Cheers to having a side piece!

When I started this article, I honestly thought it would take me about 20 minutes. I counted a few girls, on one hand, with fledgling side hustles that I wanted to write about in the hope to show you, dear reader, that it is of the utmost importance to also dabble in the world of business and creativity in order to survive a flogging in the world of fashion.

Without sounding too jaded (I am on the ugly side of my 20’s…you really can’t blame me), I am about to state the obvious: a career in modeling is fleeting. Girls these days need to stand out from the crowd, and also use the limited time in modeling as a platform for their future dreams.

Now for the fun part- your inspiration! After a little research (that was definitely longer than 20 minutes), here is my list of girls that have both start up businesses and full-blown companies. I hope this whets your appetite for a new business adventure and sets your sights high for the next chapter, whatever that may be.


Anna Feller of Wilder by Anna Feller @WilderByAnnaFeller


Holistically focused, Wilder by Anna Feller centers on not only strengthening the bond between mother and child but also enriching your life with high frequency meals and fabulous family inspiration. View more here

Tanja Gacic of My Empirical Life @MyEmpiricalLife


Not just a Blogger, model and mother Tanya Gacic shares her fabulous life and style and how you can emulate her panache in

Rachel Rutt of Heart People Music @HeartPeople Music


A true artist in all sense of the word, Rutt created Heart People to express her true manner and creative passions. Have a listen here.

Tahnee Atkinson of Kenni and Kai @kenniandkai


Flaunting off her enviable curves in her own label, Atkinson and her sister Kaila have created a insta-worthy swimwear label that is set to be your next summer staple. Shop their collection here:

Gemma Ward of @GemmasDotCom


Embracing her Australian roots and new-found settlement down under, Gemma Ward celebrates iconic Australian laid-back life style in her carefully curated selection of clothing available at

Jessica Gomes of Equal Beauty @Equal_Beauty


Celebrating the uniqueness of not only Australian women, but women all over the globe, Gomes has created a beauty line that hopes to transcend race and prejudice, whilst working wonders on all complexions. Available at David Jones and

Amy Finlayson of The Fin Collection @TheFinCollection


Embracing all aspects of art, Finlayson curates exhibitions, collects art, consults for businesses and private clients, writes amazing pieces (like this one, wink wink) and also creates her own unique pieces of art, all at

Nicole Trunfio of Erth Jewelery @ErthJewelry


Packed with beauty that (nearly) outshines her, Trunfio’s divine fine jewelry label, ERTH jewelery is a diffusion line to her namesake Trunfio Universe label, and is pure heaven. Worn by nearly every famous influencer on your timeline, you can also have a piece of her handmade striking creations here

Simone Kerr of Balletto @BalletoBody


With a background in ballet dancing, over a decade in the modeling world, plus a business degree up her sleeve, Kerr combined her talents into a business of fashionable dancewear. Named after all her good friends (The Simone, The Tiah, The Amy…), Kerr’s line of Ballet leotards have been an incredible hit with the uber flexible and are uber chic (from the Barre to the Beach!). Get yours at

Shanay Hall at @ShanayTheDoula


After giving birth to her daughter Iyla Wilde, Hall decided to give back. Studying to become a certified Doula, she now practices and assists the birthing process from her hometown of Berlin.

Tiah Eckhardt of Celeste @OhYesCeleste


Perth born, San Francisco based Eckhardt has a penchant for the extravagant and her SF based label Celeste is nothing short of the fabulously frivolous. Incorporating both clothing, accessories and even footwear, Celeste should definitely be a part of every wardrobe. Shop here

Zanita Whittington of @ZanitaZanita


Moving from in front of the lense to behind the camera, Zanita jumped on the Blogger bandwagon long before it was cool. She not only shoots and creates her own content, but she has a very cool and fashionably educated eye for detail, along with some well-earned advice to impart. Check out her musings at

Miranda Kerr of Kora @KoraOrganics


The Queen of them all, I hope I don’t have to explain the booming beauty business she has created. Spawned from her healthy lifestyle and love of Noni juice, Kerr created Kora out of pure passion, blood, sweat, and tears. Hats off to the success she has received, I hope we can all emulate her business ethics and grand success.

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