Well it seems a Vogue exclusive is not Codie Young’s only coup. The 17 year-old Sunshine Coast schoolgirl, who has been modelling for just four months and is currently appearing in a series of editorials exclusive to Vogue Australia, is due to appear on the cover of the October 2010 edition. That's what frockwriter's sources report editor Kirstie Clements told "20-30" people, including Queensland Premier Anna Bligh, at the Valentino retrospective launch at Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art on Friday night as she introduced Young to the room. Young was Clements' special guest at the event.
“I signed her in New York first but I wasn’t sure if Australia would get her look basically” Fisher tells frockwriter. “But obviously they do, if she’s on an exclusive for Vogue. Everyone has embraced her”.
Young walked in the Myer show last Thursday, but not the David Jones show two days beforehand, because she is under the latter retailer’s minimum runway age of 18. She also walked in one Brisbane Fashion Festival show.
Fisher reports that Young has been optioned for the shows of a major international fashion name for the Spring/Summer 2011 season, which kicks off in New York next month.
Fisher has however made the decision not to send her overseas until January, in preparation for a full season of shows – and not just one company's collections.
"If she hit it really big at the shows and everyone wanted to shoot her, they wouldn’t be able to because she would have needed to be back at school to finish year 12 and they would just move on to the next girl" says Fisher. "That happened to two girls at DNA. It’s the worst possible thing when Steven Meisel wants to shoot someone and they can’t”.
Here is a selection of new test images of Young by photographer Thom Kerr.