Just four months after signing with one of Australia’s top fashion agencies, Lianna Perdis has made her catwalk debut.
The 16-year-old daughter of makeup guru Napoleon Perdis took to the runway on Monday 12 December as the closing model for renowned Greek celebrity designer Dimitri Petrou.
Sitting proudly in the front row to watch his daughter, Napoleon was joined by his wife Soula Marie, actors Manos Gravas and Iosif Marinakis, and singer Melina Aslanidou.
“I was delirious, nervous and could not watch,” Napoleon told Confidential.
“It was one of the few times in my life I was sweaty. I had to wait until the video to see the show and Lianna on the runway. When it was over I needed to sleep 14 hours to recuperate.”
While this is the first major modelling gig for the Athens-based Lianna, she also appeared in July’s Girlfriend magazine and Russh, and is following in her father’s footsteps with her own makeup line, Total Bae, launched last May.
“It’s been a part of my life ever since I can remember,” Lianna told Russh magazine.
“We were always talking about it at dinner, I was always coming to work … I just think I’ve always been a part of it.”
Having been surrounded by makeup her whole life, Lianna says that while she knew a lot of time and passion went into every aspect of the products, coming on board and seeing the processes has allowed her to learn first-hand that it doesn’t happen overnight.
“There is so much that goes into just one product, let alone a whole range. From conception, to working out the right formula, choosing the packaging, plus the shoots and advertising, it really is a team effort. It’s so satisfying seeing the range come to life!” she told InStyle Australia.
The Total Bae range includes a volumising and lengthening mascara, a clear hydrating, lip-plumping product, and concealer.
In the meantime, however, the eldest of four girls is juggling modelling and her makeup line with finishing her final years of high school.
Having been raised across three different cities − Sydney, Los Angeles and now Athens, Lianna says she is happy with the family’s decision to relocate.
“It was an adjustment − a good one though,” she admits.
“I like Athens, it’s a very gritty city. It’s very real. I kind of like that. It’s very different from LA and Sydney.”