Shipman reaches Miss World Australia state finals
FORMER Grafton resident Carlie Shipman is aiming to be on top of the world this year.
Now living on the Gold Coast, the 21-year-old model has made it through to the state finals of the Miss World Australia pageant.
Miss Shipman said the journey started as a simple email from a modelling agency, and she deliberated whether or not to go for it.
"It's such a big thing to be a part of, I ummed and ahhhed for a while," she said.
She said the audition experience walking for judges and answering questions was nerve racking.
"There's a big question and answer section where they can ask you anything, so my adrenaline was just pumping," she said.
"In the end though it was the most basic question I was asked."
Miss Shipman now moves through to the state final of the pageant on April 20 in Brisbane, and apart from the glitz and glamour of the night, the hard work begins straight away.
"Miss World is about beauty with a purpose - and the aim is to raise as much money for Variety as I can, and go out and do some service in the community," she said.
"They are looking for beauty on the inside, as well as wanting healthy girls who are fit and capable."
Winners from the state final go to the national final in Melbourne, and from there one will be named as Miss World Australia and compete for the overall title internationally at the end of the year.
Miss Shipman said she was looking forward to the journey ahead.
"I've never really done this type of thing before, and it'll be 'get out and be involved in charity'; it's different to being the stereotypical model," she said.
"The most exciting thing is it's doing something good for the community and it's just a great experience.
"That and it'll be fun to have a bit of a turn in all the big dresses, it's nice to be a princess and be great to go on further."
Miss Shipman has modelled for 14 years.