Melissa Stark hopes to forge a career in the modelling industry.
Melissa Stark hopes to forge a career in the modelling industry.

Melissa finds balance between modelling and engineering

TOOWOOMBA student Melissa Stark hopes her appearance on the reality television show Australia's Next Top Model is just the beginning of a promising modelling career.

Ms Stark was selected from thousands of candidates to be named in the top 50 model hopefuls.

She was whisked away to Sydney, met her idol Jennifer Hawkins and caught the eye of a model agency scout.

"I went through the filming and audition process and got to meet Jennifer Hawkins which was great," the 17-year-old said.

"I have always been interested in modelling so I took part in Australia's Next Top Model for the experience and to meet others in the industry."

Ms Stark featured in the first episode of the new season, however, she did not progress through to the next round.



Engineering student Melissa Stark features on Australia's Next Top Model. Contributed July 2013
Engineering student Melissa Stark features in an episode of Australia's Next Top Model.

"It was a good experience and I was definitely a bit disappointed (to be eliminated)," she said.


"But after filming finished a model agency scout contacted me.

"Recently, I sent down some recent photographs and measurements."

But the University of Southern Queensland student is not letting her brush with fame and stardom carry her away.

She is balancing her model aspirations with her engineering studies.

"I will take it as it comes," she said.

"I am still doing my engineering but if my modelling become more serious I can put it on hold.

"You are not young forever but you can't model forever either."