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Chantal Monaghan

Chantal MonaghanChantal Monaghan, born the 12th of August 1996 in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. This 5' 11" Aussie appeared on a Ralph Lauren billboard in Paris. When it came to having a campaign for iconic fashion house Ralph Lauren on a billboard in Paris, Monaghan replied she would have to see it to believe it.

“I’ve had big posters and billboards in Australia and America and in many retail stores but to have one in Paris on the side of a building is exciting.”

“I’m going to Paris in January for Jean Paul Gaultier again and I can’t wait to go stand with it and take a photo. My head, nose and eyes will be huge.”

The 22-year-old Brisbane model fronted two global campaigns for the luxury designer brand - landing both the coveted Holiday campaign and the fall/winter campaign, alongside top models Valery Kaufman, a former Victoria’s Secret model, and Madison Headrick.

“I got a call from my agent saying - ‘On Sunday you’re going to shoot Ralph. They just saw your photo and picked you. They loved it’,” Monaghan said.

Monaghan was also one of the 12 finalists on Season 1 in Australia of The Face in which she was a member of Team Naomi. She was eliminated in the finale episode alongside fellow Team Naomi member Ruth Willmer by Olay.

After modelling as a child for children’s brands such as Little Workers and Yaz, Chantal knew she wanted to be a model. She was scouted in a coffee shop when she was 14 and was signed to an agency in New Zealand.

Chantal MonaghanAfter a short stint living there, she returned to Australia and signed on with Vivien’s. Since then she’s walked in Australian Fashion Week Sydney for numerous designers including Camilla, as well as for numerous others.

Chantal has shot editorials for Girlfriend Magazine and Q Weekend Magazine, to name a couple.

A small job with Ralph Lauren was one of her first when she moved to New York three years ago. “When the designer sees you they know what they want,” she said.

“I was only supposed to shoot the holiday campaign, but I got a call from my agent saying the team loved me so much they wanted me to shoot fall/winter as well.”

She has also recently shot a campaign for haircare giant L’Oreal and after completing this Monaghan returned home to Brisbane for Christmas, picking up some modelling work in Sydney, before returning to Paris.

She says her connection to her hometown and school friends helps to keep her grounded. “My friends are at home with their parents and I have an apartment in New York paying taxes,” she said.

“I’m very hard on myself and I get very scared. It’s very scary to think when could it all be over? You’re told you’re pretty and this and that every day so you have to stay grounded.”

Chantal Monaghan“I love to stand on my own and do my own thing and not always worrying about the industry.”

She has also done a lot of catalogue work, has fronted a campaign for Wanted Shows and appeared in a TV commercial for the Gold Coast Theme Parks.

She says that runway is her strength, and she needs to work on her faces and posing. Chantal thinks her unique background - her father is Nigerian and mum is Anglo-Saxon, gives her a versatile look that will work in her favour.

She thinks she’s equally commercial and editorial, and her dream job would be for Chanel. Chantal is in the process of making the move to New York City to try modelling there. She is very focussed and professional, and also competitive.

She loves everything about fashion, design and modelling and is determined to build her career and achieve success and longevity on the business.

The 20-year-old catwalk star and new face of shoe brand Jo Mercer is fast tracking her way to household name status - I am loving light bomber jackets and denim jackets right now.

Travelling back and forth from New York to Australia is a long trip so I try to get as much sleep as I can so the readjustment to time zones is made easier.

I miss my grandma the most when travelling as it’s really hard to call her and vice versa. I talk to my mum almost five times a day.

Chantal MonaghanMy mum is my favorite person because she is very strong and has taught me how to be like her. This is especially pertinent when I am travelling because I am always travelling alone, trying to build my career at a young age.

It was fun going to South Australia to do the shoot for Jo Mercer. The crew were great, the location where we shot was amazing and the landscape was spectacular.

We flew to the destination on a small private plane, even though I am scared of small planes it was really fun and exhilarating. Then there was my first catwalk show when I was 16 years old - it was nerve racking to say the least. I look back on that now and I am very grateful for that experience.

Spending a weekend at the Hamptons or shopping in Manhattan and buying the latest designer handbag has been my greatest extravagance. But, I don’t like getting my nails done. Most of my friends are like, ‘whaat? OMG!' - They love to get pampered.

My biggest style fail is probably wearing flip flops and a T-shirt dress to a really fancy restaurant in New York City. I didn’t know it was that kind of place. But one year later people are wearing my look in those type of restaurants, maybe I started a trend?

I like surfie looking type guys because they look carefree and fun but then I also like Wentworth Miller from Prison Break and Liam Hemsworth. I think it changes all the time but the personality has to be fun along with a free spirit.

