'Hurtful and racist': Aussie top model targets Instagram trolls

Samantha Harris features in David Jones’ Autumn Winter 2011 campaign.
Samantha Harris features in David Jones’ Autumn Winter 2011 campaign. David Jones

SAMANTHA Harris has had enough.

Australia's best known indigenous model has lashed out at "keyboard warriors" for continuously posting "hurtful and racist comments" on her social media page.



Taking to Instagram, the 27-year-old republished a paparazzi shot of her wearing a floral green dress while attending the Moet & Chandon Spring Champion Stakes Day in Sydney over the weekend, while flanked by a photographer and a group of girlfriends.

"Definitely not a flattering photo of me but that's OK," the post read, which featured the photo taken at Royal Randwick Racecourse.

"We can't be ready for a photo all the time.

"What does get me down is that all the negativity that one photo can cause the amount of hurtful & racists comments I receive is unbelievable I would never go out of my way to say that about another human."

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Harris, who has established a successful career after being discovered at the age of 13 when she was a finalist in the Girlfriend magazine model competition, said while she loves her job, she knows she isn't "everyone's cup of tea".

"I'm totally fine with that," she wrote.

"I love the fact I can inspire so many women but these keyboard warriors don't even understand how hurtful their words can be."

Harris' post was met with hundreds of comments supporting her work, and decision to speak out against online trolls.

"Racists are just small hateful people who sadly think their opinion has any merit," one person said.

"You're a gorgeous person inside and out and you're allowed to have "unphotogenic" days.

"Beautiful inside and out and a great inspiration to young Australians," another added.

"You are a divine being, you are serving your purpose and inspiring many along the way."

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As the second Aboriginal woman to grace the cover of Vogue magazine, this isn't the first time Harris has spoken out about racism within the fashion industry.

Samantha Harris, at Westfield Eastgardens for Naidoc Week Fashion Show, said she'd like to see more Aboriginal girls on the runway.

Samantha Harris, at Westfield Eastgardens for Naidoc Week Fashion Show, said she'd like to see more Aboriginal girls on the runway.Source:Supplied

In 2013, the model from Tweed Heads said she'd like to see more "diversity" on Australian runways and supported by the fashion industry.

"I would love to see more diversity on the catwalks and in campaigns because Australia itself is such a multicultural country, why don't we celebrate that," Harris told AAP.

"Indigenous Fashion Week happened last year,' she said in an interview with the ABC in 2015.

"I saw so many beautiful Aboriginal girls. I don't understand why there aren't more young [Aboriginal] girls on the catwalk."

Harris married her long-term partner Luke Hunt in a secret intimate ceremony in March 2014.

The pair opted to keep the ceremony secret out of respect, after they were involved in a fatal car accident in 2012 that resulted in the death of 78-year-old grandfather, Kenneth Lay.

Mr Hunt was charged with dangerous driving occasioning death, and sentenced to jail.

"We had been engaged for a few years and were planning to get married," Samantha told Marie Claire magazine.

"Would our wedding have been bigger under normal circumstances? Probably not, but I would have posted a photo or something on social media."

Mr Hunt was released from St Heliers Correctional Centre in Muswellbrook, NSW, in May last year.

Last month, the pair attended the Colgate Optic White Stakes Day at Royal Randwick Racecourse, as part of the annual spring racing carnival.

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