We love having our Montana Cox in town as does everybody else. Being "One of Australias most in-demand models" Montana caught up Kate Waterhouse to talk, life, career and the future...
Photo: Steven Siewert
Did you ever expect to lead the life you live?
No - never ever ever. When I was younger, I was a really big sports girl. I wanted to be a professional netball player. That was my dream. And then ANTM happened. I was shopping with mum and mum said, "Go try out" and I was like, "No mum".
You didn't even want to try out for ANTM?
No, we were just shopping and [the auditions] were there and mum was like, “Just do it" and I was like, “OK”. Ever since then it has been a big whirlwind.
If you decided to go down that model path, do you think you could you have done it without ANTM?
It has been an amazing platform in terms of having cameras around you all the time and getting interviewed and meeting all the photographers. It was a really great exposure as well. It's a very popular show in Australia. It’s very focused on helping the girls reaching their goals, which is really great.
Not everyone who wins ANTM is as successful as you are. What’s the secret to your success?
I don't know. But I think it's really having your head screwed on straight. I just try to be really positive and the best person I can be every day. I’ve always been very open to travelling around and seeing new things and new places. So I think just having an open mind about that has been really great for me.
Do you still watch the show?
I do. Actually, I just watched last season. I remember I could not watch my season! It would stress me out. But I’ve watched all other seasons. It's just really addictive TV.
What's the best part about your job?
The perks are pretty good! I mean, free stuff is always really nice [laughs]. But I think it's learning from the people around you. The experience I've had the past couple of years I would have never had [without modelling]. I would have stayed in Melbourne and maybe gone to university. But modelling has taken me around the world and I’ve seen things I’d never be able to see or do. So it's really exciting and great in that sense.
What's the worst part about your job?
I think getting picked and prodded at, 24-7. Especially [during] show season there are constantly brushes on your face and people pulling at you, doing this and doing that. It's just like: "Stop touching my face. Stop pulling my hair.” I think sometimes call times can be a little bit too early [in the morning. But I cannot complain. I'm very lucky.
What are you currently working on?
I'm back for the David Jones Fashion Spring Summer Fashion Launch, which is really exciting. It's going to be a lot of fun and it’s spring-summer, which is my favourite time in dressing sense
What are some of the trends we’ll be seeing this spring/summer?
It’s all [about] romantic florals - very soft and pretty - and lots of coral. We are also going to be seeing a lot of "sport deluxe", and animal print is really in this season, but it's much more on the reptilian side, like crocodile and snake. So just try and stay away from leopard - leave that in the cupboard! Also lots of crop tops and maxi skirts and shift dresses, which I'm really excited for.
As a Youth Ambassador for David Jones, is there pressure on you to act in a certain way?
I think so. I don't think it's a pressure - I think it's just more of, like, just leading by example.
You must have a lot of young fans.
I do. It's really exciting to have that young fan base and they're a very strong fan base. So it's really exciting and they really get behind you and they really do look up to you - like, they’re always on Instagram and Twitter. You have so many girls coming up to you and say “I look up to you”. It's a really great feeling to have that.
What has been your biggest modelling highlight?
I think doing the shows overseas is really exciting… Walking for Givenchy was a lot of fun.
Where do you see yourself in five years' time?
Hopefully still modelling, still travelling around the world. Just keep on moving forward, meeting new people. I don't know. We have to wait and see.
Do you have a secret talent?
I play the violin. I’ve played the violin for 10 years.