With the prospect of earning money from the sale of her
harrowing story in doubt, model Michelle Leslie can take comfort in
a regular income from her old job in the fashion business.
Three strikes but not out: Michelle Leslie should be able to resume
her modelling career once a 'return strategy' has been planned.
As soon as the Bali court brought down its guilty verdict, the
Australian rag trade rallied around Leslie, promising work and
Her model agency, Chic, said inquiries began pouring in soon
after the 24-year-old's fate was known, but no bookings would be
taken until a "return strategy" was discussed with Leslie and her
Despite her drug conviction, it appears Leslie will not be
punished by her fashion peers.
But she will not profit from the experience either, Chic
co-owner Kathy Ward said.
"She's made a terrible mistake but we, as an agency, like any
parent, have to be there to support her," Ms Ward said. "We have
received inquiries regarding work for her but we can't book
anything until we've had the chance to sit down with Michelle.
"She's not the type of girl to profit over this drama or her
conviction. She'll just be grateful to be home. It's been a hard,
hard few months for her."
Comparisons to supermodel Kate Moss and the recent cocaine
scandal that threatened her career were dismissed by Australian
fashion figures who have worked with Leslie and plan to do so
Covers designer Barry Taffs, who featured Leslie as the face of
his last summer campaign, said feedback about her photographs for
the brand had "been sympathetic to the plight of a young woman in
the wrong place at the wrong time".
"The fact she can come home is delightful," Mr Taffs said. "If I
needed to use her look again, I wouldn't hesitate to employ
Anthony Nader, hairstylist and owner of Raw hair salon in
Darlinghurst, hired Leslie as a hair model for his entry in this
year's Australian Hair Fashion Awards, judged in London last
The finalist for Australian and NSW hairdresser of the year
said: "Michelle's got a look that remains in demand. She'll come
home bigger and better than ever, despite what's happened to create
Source: The Sun-Herald