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Being Aussie at New York Fashion Week
Whether you're a designer or a model, exposure is the name of the game. It's a truthful statement in so many industries that "if no one sees you, they'll never get the chance to know how great you are."

Holly Kagis has modelled in runway shows all over the world but this September she stormed the runway at the iconic New York Fashion Week (NYFW). As one of the "Big 4" which includes Paris, London, and Milan, NYFW is one of the most acclaimed and anticipated shows of the year. The world watches, meaning that the world gains immediate exposure to exceptional talent like Holly. The event also translates into major economic impact. Senator Brad Hoylman (of the 27th district) states that NYFW brings in an estimated $900 million to the economy of the city. Both NYC and the fashion industry put their best foot forward via models like Kagis and the most forward thinking designers in the world. It's a perfect storm which is far reaching. For Holly it was a frenetic and fantastic experience to add to her already long resume and another runway step down the same path as famed figures such as Giselle Bu╠łndchen (earning an estimated $30.5 million last year), Adriana Lima (more than $10 million) and Karlie Kloss ($9 million).

New York City is inherently fast paced but even more so during Fashion Week. It's as if the entire city takes part. NYFW hosts events at multiple venues across town while most other cities utilize only one. Holly found the intensity empowering, channelling it for her appearances at shows such as NYFW powered by Art Hearts Fashion Week, Fashion Palette NYFW, and designers such as Fernando Alberto Atelier, Elliatt, NNCY, Alexandra Propescue-York, Elle Zeitoune, Avery Verse, DA by Daniel, Atelier Nicola D'errico, La Piacentini, Pin Up Stars, Cotton Inc, Santina Nicole and INIFD & London School of Trends. Donning the gamut of styles from casual chic to couture gowns, making changes at a breakneck pace;Holly confirms that the pace is intense. Regarding her appearance at Art Hearts Fashion she says, "Because I'm walking for eight to ten different designers each day at NYFW, the atmosphere backstage is very high-energy. It's constant action and everything is fast-paced". There are a lot of quick adjustments with full hair and makeup changes between shows. It's chaotic but I've always loved working in those high-energy environments. The madness backstage at a runway show is part of the fun. The shows at NYFW and LAFW are held in incredible venues that I love to work in, and the crowds are high-energy too."

The magnificent venues of NYFW are an equal part of the mystique which surround the event. A historic Gothic Revival synagogue built in 1849, the Angel Oresanz offers views of the models and designs from either side of the runway and the mezzanine level. The building has hosted events by Salman Rushdie, Maya Angelou, Alexander Borovsky, Spike Lee and Philip Glass; acclaimed artists of different mediums. NYFW is equally prestigious in impacting culture around the world andHolly is aware of the significance of walking the runway at this venue. Kagis appeared at 15 NYFW events in September of this year representing many designers from all over the world. Following the event, she was immediately booked to shoot a campaign for Australian designer DA by Daniel Alexander with photographer Bob Cooley and couture Milliner Marilyn Van Den Berg. A proud Australian, the model loves to support designers from her homeland. She states, "I walked for Australian brand Elliatt at NY Fashion Week. I loved their collection. There's so much talent in the Australian Fashion Industry but designers have to work so hard to get their product on the international stage. I'm so grateful to have had a career that has taken me all over the world and I have had so many incredible US clients like MAC Cosmetics, Victoria's Secret, and L'Oreal but it's always really special to get to support Australian designers who have worked their way to this point where they can debut a collection at NYFW."

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