Indonesia's first super model speaks out
Image: PLC Sydney girls with Tracy Trinita.
On the 26 August, Tracy Trinita, Indonesia's first supermodel, visited with PLC Sydney students. Tracy spoke about how she found her identity in Jesus after realising that the modelling world was leaving her empty and searching for meaning in her life. The girls loved Tracy's address which was a powerful reminder that fame and glamour may not bring the fulfilment that most of us dream it might.
Tracy Trinita is the very definition of an exotic beauty. But when she was young, this Balinese beauty with Dayak and Brazilian blood thought she was an ugly duckling – or giraffe - as her Brazilian heritage meant she was much taller than her school friends. When Tracy won the Elite Model Look International 1995 competition, she was not only the first Indonesian to do so, but at 14 years of age she was offered a glamorous life in New York as a highly paid fashion model. As Indonesia’s first supermodel Tracy went on to work for top designers such as Yves Saint Laurent, Jean Paul Gaultier, Kenzo, and Benetton on the catwalks of New York, Milan, Paris, Spain and Sydney. In Indonesia, Tracy’s career moved into acting in films and television series, and then to screenwriting and international music event promotion.
You might imagine this life was everything she’d hoped for. But surrounded by fame and glamour, she felt empty until she realised that people with faith were happier.
Thank you to Tracy for sharing her amazing story with us and for some valuable insight into true fulfillment.