Happy Australia Day everyone! What, you didn’t know? Well, folks, today is a big—no, huge—deal where I come from Down Under. Here’s the background: The National Day of Australia is celebrated (usually with lots of beer) on January 26 annually, and marks the day the First Fleet of British ships first landed in Port Jackson, back in 1788. Fun fact: There were 11 ships in the First Fleet.
But I digress: On this very special event (even if you didn’t know about it one minute ago), we’re introducing you to 13 of Australia’s most underrated, but insanely stylish women on Instagram. So to honor Australia Day, click through the gallery, hit follow, and get a little more Aussie style into your feed.
These are the women who rule the streets of Sydney during Fashion Week, nab the major campaigns for labels based Down Under, and every Australian fashion girl follows on Instagram.
Tanja Gacic is a street-style star, mom, and foodie who contributes to Vogue Australia and is a global ambassador for Farfetch.
Nadia Fairfax is the 26-year-old daughter of iconic Australian football player Russell Fairfax. She's a Sydney-based socialite and fashion blogger.
Casey Burgess is a singer/presenter/blogger from Sydney, Australia. She was part of Australian children's group Hi 5 and has appeared on popular Aussie TV series "Home and Away."
Samantha Harris, 25, is a regular on the runway during Fashion Week in Sydney; is one of the country's most in-demand young faces among local brands; and has appeared in Australian editions of Vogue, competed on "Dancing with the Stars," and in January 2011 was named a "young women's fashion ambassador" for Australian department store David Jones—the same brand that gave Miranda Kerr her biggest break.
Kate Peck is a popular Australian TV personality and an ambassador for one of the country's largest fashion department stores, Myer.
Law student Margaret Zhang originally got her foot in the fashion industry door by launching her blog, Shine by Three. Today, she's a well-respected Sydney-based photographer, creative consultant, and stylist, and has collaborated with international brands such as Gucci and Tommy Hilfiger.
Lara Worthington (née Bingle) is the wife of Sam Worthington and the mother of the actor's child. Before she married Worthington, she became ultra-famous in her own right after appearing in a popular campaign for Tourism Australia, and nabbing her own reality TV show, "Being Lara Bingle."
Model and blogger Alexandra Spencer recently collaborated with cool-girl brand Reformation,on a sleek line of New Year's Eve 2015 dresses. She also has her own label, Réalisation, and blogs at 4th and Bleecker.
You know Ruby Rose from her role as Piper's love interest in "Orange Is the New Black," but she's been a famous (and favorite!) Australian face for years, thanks to a presenting gig with MTV.
Tully Smyth became a household name after appearing on the Australian version of "Big Brother" in 2013. She now has 230,000 Instagram followers and blogs about travel and fashion.
In 2010 Jesinta Campbell won Miss Universe Australia, and placed second runner-up internationally. Since then she's worked as a model, TV host, and actress.
The average Aussie might not know who Pip Edwards is, but everyone in the fashion and entertainment industries sure will. Edwards held a role as the accessories designer at Sass & Bide before moving to major Australian streetwear brand General Pants Co. as the design director. She's a huge street style star Down Under, and regularly pops up on blogs around Fashion Week.
Mom, model, and fashion entrepreneur Lindy Klim is married to Michael Klim, a world champion swimmer and Olympic athlete.