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Who is Duckie Thot? How the Australian model's doll-like features and chance meeting with Kanye West helped launch her career as she prepares to walk in the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show... and even Rihanna's a fan

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She made headlines back in February when it was revealed she was forced to take her own makeup to photo shoots because stylists struggle to match her dark skin.

And following news on Sunday that 22-year-old Duckie Thot will walk in this year's  Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, her incredible journey to stardom has come to light.

She was raised in Melbourne as the daughter of South Sudanese refugees and, in 2013, she competed on Australia's Next Top Model where she finished in third place.

New superstar! Duckie Thot, 22, revealed on Monday that she will walk in this year's Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. The model is pictured here attending Harper's BAZAAR Celebrates 'ICONS By Carine Roitfeld' at the Plaza Hotel on September 7, 2018 in New York City © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited New superstar! Duckie Thot, 22, revealed on Monday that she will walk in this year's Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. The model is pictured here attending Harper's BAZAAR Celebrates 'ICONS By Carine Roitfeld' at the Plaza Hotel on September 7, 2018 in New York City Despite her success on Top Model, the African-Australian beauty struggled to achieve any mainstream recognition Down Under and subsequently moved to New York City - where her career took off.

'I just thought, "Why am I here?" So I was just like, "Let me make the executive decision to move to New York. I'm not getting my coins in Australia",' she told Sydney's Daily Telegraph last year.  

She eventually signed with New York Model Management but it was a chance run-in with rapper Kanye West in 2016 that helped propel her career to new heights.

Chance run-in: She signed on with New York Model Management after moving abroad from Australia, but it was a chance run-in with rapper Kanye West (pictured on September 7, 2018 in New York City) in 2016 that helped propel her career to new heights © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Chance run-in: She signed on with New York Model Management after moving abroad from Australia, but it was a chance run-in with rapper Kanye West (pictured on September 7, 2018 in New York City) in 2016 that helped propel her career to new heights

'I left a casting in New York and Kim, from Kanye's team, ran out after me,' she previously told Vogue magazine.

'"You have to come upstairs! Kanye will love your look!" she cried. I didn't even know Kanye was in the same building! I followed her to see what was up and ended up shooting a magazine cover that day.'

Duckie then booked the Yeezy spring/summer 2017 show, which was her first runway gig.

Last year, she became the face of pop star Rihanna's beauty brand Fenty.

'I'm still trying to get my head around working with Rihanna, she's one of the most influential women in the world,' she said.

a group of people posing for the camera: A-list connection: Last year, Duckie (2-R) became the face of pop star Rihanna's (centre) beauty brand Fenty © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited A-list connection: Last year, Duckie (2-R) became the face of pop star Rihanna's (centre) beauty brand Fenty

Duckie also starred in the 2018 Alice in Wonderland-inspired Pirelli Calendar alongside supermodel Naomi Campbell.

'I went to Tim Walker's casting in London and was more nervous than ever, I had no idea what to expect,' she said. 'By the time I was off the plane back in New York, I had the part.'

Meanwhile, the statuesque model has used her platform to shed light on social issues.

In March this year, she fronted a Bonds underwear campaign with singer Flume and called for more diversity in Australian fashion.

'I want to see more different faces. I want to see more different races and different people and different things I haven't seen before,' she told The Sunday Telegraph.

'It is across the board globally and it is in every single market.

'It is a push that needs to happen and it is being done. Even with the last few [fashion] seasons, we are seeing a massive turnaround across the board. It is lovely to see.'

Naomi Campbell posing for a picture: Her idol: She also starred in the 2018 Alice in Wonderland-inspired Pirelli calendar alongside supermodel Naomi Campbell (right). The pair are pictured at V Magazine's intimate dinner in honour of Karl Lagerfeld at The Top of The Standard on October 23, 2017 in New York City © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Her idol: She also starred in the 2018 Alice in Wonderland-inspired Pirelli calendar alongside supermodel Naomi Campbell (right). The pair are pictured at V Magazine's intimate dinner in honour of Karl Lagerfeld at The Top of The Standard on October 23, 2017 in New York City

In February, Duckie revealed she takes her own makeup to photo shoots because artists struggle to find the right shade for her 'really dark' complexion.

She added that she had been forced to order makeup from abroad because she struggled to find cosmetics that matched her skin tone.

'I take my own makeup to shoots every time,' she told the Evening Standard.

a woman sitting on a bench posing for the camera: Runs in the family: Duckie's sister Nikki Perkins (left) is also a model © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Runs in the family: Duckie's sister Nikki Perkins (left) is also a model

'I'll give the makeup artist the space and we'll shoot. If it doesn't look good, then we'll change to what I know works. If you're doing makeup on my skin, no one knows my face more than me.'

In 2016, it was revealed that Duckie was reduced to tears while filming Australia's Next Top Model because producers allegedly did not cater to her needs.

'I sat in front of the mirror silently crying before my shoot doing my own hair, cameras rolling while all the other girls had hairstylists, s**t scared I was going to get eliminated because a few "hair stylists" didn't know how to do their job,' she wrote on Instagram.

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