By Jacki-Lee Munckton
Sporting brains, beauty and killer boxing skills to boot, Kirsten Clemens is one of Perth’s newest ‘it’ girls dominating the Australian modelling scene.
Tell us about you and your background Kirsten..
I am very grateful to be living the life I have right now.
I grew up on a farm in a small country town called Quairading. I’ve been a commercial model for five years, over east and also internationally in both Milan and Paris in the past six months. I have worked for many commercial brands such as David Jones, Myer and Target. I also have a degree in Mass Communications.
In 2012 and 2013 Clemens was a Miss Universe Australia national finalist. What was this like?
It was the most breathtaking, fulfilling experience I have ever had. Not only did I meet amazing friends; I grew so much more in to a confident person, with the competition opening up many doors for me in the modelling industry.
This image was taken at the 2013 Grand Prix Launch in Melbourne, where I was fortunate enough to have a good chat with Mark Webber.
Image of fellow Miss Universe contestant and good friend Olivia Wells (Miss Universe Australia 2013)
With the aftermath of Miss Universe Australia opening up exciting new opportunities, what have you been up to lately?
Traveling! Six months ago I was signed by an international modelling agency in Milan, Women. I was lucky enough to model in Milan as well as travelling throughout Europe. I have also been working in Paris where I was signed with Mademoiselle. It’s definitely a challenge and some days are better than others but I love what I do.
As part of your work and travels, you must be exposed to a heap of beauty, health and music from all around the globe. What are you really into right now?
Yes, I sure am! I love natural beauty as well as leading a healthy lifestyle. I’m really getting into raw food at the moment! One of my favourite spots in Perth is The Raw Kitchen in Fremantle – definitely worth a try!
And I follow Tracy Anderson for all things health.
Are there any iconic males who are the go to guys for their get-up at the moment? How would you describe Australian male fashion?
I’ve found Jesse Maricic to be an increasingly influential men’s fashion blogger, with a heap of gents, especially from Melbourne, being inspired by his use of hot European trends.
At the moment I’m finding Aussie male style to be characterised by a casual, understated aesthetic with guys in chinos paired with checked shirts or a crisp basic tee which I really love.
Anything exciting on the radar coming up?
I’m actually heading back to Paris in the next week for the September and October seasons over there. I’ll be working in Paris for two months and returning back to Melbourne in November.
You can follow Kirsten’s modelling adventures on her Instagram - Kirstenclem22 or through her three modelling agencies;
Chadwick Models – Australia / Women Direct – Milan / Mademoiselle - Paris