Lola Van Vorst was one of the standouts on this year’s Australia’s Next Top Model. Although she was eliminated from the reality TV show, she’s doing well in the publicity stakes.

Most recently, it was Van Vorst’s naming of model Lyndsay Anne as her new girlfriend that got attention.
While Sydney Star Observer had its gaydar shining bright on this modelling beauty from the start, we had to wait until she came out to her family before we could do our exclusive interview.

I was only hesitant about coming out on the show because of my family. I told Mum before it came out in the media. That would be a crap way to find out that your daughter is gay, she said.

After the first few weeks the girls did find out on the show but I didn’t want it to be about my sexuality and didn’t want everyone to tune in because of that. The producers were really good about it but I’m sure if they knew they would have focused on that.

She came out to her mother three weeks ago and her father has known for a while. Although she has always known she was a lesbian, she found it hard to come out due to the burden of going to a Christian high school.

They said it was bad and God does not agree and you will not go to heaven if you sleep with girls and they scared me out of it, Van Vorst said.

I couldn’t deal with my feelings and I tried with boys but it didn’t work. I wish being gay was not an abnormal thing to society and it bothers me that people still have a problem with it -” it’s upsetting.

With a six-foot frame and strong facial features, there’s no way this model could get lost in a crowd. As we crossed the road to the cafe, where the interview was taking place, I couldn’t help but notice the way she walked.

In past episodes, the judges described her walk as somewhat -˜masculine’. I commented on her lanky yet confident stride.

I was a bit unco on the catwalk and yes, they did say I walked quite masculine. I wanted to say, that’s just because I’m a dyke, she laughed.

While she is proud of her sexuality, Van Vorst stressed she didn’t want to be portrayed as the new Ruby
Rose or someone who flaunts her sexuality at every opportunity. She also aspires to become a television presenter.

Life’s pretty good for this aspiring model who’s said to bring the ’90s glamazon look back into fashion.
Hopefully after a few catwalk lessons and a new portfolio, Lola Van Vorst will rise above the reality TV label and become one of Australia’s next top models regardless of the fact she has not won the TV competition.

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