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Just One Thing:
Ella Del Monte

Photographer and Stylist – Kaitlyn Bosnjak
Hair and Makeup – Bridget Cure
Model – Ella Del Monte

“Do the right thing!”

Hardly anyone has just one job these days and creatives certainly don’t. We’re a generation of multi-hyphenates and freelancers, just trying to make our way in the gig economy. Photographer Kaitlyn Bosnjak captures emerging models who are doing just that, breaking into the fashion industry and learning more about the world. While she has them, we thought we’d ask a couple of questions about the people behind the faces, including what they’d tell our audience if they could say just one thing.

Hi Ella! How old are you?

18.

Where do you live?

Sydney, Australia.

Other than modelling, what do you do with your time?

Coming off the back end of my final year of high school, I found that the majority of my time was dedicated to studying and learning, which I’m so fine with. If I’m not modelling then I’m usually reading or teaching myself new things. I think it’s so important to remain mentally stimulated and to always be keeping yourself occupied, so that’s where my time goes!

Tell us about your heritage.

My dad’s parents were both born in Italy and moved out here in their early 20s, while my mum’s parents were born in Australia and are of Australian and German descent. I consider myself extremely lucky because my European heritage has exposed me to so much interesting culture, which has ultimately shaped who I am as a person.

What do you do to switch off?

I find reading helps me unwind a lot. If I’m in bed, relaxed and reading an interesting book then I find I can switch off very easily.

There’s a lot to care about in the world. What are you most passionate about?

I’m most passionate about poverty and its ramifications on individuals, as well as the matter of equal access to fundamental resources for everyone. Having spent last year producing an interest project centred around the alleviation of poverty in Australia, my knowledge and understanding of the topic deepened greatly and, in turn, caused me to be far more passionate about the topic than anything else I’ve ever dedicated time to. 

What are you doing to fix it?

I believe that solving or combatting global problems starts with individual actions or changes in lifestyle. In this instance, donating money to charities or giving money to those who are homeless is how I try to assuage the issue. But I’m well aware that these issues can only truly be tapped into through the assistance of powerful bodies or governments, which is why I think that signing petitions and getting behind organisations who work to ease this matter is another great way to make an individual mark on this global concern.

What do you think Australia needs right now?

Right now, I think Australia needs stronger funding and more support for the people currently fighting fires across the nation, as well as those who are being affected by these fires. For such selfless and courageous individuals, I would love to see the government be more proactive about supporting Australian firefighters. I think it’s also so crucial that those who have been affected by fires receive the assistance and support needed by our government and other powerful bodies.

You can say just one thing to our FJ community. Go!

Do the right thing! In every way! Do what is morally right and do your part to make the world a better place.

Read other interviews in the Just One Thing series here


Styling credits

LOOK ONE
ST. AGNI DRESS, ARMS OF EVE NECKLACES
LOOK TWO
ELKA COLLECTIVE
JACKET, MEADOWLARK EARRINGS
LOOK THREE
ELKA COLLECTIVE
JACKET, NOBEL LABEL TOP, THE CALMM EARRINGS
LOOK FOUR
MAGGIE MARILYN
TOP, EVERLANE PANTS, THE CALMM EARRINGS
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