Model Estelle Hamersley is one of the local lovelies who will strut their stuff in the local heat and final of the Best Model Australia competition in Coolangatta tonight.
Model Estelle Hamersley is one of the local lovelies who will strut their stuff in the local heat and final of the Best Model Australia competition in Coolangatta tonight. Scott Powick/Tweed Daily News

Estelle out to be best model

ESTELLE Hamersley won't be the only beauty hoping to crack the big time tonight when she competes in the local final of the Best Model Australia competition.

The 19-year-old Coolangatta girl has a chance to win a place in the national final to be held in Surfers Paradise next month, and if successful in winning the Australian title she will not only win $20,000 in prizemoney but will go on to represent Australia at the Best Model of the World competition to be held in Turkey next year.

She will be one of up to 12 girls to compete in the heats and final to be held at the Calypso Tavern in Coolangatta tomorrow night before 30 girls from Australia and New Zealand compete to be crowned Australia's Best Model at the national final on September 3.

“There are plenty of success stories from this competition,” said event co-ordinator Melanie Dorsey. “A lot of modelling agencies and the world's top designers send talent scouts to pick the girls who have that look and will be the next big things.

“The competition is a great opportunity to get noticed for up-and-coming models,” she said.

“It is not just about how good the girls look in a bikini, although there is a swimwear section, but is about the whole package, their looks, personality and attitude.

“The girls who enter the competition are more interested in becoming a fashion or catwalk model, so their physique and strut is important, but so is their personal sense of style and how they present themselves; the attitude they have on the catwalk.”

Competition sponsors, a representative of event co- ordinator Procon Leisure International Promotions and a photographer from men's magazine Ralph will judge tonight's competition.

“Having Ralph on board is not only great exposure for the competition but for the girls as well, with a number of entrants in past years ending up in the pages of Ralph,” Ms Dorsey said.

Entry to the event is free and is in the lead-up to the TW Steel Miss Super GP competition - formerly the Miss Indy GP competition - which kicks off at the Calypso Tavern from August 21.



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