PROTEGEES: Back from the catwalks of Europe for a while, Alise holding Tilly the puppy, and Meghan Murie with David Pierce in Narrabri.
Former Wee Waa St Joseph’s primary school students, twins Meghan and Alise Murie, have returned home to Warren for a mid year break from their busy life in the international fashion industry.
The identical twins grew up on Boolcarrol station, near Wee Waa, and are now confidently parading high fashions on the catwalk for some of the world’s top designers.
So far this year the girls have travelled to London, Paris and Milan to feature in fashion shows and magazine shoots.
They also plan to work with agencies in Japan and the US later this year.
“It’s been such a great travelling experience, we honestly weren’t even sure if we’d last a month in London because we’re only just starting out but we ended up staying for three months and then staying in Milan for three months,” Alise said.
“It’s really nice to come home though and relate our experiences back to growing up on the farm.
“The property we are on is twice the size of Milan so it just puts everything in perspective.
“As soon as we got home Mum had us back doing all our regular jobs like feeding the chooks.”
While back in the North West, Meghan and Alise took the opportunity to return to the place where their modelling careers began.
The twins first took to the catwalk for Authentic Trademarks proprietor David Pierce at one of his annual fashion parades.
David’s professionally produced and choreographed fashion parades for numerous charities over the years were the key to self confidence and awareness for many young models, opening doors and opportunity they may never have dreamed of.
The future for Alise and Meghan is bright, with the girls planning on keeping their options open by going to university.
Alise has deferred her position in a Psychology and Linguistics degree at the University of Queensland, while Meghan also has the option to study Law and Justice at the Queensland University of Technology next year.
“We’re definitely planning on coming back to Australia to study,” Meghan says.
Their determination to gain a degree is impressive considering the glamourous, but busy, lifestyle they enjoy while overseas.
Studying seems to pale in comparison to all-expenses paid trips to do fashion shoots in interesting places, free products and seeing the sights in major European cities.