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Starving model left with only $100

She packed her bags and left her home country, hoping to make it big as a model in Singapore.

But now, Natalie only has enough money for one can of food a day. She is also unable to afford rent.

The 22-year-old Australian has posted her plight on the internet, hoping that a kind-hearted soul would offer her a job and give her a place to stay.

When a reporter from Shin Min met the model, he expressed shock at how bony her figure was.

Standing at 1.8 metres tall, the Sydney native told the Chinese daily that she found out that there were plenty of modelling jobs available in Singapore when she called a local modelling agency. The agency also told her that she would be able to earn a lot of money as there were many jobs that needed her 'look'.

Encouraged, she flew in to the city armed with $2,000.

However, the money soon disappeared - to items like rent and transport.

Natalie said she had gone for several castings, but was not called back.

"Now I only have less than $100 left. With that money, I can only allow myself one meal a day," she said, explaining that her meal was a tin of the cheapest canned food from the supermarket.

A clown and a nanny
Determined to make ends meet, the performing arts graduate is now willing to be more than a model - the leggy beauty has advertised her services as a nanny.

"I can tutor kids at home or help out in a restaurant. I don't need to be in acting or modelling," she said, adding that low wages are acceptable, as long as she has a place to stay.

"I hope that the place will be near the train station. It will be more convenient for me to attend castings," she said.

However, the responses to Natalie's advertisement have taken a sleazier slant.

Although she had clearly specified that she does not provide "adult services", almost 90 per cent of the respondents asked if they could sleep with her.

To date, 42 people have replied to her advertisement.

"All the e-mails I received have asked me to provide sexual services. I will never do so."

She only had one legitimate job offer - which was to distribute flyers for $5 an hour, which she rejected as she found the job description strange.

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