just one chapter in a life rich with purpose. Her success serves as a beacon of inspiration encouraging others to explore diverse passions and pursuits.
Her journey as the Australian Supermodel of the Year 2019 seamlessly intertwines her modelling pursuits with her ambition to become a doctor, reflecting her exceptional organisational skills and unwavering discipline. Her commitment to punctuality evident in her proactive presence on sets and in meetings, signifies her meticulous work ethic and preparedness. While Sophie’s dedication to her studies and modelling is undeniable, her ability to strike a balance between responsibility and enjoyment illustrates her holistic approach to life. Her empathetic nature shines as her greatest strength anchoring her as a compassionate and human-centred individual—a quality invaluable in her pursuit of becoming a doctor.
Sophie’s story resonates as an embodiment of meticulous organisation, disciplined dedication and genuine empathy, showcasing that success thrives when values align with diverse ambitions.
Beyond all her remarkable achievements, Sophie is a true blessing, a friend whom I cherish deeply. Her presence has been a guiding light offering unwavering support, wisdom and inspiration.
Adriana Maltese: From runways to medicine
Adriana Maltese, the winner of the 2018 competition, again represents an inspirational journey from runways to medicine. Her story mirrors the academy’s commitment to fostering holistic growth and empowerment. Embracing the path of medicine alongside her modelling endeavours, Adriana exemplifies the idea that individuals can excel in diverse fields while making a positive impact on society.
She’s been a true driving force in my Australian Supermodel of the Year journey. What really stands out about her is her discipline and focus. She’s the kind of person who doesn’t just talk the talk; she walks the walk. During my early days as the Vision Director at Asoty, Adriana was right there, inspiring and supporting me every step of the way. Adriana is not one to shy away from taking risks. That fearless attitude she brings is something to be admired. Elegance is another word that comes to mind when you think of Adriana. The way she represented the brand was nothing short of perfect, truly reflecting its essence.
What’s also remarkable about Adriana is her ability and wisdom to know when to step back from the limelight. It takes a lot to recognise when it’s time to shift focus during different stages and phases of life. Her graceful transition from being at the forefront to being a guiding force behind the scenes is a testament to her maturity and self-awareness.
Adriana is a living example of how discipline, focus and the courage to make tough decisions can create a lasting impact. She has shown us that success is born from hard work, determination and the courage to step out of our comfort zones, and sometimes, even to step aside to let others take the spotlight.
Sisterhood: A bond beyond beauty
Amid the pursuit of dreams and the celebration of achievements, the Australian Supermodel of the Year Academy weaves a powerful thread of sisterhood. Bella, Laina, Sophie, Adriana and many more aren’t just individuals, they are part of a resilient sisterhood that offers unwavering support, shared experiences and a commitment to positive change. Beyond the glitz and glamour, this sisterhood stands as a reminder that empowerment is amplified when voices unite. Their collective journey embodies the essence of unity, compassion and the shared aspiration for a brighter, more inclusive future.
The Australian Supermodel of the Year Academy isn’t merely a platform for runway success—it’s a realm where dreams flourish, aspirations take shape and larger purposes find their voice. Through the inspirational journeys of Bella, Laina, Sophie and Adriana, we witness the profound impact of empowerment, education, purpose-driven growth and the unbreakable sisterhood that binds them. These individuals illuminate the transformative power of the academy, inspiring us all to embrace our passions, follow our dreams and make a lasting difference in the world, together as sisters in empowerment.
Transformative journeys and unbreakable sisterhood of the Australian Supermodel of the Year Academy by Kal Kalim
XPLAINED is our initiative to share, collaborate, learn and communicate with absolute transparency. The author, Kal Kalim, is a Melbourne based fashion photographer, brand strategist and communication designer who has worked with fashion and lifestyle brands in Europe, Asia and Australia over the last two decades. He believes in the power of authenticity, creativity, originality, kindness and purpose. Purposeful and meaningful communication is at the core of every campaign or collaboration that he likes being a part of. Kal especially loves working with brands & businesses that strengthen local communities and are inspiring the next generation of creators, designers, thinkers and entrepreneurs to be authentic, creative & kind.
Kal also manages an educational & learning-style beauty pageant & modelling academy called ASOTY ( Australian Supermodel of the Year ). ASOTY is focused on helping girls discover their inner beauty and the true supermodel within them. And prepare them for the fashion and beauty industry through relevant coaching & ongoing mentoring. A similar program for men was initiated in India too during the pandemic. CDMTM ( Clothes Don’t Maketh The Man ) is world’s first hybrid program focused on coaching and grooming men towards becoming a better version of themselves.
Kal loves travelling, and collaborating with people who want to make this world a better place through their word, walk and work.