Co.lab 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.
Our classes place a strong focus on instilling confidence and resilience by learning to walk with pride and purpose. Aspiring Models will be given training and guidance and will be invited to join our Development group.
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.
Georgia was a student at Co.lab before becoming a Teacher/Mentor in 2019.
Teacher and Mentor - DUNSBOROUGH
Orla is an Actress and Model living in Perth, who has training in dancing, Taekwondo, stage combat, yoga, volleyball and rollerskating.
Orla was accepted into the Special Visual and Performing Arts (SVAPA) Program at Mount Lawley Senior High School where she performed in a variety of plays between 2011-2015. Orla has movement and stage combat training and has studied screen acting and the American accent with NIDA.
Orla started modelling in 2015 when she was scouted by a Perth Agency and has since done many photoshoots, runways and video shoots and won the Runway category at the 2020 Australian Supermodel of the Year. Orla has extensive experience in theatre and modelling and has spent the last year performing in many short films.
Emma will be joining our team in 2021, as a support Teacher and Mentor.
Emma is 18 and is a Model, Singer and Actress. Emma has been in the industry for 4 years and been modelling professionally for 3 years. She enjoys all things creative and loves helping others.
Emma also has a background in musical theatre, which lead her to modelling.
Emma is very excited to pass on her knowledge and share her experience with students...”I’m really looking forward to meeting everyone and can’t wait to see what 2021 has in store!”
Support Teacher and Mentor - PERTH
Annaliese Gann is a 24 year-old Model, MC/Presenter, Influencer and a strong advocate for body positivity.
Annaliese has been signed to Brazen Models and Wink Models and has extensive modelling and presenting experience and has recently moved over from Sydney.
Annaliese will be joining us throughout the year, in class and BTS!
Presenter and Mentor - PERTH
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.
Mentor and Modelling Teacher - PERTH
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, recently working on ABC series, "The Heights". Cloe has also worked on 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. Cloe is taking a short break from teaching as she is expecting her third child in February, 2021.
Mentor, Modelling & Acting 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
Relief Teacher, GMAS