Article by Ali Daher courtesy of Daily Mail Australia.
Australia’s richest woman Gina Rinehart has made a surprise move into fashion, partnering with this year’s Brisbane Fashion Festival.
The mining magnate, 68, has signed on to help showcase emerging design talent at the Next Gen Group show on August 24, according to The Courier Mail.
Putting her support behind the festival is a first for Rinehart, after she attended the event as a spectator alongside Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Lady Mayoress Nina Schrinner last year.
‘Brisbane Fashion Festival is Queensland’s much loved annual fashion event,’ Rinehart said of the partnership.
‘We very much enjoyed last year’s event and the next generation designers and are delighted to be asked to assist this year’s emerging designers.
‘Emerging is when they most need enthusiastic support. Through this partnership we will be able to provide a platform for emerging designers to showcase their talent and best designs.’
Event organisers were taken by surprise after discovering Rinehart put in a request to purchase 10 front row tickets for the sold out event last year.
Paying for the tickets in full, she brought along stars such as Olympic gold medallist Ariane Titmus to sit alongside her each night.
She looked stylish in an all-white ensemble white pants, a matching coloured shirt and coat.
Applications for business-ready emerging designers are open now.
Rinehart is Australia’s richest person with her wealth growing to $32.64 billion as resource prices rise.
Last month she beat out every male billionaire to top The Australian’s The List: Australia’s Richest Top 250.