Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Shannon Loving Life on Milan Catwalks

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Shannon Loving Life on Milan Catwalks

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IT'S been a big year for Shannon Guthrie.

No sooner was the 19-year-old lifesaver and university student named Sunshine Coast Fashion Festival Ambassador, than she was heading to Milan for a six-month modelling contract.

One month into her new life, far away from the sun and surf of her hometown, the teenager checked in with the Daily to give an update.

Q: What have been your early impressions of Milan as a city and the local people?

Milan is extremely different from home in so many ways.

It is a big, bustling city with breathtaking architecture and delicious food. It's a mix of old and modern, with a fantastic Metro system, which I'm using several times a day.

The locals are intriguing people! People watching can prove very entertaining and the men pay a lot of attention, always quick to pay you a compliment or two.

The biggest difference to home is that there's no beach! I'm craving a frolic in the ocean.

Q . How are you finding the fashion industry there? Is it anything like what you expected?

The fashion industry in Milan is highly competitive. It is one of the world's fashion capitals and apart from New York is the hardest to break into.

It is brimming with beautiful girls from all over the world who have worked so hard just to get here. I feel very honoured to have been scouted by a leading agency, 2Morrow Models, and considered as worthy of being in this company.

Never having been to Italy, I really didn't know what to expect of Milan before I left home other than knowing it would be very different to anything I'd experienced in Australia.

The language barrier has been a bit of a challenge at times.

Q. What's a typical day for you?

A usual day for me consists of darting around the city to many, many castings for all sorts of jobs: commercials, campaigns, look books, showrooms, editorials, catwalks etc.

Because I'm so busy the days go quickly, which in a way is good but there's so much you want to cram in once you've finished working despite the exhaustion.

There's also regular visits to my agency and photo shoots.

I share an apartment, which is supplied by our agency, with another Aussie, an American and a Brazilian so at the end of the day we have a home-cooked dinner and share our days' experiences, catch up on emails, social media, etc. …

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