From bullying at school to supermodel quest

VOTE FOR KAHLI: After being bullied at school, model Kahli Brock has gained strength from her experiences.
VOTE FOR KAHLI: After being bullied at school, model Kahli Brock has gained strength from her experiences.

AT school, Kahli Brock was bullied relentlessly by her peers.

Now the stunning 20-year-old from Iluka is preparing to represent the state in Australian Supermodel of the Year.

Kahli's journey into the world of modelling began with a model quest in Year 5.

She placed third, and her sister placed second.

"We didn't go too far from there, I was always playing sports and wanted to concentrate on school," she said.

At the age of 16 she entered Miss Country Girl Australia in 2010 and was chosen as a finalist, but couldn't make it past the top eight because the winner had to be over 18.

More recently, Kahli came second in the 2013 Gold Coast Swim Fashion competition and signed with Queensland boutique agency Katz Model Management, who has helped her secure a modelling spot in the upcoming Mercedes-Benz show.

She is also one of 24 Queensland finalists in the Australian Supermodel of the Year competition.At just over six foot and with striking features, it is clear Kahli's future is looking bright, but her height hasn't always been coveted.

The former Maclean High student says she was bullied for her height and teeth from the first day of Year 7.

The bullying was so bad she eventually had to change schools and moved to Grafton High.

When she went back to Maclean High in Year 12, everyone that used to pick on her stopped.

"When I went back I had got braces and then started modelling - it's really strange as soon as you do it everyone stops picking on you," she said.

"It was really damaging, but I think now it's made me a stronger person.

"Anyone that tries to stop me from doing my dream, I'll be strong enough to look out for myself."

As well as modelling, Kahli also has a dream of becoming a primary school teacher, which she is working towards by studying a Bachelor of Education through Curtin University.

She also juggles a part-time job as a disability carer, a recently-acquired position at the Iluka Golf Club and somehow finds the time to volunteer for the local fire fighting brigade.

"If you put your mind to it, you can do it," she says.

In regards to modelling, she wants to get as far as possible.

"I want to go worldwide and I'm really going to push myself as far as I can."

Kahli's quest to become Australia's next supermodel is being sponsored by Yamba business BLW Goldsmith & Jeweller and Iluka clothing store Siberia.

To vote for Kahli online, search for the Australian Supermodel of the Year on Facebook and 'like' Kahli's photo.

Topics:  iluka

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