Nugent’s view on PNG fashion industry

As editor of a magazine that features women, Margo Nugent would be in a better position to say how much PNG’s fashion and modelling industry has grown.


Lily magazine began publication in the country 4 years ago. And Nugent says it was harder to source someone who would strike the perfect pose or find a perfect wardrobe.

“We had no home grown fashion and modelling industry. So we had to get someone and then teach the models ourselves. Most outfits available were from China and couldn’t fit the Melanesian built.

“We only had few pioneer designers like Sarah Todd,” she said.

Compared to today, Nugent says there is a tidal wave of designers.

“Papua New Guinea is catching on. It’s happening and it’s happening fast,” she said.

Nugent was speaking at the crowning of the World Supermodel PNG last night.

She said in the last 15 issues since its first edition in 2013, the magazine has covered stories of fashion designers and raw model talents.

But the opportunity is still limited when it comes to the profession of professional modelling.  

On behalf of Lilly magazine, an official sponsor of World Supermodel PNG, Nugent awarded the winning contestants of Teen World Supermodel PNG.

Gloria Bauai