Melinda Kemp is so authentic that it’s hard to remember she’s a professional model and not your best friend. With over 65 thousand followers on Instagram, Melinda’s feed is still full of gratuitous selfies, screen grabs from 90s movies like 10 Things I Hate About You, acai bowls, and her adorable pug.

If there’s one word to describe Melinda’s approach to her career, it’s “determined.” Before she hit it big as a model, she was a finalist in the Miss Universe Australia pageant for three years in a row. In 2012, 2013, and 2014, Melinda finished among the top contestants and continued attempting to win. She once told an interviewer that it had been her dream to be Miss Australia since she was six years old when she used to watch the competition with her grandmother.

Melinda is represented by the prestigious agency Wilhelmina and often flies off to New York, LA, Miami, and Dubai for work. The agency scouted her out on Instagram, signed her, and put her to work as she started quickly climbing through the modeling ranks.

The brown-eyed sweetheart has been dating former reality star and model Jay Lyon who has previously been romantically connected to Victoria’s Secret Angel Miranda Kerr and The Hills reality star, Whitney Port.

Her glowing skin and wide smile make her look at home on the beach where she lives in Sydney. It’s no wonder the 26-year-old is partnered with brands such as Jets Swimwear. Not only did she walk in their show, she also fronted their print ad campaign. Melinda is also partnered with Gooseberry Intimates, a French lingerie label with innovative detailing, chic styles, and soft lace designs. Her lean and toned 5’ `10” frame is perfect for showing of skimpy, sophisticated apparel and the model is often compared to her boyfriend’s former flame, fashion sensation Miranda Kerr.

Melinda is not only a professional powerhouse, but an amazing world citizen who loves nature, animals, and shows constant appreciation for the beauty of the world around her. She uses her Instagram page to promote causes close to her heart. In the past Melinda has shared photos of local shelter puppies in an attempt to get them adopted and prevent them from being put down. She also supports the causes of others including voicing her support of Leonardo DiCaprio’s efforts to protect the rainforest from the palm oil industry, calling him an “epic human” and encouraging people to help the planet “keep some of its natural beauty”.

A true citizen of the world, Melinda encourages her followers to live their best lives by travelling the world, being kind and generous, and living their lives to the fullest, reminding them that, “The world is filled with nice people. If you can’t find one, be one.”

It’s safe to say that Melinda Kemp is one of those nice people and uses her influence to make the world a better, happier place. Whether she’s on the beach or travelling around the world, Melinda stays grounded as she rises up through the modeling world.