Pia Miller got her big break when she won Dolly magazine's annual modelling contest in 1998, aged 14. She later moved on to acting and is probably best known for playing policewoman Katarina Chapman on Home and Away. After finishing on the popular soap earlier this year, Pia, 34, is back on our screens in the Nine Network's new thriller series, Bite Club.
You're no stranger to Melbourne Fashion Week – what's it like to be the ambassador this year?
I'm a Melbourne girl and my mum, brother and sister still live here, so it's like going home. I walked the runways here as a teenager – I remember being in shows for Lisa Ho, Collette Dinnigan, Wayne Cooper and Alannah Hill. It feels like it's come full circle.
How would you describe your personal style?
I like to keep things simple and dress for comfort – a T-shirt, a pair of Levi's and sneakers or R.M. Williams boots. I also wear a backpack if that gives you my sense of practicality as a mother of two sons [Isaiah, 15, and Lennox, 11] who's always on the go.
I wear Scanlan Theodore, Camilla and Marc, and Bassike. I'm drawn to linen and drapey pieces, and love Isabel Marant. I love raw fabrics, raw silk, and anything with a feminine twist.
Interview by Jane Rocca
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Melbourne Fashion Week runs from August 31 to September 7.
Fashion editor Penny McCarthy. Photographer Bec Parsons. Make-up Filomena Natoli using Giorgio Armani. Hair Richard Kavanagh using Ghd.