Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

{Beauty Proves to Be More Than Just Good Looks } {Deportment Guru Offers Tips to Encourage Modern Women}

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

{Beauty Proves to Be More Than Just Good Looks } {Deportment Guru Offers Tips to Encourage Modern Women}

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Byline: Sarah Green sarahb@thechronicle.com.au

IN 1990 Kaye Foley started a modelling and deportment agency on the Darling Downs.

In the 18 years since, she has fondly passed on her skills and taught thousands of eager students in poise, grace, grooming and modelling.

She has helped start the career of many Toowoomba models who are now working nationally and abroad.

What Ms Foley is the most passionate about is deportment and teaching "ladies and gentleman" how to hold themselves and gain confidence to succeed in today's world.

"Deportment is important. It is the way we hold ourselves. It is the way we handle different situations. It is the way others view you," she said.

"It has been rewarding," Ms Foley said as she reflected on her time at the helm of Kaye Foley Model, Grooming and Deportment Academy.

"I love what I do. Students start the course one day and you see a different person at the end," Ms Foley said.

"The most important part is that it can build self esteem."

Ms Foley started modeling in Victoria at 16.

When she moved to Toowoomba 35 years ago, she won a model of the year quest and attended the June Dally-Watkins deportment school.

She was inspired and quickly realised there was a need and the opportunity for a modelling and deportment academy on the Downs.

Since then she has seen models travel internationally and she has managed models and choreographed many fashion parades on the Downs.

In a lifetime of being involved in the fashion and modeling arena she has seen many changes.

"I guess it has got a little more lenient now," Ms Foley said.

"I don't know whether that is a good thing."

A catwalk model's walk is extremely important she said, and that is where she had noticed some of these changes.

"Some do the hop - where they bounce, I don't really like that.

"And the plait, where they cross their legs over, I don't like that either," she said.

"I stick to the traditional catwalk modeling of good posture and walking from the hips down.

"If you are showing garments and you are walking and the garment is all twisted on your body you're not going to sell - you need good posture and walk from the hips down. …

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