Country Girls face national title
TWO Mackay girls will be vying for the title of Miss Country Girl Australia at a gala event in Sydney tonight.
Twenty-nine finalists will be at the judging, to be held on a cruise boat on Sydney Harbour.
Samantha Cridland, 15, of Glenella, who jetted to the big smoke on Saturday, said regardless of the outcome she already considered the event a fantastic success.
"Whether I win or lose it has been such a great experience," she said.
"I was set on a career in medicine, I never thought of the possibility of modelling so this is a very new experience and very exciting.
"It is such a great opportunity," she said.
Proud mum Karen Cridland said the atmosphere and mood leading to the finals was electric.
"It's been a wonderful experience, all the girls are so similar in attitude, they are all excited, and bubbly."
Mrs Cridland said the event gave girls from outside major centres the opportunity to be seen by modelling agencies and talent scouts.
She said up to 70% of last year's finalists had been given modelling contracts after the event.
Samantha Cridland was runner up in Miss Country Girl three months ago but organisers offered her a wild card entry into the finals.
The Mackay winner in Miss Country Girl Australia, Cheyenne Twidale, is also in Sydney and equally excited about the night.
With a dream to model for Victoria's Secret, 14-year-old Cheyenne said she was nervous but excited about the finals.
"I hope I do well. There are 29 beautiful girls from all over Australia here but I'm keen to win," she said.
The girls will model swimsuits and casual and formal outfits with the bonus of keeping the clothes and shoes worn at the event.
Organisers said contestants had the opportunity to transform from a country girl to a supermodel, the winner being given a contract with Miranda Kerr's agency.