Photos: From university to runway

Updated 4:04 PM ET, Thu September 13, 2012
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Croatian model Petra Vujevic took a year off from pursing a university degree in computer science to give modeling a try. It seems to have paid off with several gigs at New York Fashion Week this fall. Brandon Ancil/CNN
The 20-year-old stands front and center for designer Christine Alcalay's presentation of her 2013 spring season collection. Brandon Ancil/CNN
Vujevic wore two outfits from Christine Alcalay's spring collection, which combined feminine and childlike elements, the designer said. Brandon Ancil/CNN
Designer Christine Alcalay, right, said she was drawn to Vujevic for her "gamine" quality, which reflected the collection's innocent spirit. Brandon Ancil/CNN
APM Models, which represents Vujevic in the United States, distributes her model cards to potential clients. Brandon Ancil/CNN
This is Vujevic's first season modeling in New York Fashion Week. A typical day can last 12 hours without a break for food. Brandon Ancil/CNN
Models line up for a practice walk at Avril Lavigne's "Abbey Dawn" runway show. Brandon Ancil/CNN
Shoes from the Abbey Dawn show are seen at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York's Chelsea neighborhood.
It takes five tries to tame Vujevic's long, wavy hair into a "punky ballerina bun" for Avril Lavigne's runway show. Brandon Ancil/CNN
Kardashian half-sister Kylie Jenner was the first model to walk for the Abbey Dawn show. Brandon Ancil/CNN
With her hair finally done, Vujevic is ready to move on to makeup. Brandon Ancil/CNN
Vujevic plans on returning to university in Croatia after New York Fashion Week. Modeling is exciting but exhausting, she says. Brandon Ancil/CNN