Modelling outside the box
MONTY Thomas has big dreams, and he needs your help to make them happen.
The Noosa hinterland local is hoping to be a symbol of inspiration for others who don't fit within society's stereotypical boxes by becoming Australia's first drag supermodel.
"I want to build my career and work as Australia's first drag supermodel,” Monty said.
"I want to be a pioneer of self-love and acceptance, which I truly believe Australia needs and wants.”
The 26-year-old hairdresser has been performing and modelling as his drag queen persona Jess Whoo for years, but recently decided he wants to take a leap into full-time drag modelling.
But first, he needs your support - Monty launched a GoFundMe campaign last month to help kickstart his career and raise enough money to move to "Australia's creative capital”, Melbourne.
Working part-time and saving all his money, Monty said he needs a little extra boost from others to help make his dreams a reality.
"Like many people, I have experienced loss, heart- break, violence, unjust employers and health issues that have set me back financially but fuelled me emotionally,” Monty said.
"I already feel extremely blessed and humbled by the support of my friends and family who've gotten me this far.
"But I need some extra help, almost like a ladder to the roof.
"Although I've only just started, I wish to pursue it to the end, so that I can show Australia and if not the world a new light on the fact that being who you are is empowering and important to equality.”
Monty was inspired to follow his ambitions after walking last year's Sunshine Coast Fashion Festival runway in and out of drag.
He's not expecting an easy ride, but in the interest of diversity and equality, he said he has to try.
To donate, visit gofundme. com/australias-first-drag -super-model.