Nicole Trunfio (born 16 March 1986) is an Australian model.

Nicole Trunfio
Trunfio in 2012
Born (1986-03-16) 16 March 1986 (age 37)
Dubbo, New South Wales, Australia
Years active2002–present
(m. 2016)
Modeling information
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Hair colorDark brown
Eye colorMaroon
AgencyIMG Models (Worldwide)[1]
Iconic Management (Berlin)[2]

Early life Edit

Trunfio was born on 16 March 1986 in Dubbo, New South Wales, Australia to father, Giuseppe and mother, Kim. She is the youngest of three siblings. Her father was of Italian descent and she says her Italian upbringing made her feel "more Italian than Australian growing up".[3] She would ride dirt bikes and make Italian sausage, pasta sauce and wine with her grandparents. Trunfio grew up poor but never felt poor as “there was always food on the table and love in the household".[citation needed] When she was a child, her father played music around the house and "had every instrument around". She played piano growing up.[4]

Trunfio attended St. Mary's Primary School, in Merredin, Western Australia. Later, she attended Parkfield Primary and finally, attended Australind Senior High School in Australind, Western Australia.[5]

Sixteen-year-old Trunfio worked at Australian supermarket, Coles, packing shelves before she dropped out of school in Year 11 to move to New York City, after winning a modelling competition, with only 5000 dollars in her bank account.[citation needed] She was going to come back to Australia and study law at university after she was told that a model had a five-year shelf life.[citation needed] However, she studied acting in New York City for three years and also attended the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), in Sydney.[citation needed]

Personal life Edit

Trunfio began dating Texan blues musician, Gary Clark Jr., in 2012 after they met at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California. In November 2014, when she was seven months pregnant, Trunfio announced their engagement. The pair married on 19 April 2016, at the Colony Palms Hotel in Palm Springs, California, with a Coachella style wedding, inspired by the location they met. Her wedding dress was designed by Australian designer, Steven Khalil.[6]

In 2015, Trunfio announced on Instagram the birth of her first child, a son. In an interview with Vogue, she said “my first [child birth] was a breeze—I was working until about six months in, shooting lingerie campaigns, flying to promote a movie I’d just shot [for] the Toronto International Film Festival and then onto Dubai for a TV commercial.”[7] The pair's second child, a daughter, was born in 2018. For her second pregnancy, Trunfio chose to give birth at home. “It did not go smoothly and I almost died,” she told Vogue. In 2020, Trunfio and Clark's third child, another daughter was born.

Trunfio has been living on a 50-acre horse ranch near Austin, Texas with her husband and their three children since 2017.

Business ventures Edit

Trunfio is the founder and CEO of maternity clothing brand, Bumpsuit, sustainable and ethical jewellery brand, Erth Jewellery and swimwear line, Erth Swim.

In December 2016, Trunfio launched her own jewellery brand, Erth Jewellery, that focuses on sustainability.[8]

In 2018, Trunfio collaborated with Australian luxury candle and fragrance brand, Lumira, creating a candle titled, "The Vow", to promote self-love and positivity. She was inspired by the scents of dark, mysterious hotels and late-night meals and cocktails after living in Paris for a year, as well as being on a yacht in the Mediterranean, between the Amalfi Coast, Italy and the South of France.[9]

In February 2020, Trunfio launched her own maternity brand, Bumpsuit. She created Bumpsuit when she was pregnant with her third baby and felt frustrated with the lack of chic maternity options.[10]

In July 2020, Trunfio launched her sustainable swimwear line, Erth Swim, designed to "minimise its impact on the planet". She decided to create this brand after visiting Bali and seeing the state of the beaches after people had taken advantage of their environment, to raise awareness of this issue. All styles and designs for Erth Swim are made by women in Bali and greater Indonesia.[11]

Views Edit

In 2015, Trunfio faced backlash in regards to her Australian edition Elle magazine story, which featured her breastfeeding her four-month-old son. This image was released only to the subscribers’ cover of the issue as a thank-you for subscribing, while an image of Trunfio holding her son was instead published to newsstands. Trunfio's image was criticized as the media has continued to shy away from images of breastfeeding mothers. Trunfio stated “I think it should be something that isn't a [subscribers' cover]…it’s a huge part of being a woman and motherhood." However, Trunfio was also praised as some readers said “the image deserved wider release” in the interests of normalizing breastfeeding.[12] Trunfio has since used the cover as an opportunity to advocate for a change in the stigma surrounding women who breastfeed in public using the hashtag “#NormalizeBreastfeeding” on her Instagram.[13]

In 2016, Trunfio joined forces with clothing label, Auguste, in raising awareness of “1% For The Planet”, an organisation that asks businesses to contribute at least 1% of net revenue to sustainability-oriented causes. She applauded the global sustainability movement saying “it’s really important for brands to give back, and I hope this campaign inspires other Australian labels to join 1% For The Planet.”[14]

In 2016, Trunfio opened up about her experiences raising a mixed-race son, following the racial tensions that emerged following Donald Trump’s election as President, stating "my son is a product of love and my husband and I are very conscious that we are in an interracial relationship.” Trunfio said "it will be amazing when people stop seeing colour and race and culture and just all become one because, at the end of the day, we are all the same. Nobody is different and it's just a beautiful way to live life."

