Nicole Trunfio is making headlines because of her recent Austalian Elle cover. In the photo, the 29 year old poses with her 5-month-old son, Zion, as she breastfeeds him. The new mother has been modeling for nearly 15 years, but she probably didn’t expect the magazine cover to make such a statement.
Elle editor-in-chief Justine Cullen noted that they hadn’t planned the cover to be a breastfeeding shot. “Zion needed a feed, Nicole gave it to him, and when we saw how beautiful they looked we simply moved her onto the set,” Cullen said (via the Hollywood Reporter).
If you haven’t heard of the supermodel before, there are a few things you should know about her. Here's six fact facts:
1. Teen Model – At age 15, a modeling agent approached Trunfio while she was shopping. She initially wasn’t interested, but quickly changed her mind. “She asked if I wanted to be a model and I said ‘Absolutely not!’ so we left, but then we were like, ‘Maybe she’ll give us 50 bucks if she can take my photo’ and so we went back, and I let her take my photo and she gave us 50 bucks,” Trunfio explained to Billabout.
2. Reality TV – The model’s real big break came when her agent put her on “Supermodel of Australia” in 2002. Trunfio won the televised competition and went on to compete in “Supermodel of the Universe,” where she placed second. Even though she didn’t win, she was still awarded a contract with the prestigious Ford modeling agency.
3. Engaged – Trunfio had son Zion with Gary Clark Jr., to whom she is currently engaged. They’ve been together since 2012. Clark is a guitarist from Texas, and he’s been playing with some major celebrities. He performed with Beyoncé and Ed Sheeran at a Stevie Wonder tribute in February, and his next gigs include opening for the Rolling Stones and the Foo Fighters, according to the San Diego Union Tribute.
4. Singing – Both of Zion’s parents are musical. In 2013, Trunfio led a band called Henry Blak. However, they only released one single, called “Kill Me.” See Trunfio sing in the music video below:
5. Acting – Though she’d previously appeared on film in a couple of small parts, the model took her first serious acting role this year in the independent film “Paper Planes.” She played the lead character’s mom and helped her son enter the World Paper Plane Championships. “I just actually signed with an acting agency in Australia, and we were looking for a role that I felt really connected with,” Trunfio told Variety. “And I felt really connected with this and I thought it was an incredible script.”
6. No Regrets – Although she didn’t plan to make a statement with her cover, Trunfio is happy that she started a conversation. “The last thing I want to do is be controversial, so please take this for what it is, let us #normalizebreastfeeding there is nothing worse than a mother that is judged for feeding her hungry child in public,” she wrote on Instagram.