Put a spell on you. Fresh-faced, steely-eyed and an Alexander Wang favourite, her destiny was realised when the designer cut her long tresses into that now-signature crop at New York Fashion Week. You’ve seen this face before: now get to know model Charlee Fraser.
“The first thing you should know about me [is] I’m a hugger.”
A believer in magic and “hopeless romantic” – that down-to-earth attitude belies a connection to the land that comes naturally. Since making the move from Australia’s Newcastle to New York she’s become a pioneer for Indigenous Australian models on the international stage – walking for Givenchy and Hermès, fronting campaigns for Stella McCartney and Céline, and directing her gaze into Juergen Teller’s lens. They know as well as we do that once you enter her orbit, there’s no looking away. There is magic all around you, if I do say so myself, I have known this much longer than I’ve known you.
“My heritage has given me understanding … I feel connected to the land.”
“I look up to my mother … I couldn’t live without my sister.”
“The words I live by are do it or don’t do it. You’ll regret both.”
“I want to be remembered as the first Indigenous Australian to …”
PHOTOGRAPHY Charles Dennington @ MAP
FASHION Bridie Gilbert
MODEL Charlee Fraser @ IMG
HAIR Michele McQuillan @ MAP using Moroccanoil
MAKEUP Kellie Stratton @ MAP using M.A.C
PHOTOGRAPHER’S ASSISTANTS Bjorn Johnston and Jack Grayson
STYLIST’S ASSISTANTS Natalie Petrevski, Ellen Presbury and Lexie Miles