In January 2017, Trunfio participated in the women's march in Austin, where she carried two signs that read "Your silence will not protect you" and "Women's rights, black rights, trans rights, immigrant rights are human rights".[15]

Career Edit

Trunfio was the winner of the third installment of the Australian television series Supermodel of Australia in 2002 and came second in the international version, Supermodel of the World.[16]

She has modelled for various Australian as well as international designers including Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, Versace, Christian Dior, Gucci, Fendi, Missoni, Roberto Cavalli, Vivienne Westwood, Valentino, Victoria's Secret, Sweetface, and Neiman Marcus. She has appeared in campaigns for Karl Lagerfeld, D&G, Sonia Rykiel, Lacoste, Sisley, Anne Taylor, BCBG Max Azria, Chadwick's and Guess. Trunfio has worked with photographers such as Richard Avedon for Kenneth Cole campaign, Patrick Demarchelier for Harpers Bazaar, Steven Klein for D&G campaign, Peter Lindbergh for Italian Vogue, Terry Richardson for British Vogue, Greg Kadel, Melvin Sokosky, Russell James, and is the current face of Ulta.

In 2006, Trunfio began several years of studying acting in New York City at Stella Adler Studio. She attended NIDA, and was featured in the Australian movie Two Fists, One Heart playing the role of Italian temptress Jessica.

She served as a mentor for the female models in the second season of the American version of Make Me a Supermodel. She was also a mentor for one of the three teams on the first season of The Face Australia.[17] Trunfio replaced Miranda Kerr as the face of David Jones' winter 2011 launch.

Trunfio is represented by IMG Models in New York City, Iconic Management in Berlin and Viviens Model Management in Australia.

Modelling Edit

Trunfio was scouted when she was fifteen years old as she was shopping with her best friend in Perth, Western Australia by Christine Fox from Vivien's Model Management. When asked if she wanted to be a model, Trunfio responded “Absolutely not!” but eventually let Fox take her photo.

In 2002, Trunfio won the third season of the Australian talent show television series, Search for a Supermodel. When she was sixteen, Trunfio moved from Dubbo to New York and signed a contract with modelling agency, Ford, in New York, after placing third place in Supermodel of the World, an international version of the show.

In 2012, Trunfio left her agency Chic Management and signed a contract with high-profile modelling agency IMG Models.[18] She is represented by IMG Models in New York, Los Angeles, Paris, Milan and Sydney.

She has worked with and walked for high-fashion Australian and international designers including, Chanel, Versace, Christian Dior, Gucci, Fendi, Missoni, Valentino and Dolce & Gabbana.[19]

In 2015, Trunfio featured on the June issue cover of Elle Australia, photographed by Australian fashion photographer, Georges Antoni. This cover story sparked controversy as Trunfio was photographed breastfeeding her four-month-old son.[20]

Filmography Edit

Television Edit

In 2002, Trunfio featured on the third season of the Network Ten Australian reality television series, Search for a Supermodel, and won, sparking her modelling career. She also featured on the international version, Supermodel of the World, where she placed third.

In 2009, Trunfio joined the second season of the American reality television series, Make Me a Supermodel. She joined Tyson Beckford and replaced Niki Taylor, becoming the new mentor for the female contestants.[21]

In 2014, Trunfio starred in the first season of the Australian reality television modelling competition series, The Face Australia. She was a mentor for one of the three teams, alongside mentors Cheyenne Tozzi and Naomi Campbell.

Films Edit

In 2008, Trunfio played the role of Italian temptress, Jessica, in the Australian film, Two Fists, One Heart.

Trunfio played the role of, Sappho, in the 2008 drama, The Last International Playboy.

Trunfio also made a cameo as a "brunette bikini babe" in Sofia Coppola's 2010 film, Somewhere.

In 2010, Trunfio had a lead role in the dramatic short film, My First Time, playing a mysterious girl named, Jasmine.

In 2014, Trunfio starred as Cindy in the Australian children's film, Paper Planes, alongside Australian actor, Sam Worthington.[22]

References Edit

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