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Nathan McGuire: wearing it well

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Nathan McGuire: wearing it well

How the Western Australian model is reshaping Australia’s fashionlandscape, one pose at a time.

Getting scouted on Instagram is the ultimate dream of all of us who look amazing and work well with filters, so it’s nice to see that dream come true for someone like Nathan McGuire. Master of brooding poses and that “serious business” look, the Noongar man from Gidgegannup was picked up by Vivien’s Model Management a few years back, and since then he’s been travelling the world and building his reputation. He’s also served as a model for epic street artist Adnate’s work on the Art Series Hotel in Perth.

Using his voice

But when you have a platform, it’s important to do more thanlook pretty and rake in the cash, right? Nathan has always been passionateabout his heritage and being a face and voice for young Aboriginal people inAustralia.

This July, Nathan got involved in a debate around a local campaignabout diversity in the Australian fashion industry, #PullUpAustralia. The wholething was sparked by a post on the platform that made his career: Instagram.

“I was on the set of a photoshoot when I saw myself taggedin a post on Instagram – and I had an automatic response to just hit ‘like’,” hesays in an editorial for The Guardian. “But then when I looked moreclosely at it, and read what was written, straight away something didn’t feelright. I had an immediate gut reaction.”

The following debate over skin colour revealed a lot of theunderlying biases we still face in Australia, and Nathan was one of the mostprominent figures demanding that “we get to speak and own the space withinfashion, where we decide on matters that affect us. That space must be reservedfor us; our voices must be at the forefront.”

Giving it back

Recently, Nathan has served as an ambassador for the 10thAnniversary Hoodie Day for AIME Mentoring’s “We Imagine” campaign. Part of thatrole including redesigning this iconic piece of clothing for 2020.

Hetold 10 Magazine, “The hoodie to me represents hope and strength. Itmeans our kids are being given support and opportunities to succeed in thisworld. It’s important our future generations are uplifted as they are ourfuture.”

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