Australian Model Ditches Glamour Industry To Become A Miner

An Australian model has decided to ditch the life of glamour and become a miner instead.


Shana Mooyman started modelling from a young age and was all over nightclub and festival promotion posters until at 19, she decided enough was enough.

She became a mobile plant operator at a mineral sands mine in Cataby, Western Australia, and at 25 is now a fully-qualified operator and says she loves working in the male-dominated industry.


I was a little nervous at first coming into this work, being so isolated from everyone into such a small area grouped together with mainly blokes around.

We started having after-work drinks with my crew and that is when the potty mouth started. They converted me. I was now just one of the guys holding my ground not taking any of their nonsense.

I started modelling at a young age but it was never serious enough for me to take it up further.

Shana says she was drawn to mining because she got to be outside all day and the job stability it would provide.

She now has three investment properties and says she has operated excavators, loaders, dump trucks, water carts, tractors and forklifts – all things she’d never have done while modelling.


We think Shana would have been a success no matter which career path she chose.


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