Here at Talanoa, we believe that age is nothin’ but a number when it comes to chasing your dream, and at the age of seven, Mariah Bellaluisa Alone is a perfect example of that. With three years of modelling experience under her belt and a beautiful mix of ethnicities (Fijian, Tongan, Aboriginal and Italian), her mother Paulina says “she is becoming quite well known within the industry and not only represents her diverse cultures but a modern Australian also.” We were fortunate enough to have the opportunity to interview both Mariah and her parents to hear what they had to say about their experience so far.
How did you know you liked modelling?
After my first shoot, I really enjoyed being in front of the camera.
What’s the best part about it?
I love getting to meet designers and trying on clothes. I also love going to new places.
What’s your biggest dream?
I have a few big dreams, one of them is to model in Italy.
I’d also love to be an artist. I love being creative.
Is there anything you’d like to tell other kids who might dream of modelling too?
Stay healthy and be patient.
Paulina and Moses Alone
When and how did you recognise, and nurture this talent in Mariah?
At a very young age Mariah would love to sing and dance in front of our family and would always put on little (BIG) performances for us. Finally we decided to find a trustworthy agency for her, and by the time she was four, she was signed to an agency.
Performing in front of family and friends is one thing but being able to take instructions from a team of unfamiliar professionals is another.
The process of working with strangers was inevitable – we needed to be sure she had the right temperament for the work, and we also wanted to know if she would love it as much as we thought she would. After her first shoot we knew she throughly enjoyed it and thankfully from there, she’s consistently picked up a variety of work.
As parents we’ve done our best to make sure we nurture her talents and encourage her no matter how big her dreams are, for “little girls with dreams become women with vision“.
We’d like to thank the beautiful Mariah for her time and to her lovely parents, Paulina and Moses for allowing us to interview them. To get in touch or to follow Mariah’s work, you can follow @sydneyminifashionblogger on Instagram.
Real Living editorial
February 2015 issue of CHILD magazine