JEWELLS model Rebecca Szulc spent her childhood growing up on Newcastle beaches before being chosen as a new face of swimwear giant Seafolly.
The 20-year-old is the model for Seafolly’s 2013 Preview range, which hits stores on February 4 and has new styles every month until April.
‘‘My dad and I spent every afternoon after school going to the beach,’’ Szulc said.
‘‘He gave me a custom-made surfboard when I was a teenager.’’
This is the first campaign for the fresh-faced model who was spotted by a talent scout just two years ago while she was shopping at Westfield Kotara.
She signed with Work Agency in Sydney and was sent to New York last year to meet international model-maker Paul Rowland who helped launch the career of Elle Macpherson.
The Australian swimwear brand Seafolly has had a list of top Aussie names model its colourful styles, from Kristy Hinze to Jessica Hart and Miranda Kerr.
‘‘Just to be considered was amazing. Victoria’s Secret models have worked for Seafolly,’’ Szulc said.
It has been a quick rise for Szulc who until recently had never been overseas and rarely left Newcastle.
The model, who is 180centimetres tall, has been working at a shoe store at Kotara but is now able to focus on modelling full time.
‘‘Until I went to New York I’d never even been on a plane before,’’ she said.
A sister to two older brothers, Szulc attended Cardiff High School.
‘‘Seafolly has achieved impressive success on a global scale but always stay true to its Australian roots, embracing Aussie beach culture,’’ Seafolly chief executive Anthony Halas said.
‘‘This is reflected in our campaign face choices and we are delighted the stunning Rebecca is the latest edition to the role of Seafolly ambassador.’’
Seafolly will soon announce a model for its 2013 main campaign. The announcement comes following news the brand has signed an exclusive deal with Myer which will see its stock gradually phased out of David Jones