TEGAN Woodford doesn't really like the beach, but is hoping to take out this weekend's Australian final of the Miss Hawaiian Tropic international bikini competition.
The Banora Point local will be one of 18 beauties competing for a chance to travel to Las Vegas to compete in the lucrative pageant that includes an international modelling contract and thousands in cash and prizes.
“I use to go the beach every weekend, but now I don't really like the beach,” said the 20-year-old blonde.
“I hate the idea that there are sharks out there, but I like wearing bikinis.”
Tegan, who manages Amcal Chemist at Coolangatta, says she can't wait to strut her stuff at the finals in Surfers Paradise on Saturday night.
“I have had a few pairs of blue bikinis made for me and have spent the last three weeks sewing sequins to them,” Tegan said.
“I'm still not done and will have to do a few more hours work before Saturday night.
“Most of the girls wear the Brazilian-style bikinis, which are skimpy, and others wear the really brief style; but I don't like them, because I don't like my bum to be fully out there.
“I have been training for the last five weeks; five days a week at the gym and two with a personal trainer to make sure I look my best.
“I have also been on a strict diet, not eating a lot of carbs and lots of protein to give me a lean and more defined look, which will help set me a part from the other girls.”
As well as parading her bikini body for a panel of judges, including past winners and fellow models, Tegan will be wearing a Flintstone's-inspired costume, complete with fake bone in her hair, in the competition's theme section.
“My theme is jungle girl,” she said.
“It's a very cute costume and has the fur trimming and everything.”
With finalists travelling from all around Australia, Tegan who won her place in the finals after winning the Miss Hawaiian Tropic round held last December at Sin City night club in Surfers Paradise, says the thing she likes most about bikini pageants is meeting new people.
“There are about six gorgeous girls who I think are in with a good chance to win on Saturday, but I am just in it for the fun.
“I love the feeling of strutting my stuff on the catwalk, especially when the crowd is good and are cheering.”
Tegan's parents Dianne and Paul Woodford, from Banora Point, will be among a team of supporters going along to the event to be held at the Billy's Beach House night club to support their daughter.
“They are really supportive and come along to the competitions whenever they can.”