SHIP SHAPE: Carlie Shipman is making an international splash in her modelling career, even if a recent underwater shoot was chilly and challenging.
SHIP SHAPE: Carlie Shipman is making an international splash in her modelling career, even if a recent underwater shoot was chilly and challenging.

Life going swimmingly for model

BEING submerged fully-clothed in a freezing pool for eight hours and trying to make it look effortless is a tough job for anyone, but for model Carlie Shipman it's all in a day's work.

In her 12 years of modelling the 19-year-old has worked in plenty of weird and wonderful shoots and fashion shows.

That being said, Ms Shipman counts the underwater shoot she did for Vogue Italia earlier this year as a major career highlight.

"It just fell in my lap," she said. "I got an email saying we would love you to feature in our product.

"It was shot in Brisbane in a private swimming pool and, oh my gosh, it was freezing.

"The outfits were made from really light material but it started to really drag me down."

Despite being one of the toughest shoots she has done, Ms Shipman also said it was one of her three highest career achievements.

Her other two were modelling for Victoria's Secret and becoming the face of a perfume.

"I still feel really proud," she said. "It's one of my top three things."

Originally from Grafton, the 19-year-old has always been in awe of the camera and spent her early years playing dress-ups in her mum's clothing.

"I used to look through fashion magazines and think 'I want to be on the cover'," she said. "I was doing ballet classes and got over it. One day I thought 'I want to be a model'.

"People used to tell me I looked like a baby Elle Macpherson, so that probably influenced me too."

Ms Shipman left the Clarence Valley and moved to Perth with her family at the age of eight, where she signed with a management company.

Nearly 12 years on, the girl born at the Grafton Base Hospital has gone on to model for Vans shoes, Togs Swimwear, and recently did a private shoot for fashion store Beaches at Grafton.

"It was great fun, and good to be home to see some family and friends whilst I was in town," she said.

"I'll be back in Grafton soon to do a couple more photo shoots."



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