Celeste Barber To Make Runway Debut At Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival
Comedian and global sensation Celeste Barber is strutting her way onto the catwalk for this year's Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival.
Barber, who recently raised a staggering $50 million for Australian bushfire relief efforts, will also star as a guest speaker at the Fashion Summit along with host and fashion editor Glynis Traill-Nash.
Barber will hit the runway for a show sponsored by Harper’s Bazaar magazine that's set to include outfits by Aussie labels Aje, Ginger & Smart and Jason Grech, among others.
Speaking of the incredible opportunity, Barber said:
"I'm pumped to be a part of VAMFF this year. For many years VAMFF has ensured a rich diversity in shape, ethnicity and age on the runway and I'm excited to be a part of this."
She continued, "I'm looking forward to speaking at the Australian Fashion Summit to pass on my deep knowledge of style, sophistication and the secrets behind hiding my muffin top."
Barber also revealed the news to fans over Instagram, adding her trademark humour to the announcement.
"I’m totally the special guest at the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival,” she said while mock-prancing in a graffiti-lined alleyway.
"I’m walking in fashion parades and I’m talking in summits because … obviously."
Ironically, Barber found fame through her cheeky Instagram posts, win which she loosely replicates and mocks high fashion editorial shoots and models, which her latest posts referencing Em Ratajowski, Kylie Jenner and Cardi B.
VAMFF general manager Yolanda Finch said Barber had been in talks to join the event since October, with organisers praising the way in which she “throws a mirror” to the fashion industry.
“We are always wanting to work with strong role models, and in an industry that can sometimes take itself too seriously, Celeste certainly throws a mirror to fashion and the industry has embraced her endearingly delivered irreverence,” she said.
Barber's show will take place on Thursday, March 12, with VAMFF donating $50 from every Australian Fashion Summit ticket towards the Victorian Bushfire Appeal.
You can buy your tickets to the summit on the VAMFF website here.