photography by Karin Garland
Montana Lower is True Blue
Author: Erica Bartle Date Posted: 29 September 2017
When brainstorming who could become the face of our Lucy True Blue jean, Montana Lower was an obvious choice.
The 22-year-old from North Queensland has the kind of fierce determination and carefree attitude that characterise the somewhat paradoxical Australian spirit, not to mention the sort of effervescent personality and love of life that endears you whether you meet her in person or via her Instagram.
That win under her belt, it wasn't long before she made the switch from architecture and construction to engineering.
"Engineering was something I always felt I should do but was told I wouldn't enjoy it."
"Engineering was something I always felt I should do but was told I wouldn't enjoy it," she says. "I love how the possibilities for it really are endless and are developing every day. Being an engineer in this day and age is the opportunity to make a difference with the way the world works in ways people haven't even thought of yet! I think that's pretty exciting."
This altruistic vision for engineering was bred into Montana with her upbringing on the Coral Coast in Fiji before a move to North Queensland to complete her schooling.
"I always had an inkling that I wanted to give back to the environment in some capacity. When I was little there was no talk about climate change yet, but I could feel there was something unbalanced about the equation in the way that humans were living. I was a very thoughtful little girl. I wanted to know where things came from and where they were going. Looking back at it I can see how where I am was just a natural progression of that."
Another scholarship win took her to Cambodia last year where she attended the annual Humanitarian Design Summit through Engineers Without Borders.
"It was a conference teaching about the principles of human centred design and how we can transfer our skills between contexts. It was essentially about breaking down our ideas of and redefining 'underdeveloped' communities. A lot of NGOs get caught up in trying to bring these places things that we have in say, Australia. But that doesn't work. The gap's too large and they don't necessarily need OR want it."