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It’s an honour dubbed “first face” and yesterday Brisbane’s top international modelling export Catherine McNeil was granted the title at New York Fashion Week, opening the Diane von Furstenberg show.

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With A-list heavy hitters including Vogue editor Anna Wintour, singer and actress Jennifer Lopez and Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria looking on, McNeil was the first model to stride down the runway – a gig reserved for the world’s top catwalk queens.

And the Logan glamour girl stole the show in a trademark von Furstenberg dress, a key piece from the designer’s show considered one of the must-see collections of the week-long fashion extravaganza in Manhattan.

McNeil’s “first face” privilege has only added to her status as one of the industry’s hottest commodities.

“Catherine is really now a supermodel,” said Jodie Bache-McLean, the director of McNeil’s Aussie-based agency Dallys.

“We haven’t seen anyone like her since Elle Macpherson, and in the fashion industry she is among the top 10 most powerful models.”

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