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Model who defended blackface costume as 'praise' for Serena Williams QUITS the industry and announces surprising new venture one year after backlash

By Benge Nsenduluka For Daily Mail Australia

Published: 03:42 BST, 13 June 2019 | Updated: 03:43 BST, 13 June 2019

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The model who defended her blackface costume as 'praise' for tennis stars, Venus and Serena Williams, has quit the industry to pursue a surprising new venture.

In an Instagram post on Wednesday, Sophie Applegarth, 23, announced she is pursuing nursing more than a year after she was reportedly dropped by Chic Model Management in the wake of backlash. 

'As excited as I am for my new venture as a Registered Nurse, I am going to miss this little dude so much,' she wrote alongside a photo holding a baby.

From modelling to nursing: Sophie Applegarth (pictured), 23, announced she is pursuing nursing more than a year after she was reportedly dropped by Chic Model Management in the wake of backlash

From modelling to nursing: Sophie Applegarth (pictured), 23, announced she is pursuing nursing more than a year after she was reportedly dropped by Chic Model Management in the wake of backlash

'Thank you for creating this beautiful human, and letting me be part of your fam.'  

It's unclear whether Sophie is studying to become an RN or already qualified. 

It comes more than one year after she was widely criticised for sharing photos online which showed her and a friend dressed as Venus and Serena Williams.

She later defended the shocking photos on Instagram.

'Disclaimer — I had no 'racist' or malicious intent by the photos I just uploaded,' she wrote.

That's not model behaviour! It comes more than one year after the model (right) was widely criticised for sharing photos online which showed her and a friend dressed as Venus and Serena Williams

That's not model behaviour! It comes more than one year after the model (right) was widely criticised for sharing photos online which showed her and a friend dressed as Venus and Serena Williams

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