Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

{Wave of} Success; School Is out for a Coast Beauty as Her Modelling Career Kicks off with Billabong. but There's More to This Girl Than a Pretty Face, as Hayley Nissen Discovers

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

{Wave of} Success; School Is out for a Coast Beauty as Her Modelling Career Kicks off with Billabong. but There's More to This Girl Than a Pretty Face, as Hayley Nissen Discovers

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Byline: Hayley Nissen

HANGING out with Parko and extracting modelling tips from Cheyenne Tozzi is all in a day's work for Rebecca Ronald.

The stunning 17-year-old has landed a lucrative modelling contract with surfwear giant Billabong and has just been named one of their 12 ambassadors.

In fact, it was after a shoot for the Japan branch of Billabong, held on the Gold Coast, that Rebecca was invited to help Joel Parkinson celebrate winning the Triple Crown and also where she came across Cheyenne.

Cheyenne, an Aussie model who counts oil heiress Brandon Davis among her most recent flames, is signed with Priscillas Model Management in Sydney and offered Rebecca advice on how to get to the top.

Not that Rebecca, who completed Year 12 at Mountain Creek State School at the end of last year, needs much help.

The curvy size 10 signed the 18-month contract on January 1 and has already completed the outdoor shoot for Japan, where her image will be on everything from billboards, to catalogues and store signage.

She also will be involved in a string of promotions.

"It was a big step for me (the shoot). I'd never done outdoor before," she said.

Rebecca had to be up at 3.30am for hair and make-up on the day of the shoot, but said it was well worth the effort because they were so impressed by her features.

"They couldn't believe how tall I was," Rebecca said, from her elevated position at 178cm.

"They said they loved the shots."

Rebecca had to model 12 different looks that day, which is a feat in itself when most of us can hardly manage one.

But perhaps the best part of the job for Rebecca, who was wearing Billabong clothing long before modelling it, is her "allowance", which allows her to stock up without handing over the credit card.

Since finishing school, the blonde-haired, blued-eyed beauty divides her time between the Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast where her boyfriend, also on the Billabong roll-call and a pro-surfer, lives.

She likes to keep fit by rollerblading, surfing and running, but visits a personal trainer when she is on the Gold Coast. …

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