One of the biggest misconceptions about me is that I wear high fashion clothes and makeup all the time. When I’m not working I’m very relaxed and chilled at home, or walking around the streets. Sometimes I make my pajama top into a dress by tying a knot in it and throw on some leather pants and it looks like an outfit.

Chantal MonaghanThe only time I am not laid back is when flights or even public transport is running late. I get very annoyed and anxious about not getting to a job or a casting on time.

There is a lot of waiting around in this industry and you have to learn to deal with it and manage your stress. If I was not working as a model I would probably be working in a role related to fashion or in public relations. My agent is so amazing - I would love to do what she does making girls careers come true.

One of the first things you need to do in this industry is to learn about dealing with rejection. Realising that if you are not successful in a casting it is not you personally but probably that your look is not what the client is looking for at the moment.

"Victoria's Secret is a dream for a lot of girls. And it is still a goal of mine, but sometimes it can take several years to achieve." But she said that she feels 'it's not the end of the world' if it doesn't happen, although she holds out hopes that with discipline, she will one day land the job.

"I don't think I am obsessed over it, but it certainly helps build your profile and you have to be very focused and have a strong work ethic to make it happen."

Chantal Monaghan has walked for Jean Paul Gaultier couture, Lela Rose and other top designers. In 2014 Chantal Monaghan walked the fall couture shows for Ralph & Russo, Alexis Mabille and Jean Paul Gaultier.

She walked the fall shows for Marissa Webb, Rebecca Vallance and Calla. She walked the spring shows in New York for Supima, Venexiana, Lela Rose, B. Michael America, Concept Korea, Sherri Hill and Mark and Estel.

Chantal MonaghanShe walked the spring shows in Paris for Jean Paul Gaultier and Valentin Yudashkin. She had Polaroid’s taken for City Models Paris in the spring. She appeared in an editorial for Teen Vogue.

She appeared in an editorial for Look Magazine UK. She was in an ad campaign for Bumble and Bumble. In 2015 she walked the spring couture shows for Jean Paul Gaultier and Zuhair Murad.

She walked the fall show for Fatima Val. She walked the spring shows for Emporio Armani and Giorgio Armani. She walked the fall couture show for Jean Paul Gaultier.

She appeared in an ad campaign for Gucci Cosmetics. Her look books include the 2015 look book for Cristina Sabaiduc.

Chantal Monaghan was one of the 12 finalists on Season 1 (AUS) of The Face, who was a member of Team Naomi. She was eliminated in the finale episode alongside fellow Team Naomi member Ruth Willmer by Olay.

After having modelled as a child for children’s brands such as Little Workers and Yaz, Chantal always knew she wanted to be a model. She was scouted in a coffee shop when she was 14 and signed to an agency in New Zealand. After a short period when she lived there, she returned to Australia and signed on with Vivien’s.

Since then she’s walked in Australian Fashion Week Sydney for numerous designers including Camilla, as well as for various designers at New Zealand Fashion Week and other fashion shows.

Chantal MonaghanChantal has shot editorial for Girlfriend Magazine and Q Weekend Magazine, and others. She has also done a lot of catalogue work, has fronted a campaign for Wanted Shows and appeared in a TV commercial for the Gold Coast Theme Parks.

She believes that the runway is her strength, and feels she needs to work on her faces and posing. Chantal thinks her unique background (her father is Nigerian and mother is Anglo-Saxon) gives her a versatile look that will work in her favour.

She thinks she possesses equal potential in both commercial and editorial, and her dream job would be for Chanel. Chantal is in the process of making the move to New York City to try modelling there. She is very focussed and professional, and also highly competitive.

She loves everything about fashion - both design and modelling and is determined to succeed in her career. She has every intention of being a part of the business for a long time to come.

"Everyone thinks I'm French, my name is French and I can do a good accent, but that's all."

While she jokes that her French accent might "come in handy someday, when I marry a French man, live in Paris, and have my little French babies,"

Chantal is more than quick to point out she has higher aspirations for herself. "I want to work as much as possible," she says, displaying a keen work ethic and love of the industry as whole.

Chantal MonaghanHer career has certainly been nurtured by her former judge and coach, Naomi Campbell who welcomed Chantal into the fold as one of her model 'babies'. And it's already working, with reports that Chantal has been invited to audition for the next Victoria's Secret runway show - an honour that almost no model would ever turn down.

"I see Naomi quite a bit. We talk to each other often. I saw her last season in Paris which was amazing to see a familiar face. I don't know if you saw my photo that I posted on Instagram with me sitting on her lap? It's really cute and really nice."

"She's really lovely and everyone when I'm with her everyone really loves her. She'll go out of her way for people. If you know her, you know her, and she's really lovely."

Model Agency Affliliations W360 Management - New York
MP Management - Paris
M+P Models - London
Elite Model Management - Milan
Model Management - Hamburg
Chic Management - Sydney
Two Management - Los Angeles

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