Vanessa Eyles of Eye Spy a Studio did a photoshoot for the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence last week.
MODELS: Shaely Skye, Dakota Lee Shaw, Jessica Agius, Aleisha Balfoort, April Spring, Emily Markovic, Erin Hason, Shelby June and Jess Brie.
Vanessa Eyles of Eye Spy a Studio did a photoshoot for the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence last week. MODELS: Shaely Skye, Dakota Lee Shaw, Jessica Agius, Aleisha Balfoort, April Spring, Emily Markovic, Erin Hason, Shelby June and Jess Brie. Eye Spy a Studio

Rockhampton models spell out powerful message

NINE Rockhampton models. One incredible photographer. One passionate organiser. One powerful message: Stop bullying.

Last Friday, schools across Australia took a stand to celebrate the eighth National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence.

Rockhampton woman, Belinda Hackney, wanted to do something to do her part.

With her daughter Shaely Skye as a model, Belinda turned to the idea of something visual.

"I had thought about doing a photo shoot for no bullying and then with the tragedy of Dolly I thought it would be good to get it out there for community awareness," Belinda said.

Belinda approached Vanessa Eyles, Rockhampton professional photographer of Eye Spy a Studio who offered to shoot and host the event at her studio.

Freelance models and models from Aleisha Balfoort A+ Models CQ all put their hand up to take part.

"When you speak to models there is just such a stigma around modelling, people think they are stuck up, a lot of them do it for confidence," Belinda said.

The idea of the photoshoot was the girls had derogatory words written on their bodies and they all wiped them off each other.

"It was emotional, there was some tears, it was a real bonding experience for the girls and they all really enjoyed it," Belinda said.

Vanessa Eyles shared the photographs on her professional Facebook page.

"Imagine a world free from bullying," she wrote.

"Bullying has caused so much damage over the years.

"It has caused depression, changes state of mind and even suicides.

To bully is to show cowardice. Bullies puts others down, usually with their words, actions and judgements.

"Sadly, this only reveals who the bully is, its a person who puts others down to feel better about themselves.

"Bullying can destroy a person emotionally.

"It is foolish and dangerous.

"If you are a victim of bullying, don't keep it a secret.

"Get help. You are not alone."

One of the models involved was Rockhampton teen Dakota Shaw.

Being involved in the shoot was something personal for the 13 year-old as she had been bullied before.

"I know that talking to people can be really hard," she said.

"Seeing an image is a lot more powerful than a couple of words written on a piece of paper."

Dakota was bullied on the school bus from older grades at different schools than her.

"They used to say all these nasty things, threatened to bash me," she said.

"I am tougher those words and I can fight through."

Channelling her experience, Dakota is in Miss Teen Diamond Australia and has chosen Dolly's Dream as her charity.

"I chose that because Dolly is around the same age as me, it was something I could relate and I don't want another young person to take their life," she said.