Co.lab Model Academy was established in January 2017 by Photographer and Editor of SW Life+STYLE online magazine, Jo Bevis. The academy rapidly gained a strong reputation for professionally-run, innovative classes and workshops.
Jo has extensive photography experience, including shooting runway at the Melbourne, Perth, Bali and South-West Fashion Festivals. Jo has a daughter and son, 26 and 18.
Co.lab Models was formed in January 2020. Co.lab scout, develop and place models internationally and have associations with several agencies, including Elite Model Management, FiveTwenty Model Management, Priscilla's Model Management and Model Co. International.
Cloe is an Actor and Model and has worked with Co.lab since 2017. Cloe is studying full time at ECU to become a Drama and Dance Teacher.
Cloe is currently modelling in Perth and has also gained work on Australian TV and several advertising campaigns, including a tourism commercial with Kylie Minogue.
Cloe has a real passion for the the arts and fashion and loves teaching and mentoring students and aspiring Models. Cloe is a Mum to two young boys.
Mentor, Modelling & Acting Teacher
John-Alex Shaw-Tanner has been involved in the fashion industry on many levels. Since beginning to design, make and sell clothing at the age of 14, he has organised , run and styled parades and photoshoots and gone on to win “Australian Young Designer of the Year”. He has been a judge on many model search competitions and run his own successful modelling academy and agency, Model Co. International, which had sister agencies in California, New York, London, Paris, Toronto, Berlin and Milan.
John-Alex is an accomplished stylist, with his models, designs and styling work being featured in over 40 magazines around the world including Vogue, Vogue Italia, Tantalum, En Vie, Promo New York, Kaltblut Berlin and Huff of to name a few. His body of work can be seen @reworked_man_woman_designs on Instagram.
John-Alex is very experienced in training models in all areas of modelling including: Pageant and Competition preparation; cat-walking & choreography; photoshoots; styling; success in the industry; hair and makeup; backstage professionalism at parades.
He brings a great deal of passion, a wealth of experience and a true love of the industry, to our team.
Mentor and Modelling Teacher
My daughter began modelling as an impressionable 14 year old, in 2017, under Jo’s guidance as Director of Co.lab Model Academy.
Jo is a wonderful mentor, life coach and professional, with a diverse skill set across may fields from business management to photography, all of which contributed to the successful and positive working relationship we developed together.
Jo’s network of well-respected industry professionals soon became my daughter’s network too, which lead to part time work in modelling, a goal my daughter had chosen to pursue when beginning her journey with Co.lab. She soon modelled for Stellar and the Chief (Margaret River and Perth clothing retailer), Fusion Jewellers, Hobo & Hatch and the Goose Cafe and Restaurant and also assisted a friend set up her new Perth label, Shadows and Love. Importantly, this early modelling work provided experience in the workplace which also helped secure and maintain her first regular job as a casual at Alforno Restaurant in Busselton.
I admire Jo’s personal and dedicated approach to managing her modelling academy, ensuring full transparency when dealing with parents, reliable communication and excellent service. My daughter thrived under Jo’s wing, resulting in improved confidence and posture, further developed understanding of grooming and deportment, greater interaction with adults, etiquette and leadership skills, and a greater awareness of the influence, power and potential risk involved with using social media.
Jo is a true professional and a wonderful role model for both teenagers and women.
Lecturer, South Regional TAFE
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