Myf Shepherd is officially back. After taking a year off to study, the model's agency recently confirmed that she will return to modelling whilst staying in school.
“Myf’s back modelling. She’s continuing on with her studies but she’s very excited to be based in Sydney now and modelling for top end magazines and securing some major Australian campaigns as well," they explained. "She may go back for the [Spring 2011 Couture or Fall 2011] shows, although there are no plans at this stage. But things happen very quickly, there’s a slight chance she may."
The 19 year-old recently spoke to The Daily Telegraph to exaplin her decision to take the year-long hiatus: "I was too young when I started," she said. "I wasn't really ready for how competitive and everything the real world is, so I just needed to take some time to be a regular teenager. Modeling can be really stressful. You have to look after yourself."
Myf Shepherd has built a pretty comendable modelling portfolio after just a year and a half hard at work. Recently, she's covered Dazed & Confused Japan and scored an editorial for Numero (a shot is after the jump), but since being being snubbed by 'Australia's Next Top Model' producers and debuting at Rosemount Australia Fashion Week in May 2008, she's done everything from walking for Prada to becoming the face of Gucci. Now? Shepherd is taking a break from the runway and studying theatre-set design at Sydney's College of Fine Arts, according to frockwriter.
Shepherd isn't the only Australian model to quit the catwalk for the time being. Tallulah Morton (shown here covering the French magazine Velvet) is heading after a fine-arts degree, according to her agent Vikki Graham - but some close to the situation say that her "break" might end up being a permanent exit from the industry. Morton began modelling at age 13, starting at Rosemount and moving on to New York Fashion Week for a strong next season. She had a lukewarm period with not much international heat (perhaps because of French child-labor laws), and then hit the Paris shows strong when she turned 16 in 2008. Morton won favour with Hermes and Jean Paul Gaultier, but for the past 18 months or so her social antics, often catalogued by The Cobrasnake Mark Hunter, have earned more notice than her career.
We don't know about you, but we've been playing a game of fashion Where's Waldo. Top models Sigrid Agren, Toni Garrn and Georgina Stojiljkovic haven't been making their usual zillion fashion-week appearances, and we've been wondering why.
It seems, according to Fashionologie, that the three might be taking a season off to focus on studying. Myf Shepherd, the face of Gucci, has also sat out of London Fashion Week so far, and only walked a few shows in New York. (Granted, she did make 3.1 Phillip Lim.) It looks like she's thinking of taking a break, too.
Are you missing any of your other favourite models from the fashion-week round ups?