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Jan 20, 2014 5:03PM

Meet The Model: Duckie @ IMG

Shot by Dakota Gordon.

Nyadak Thot aka Duckie is all about family. She's one of seven kids and her older sister Nicki was a model in New York before inspiring her little sister to audition for Australia's Next Top Model last year. While on the show, she missed her sister's wedding. You might say she's made up for it now though, having gained local and international attention. She starred in our Jo Duck shoot just last week, and now she's back to answer some questions!

Jerico Mandybur: Where did you grow up and where are you currently living?
Duckie: I'm born and raised Aussie, although most people assume I was born in South Sudan. I grew up in Melbourne and I'm currently living here.
 
What's the most surreal thing to have happened to you in your modelling career so far?
A lot has happened so fast, but I would have to say going on Australia's Next Top Model. That started up my modelling career. I've always been interested in modelling, but I was too nervous to go to an agency. My sister basically forced me to audition the season after Charlotte Dawson scouted me in the crowd.
 
What's the best advice you've ever received? Do you stick to it?
"I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength." Philippians 4:13. It's not advice that someone's given me, but this verse in the Bible has helped me along the way and I try and stick by it as much as possible. It's always a nice reminder that anything's possible :) 
 
Who are your top 5 role models?
Nelson Mandela, Liz Cambage, Naomi Campbell, Candice Swanepoel, Mahatma Gandhi. 
 
What would you be doing right now if you weren't modelling? 
If I wasn't modelling right now, I'd want to play basketball professionally. Basketball has been a big part of my life the last few years and it always will be. I only started to become serious about the game 3 years ago when I started playing for New Stars. My coach made me see the game in a way I hadn't noticed before and that's something I'll never forget.
 
When's the last time you cried, laughing?
When all my cousins came over and we shared stories of when we were younger and the different types of punishments we'd get when we were naughty.
 
Can you send us a link to a YouTube you really like?
This clip is of my sister's wedding! I didn't get to attend the wedding because I was on the show last year which was really difficult for me. I was her maid of honour but I wasn't at her wedding. Watching this video makes me feel as if I was there. This video sums up my whole family pretty well and it makes me so happy.
 
 
Tell us a joke?
Okay, one thing about me is that I can't tell jokes. I'm normally the one laughing at them. But my dad always has this one joke that will stick with me forever — it was in his exam when finishing high school and everyone got the answer wrong besides 1 person…What makes oil boil? You put the 'b' in front of 'oil' :p
 
If you were in charge, what would you change about the world?
I would have world peace, no poverty and no pain. 
 
Can you send us a selfie?
This photo was taken 3 years ago. I don't know what's going on this picture but it always makes me laugh. Everyone has one of these selfies don't they? I'm pretty sure this selfie sums me up; I look semi lost, hahaha! 
 
 
 
Photography: Dakota Gordon
Fashion: Hugh William Stewart
Makeup: Colette Miller for MAC
Clothing by Rachel Kay