Epping teen scouted to model for New York fashion week
December 13, 2015 12:00am
Katrina Hinschen Whittlesea Leader
Brandon Kotsos, 17, landed in New York after being stopped by a fashion talent scout in the CBD.Picture: Josie Hayden
BRANDON Kotsos had never modelled in his life before he set foot on the runway at the Mercedes Benz Fashion New York City Fall/Winter Week in February.
The 17-year-old was hanging out with friends at H&M Melbourne when he was approached by a talent scout.
“I was a bit hesitant,” Brandon said.
But with the support of his family, Brandon started runway classes with Paul Roberts from Primodels and a few months later was asked if he wanted to travel to New York for fashion week.
“I said, ‘sure, no worries I’ll give it a crack’,” he said.
The St Monica’s College graduate from Epping said the experience was overwhelming, but a lot of fun.
He was selected by five fashion designers — Carni, Auma, GRAB, Charlies Harbison and F. T. L Moda — to promote their new fashion ranges.
Brandon Kotsos on the runway in New York.
“That was the first modelling I’ve ever done,” he said, noting celebrities including Chris Brown and Lady Gaga were in the audience.
“It was amazing, I loved the atmosphere, it was an adrenaline rush.”
He was invited back for the spring/summer New York fashion week where he was signed to international modelling agency Red.
“I was mainly interested in playing AFL, that was my original goal,” he said.
“I’m having a gap year next year to see where this takes me.
“They said to me they’re interested in selling me to a European market.
“My main goal is to do the whole thing, Paris, Milan, New York.”
Brandon said if modelling didn’t work out, he hoped to study architecture.