Winning girl from north country

LIBERTY WINS: Winner of Miss Country Girl Lismore, 15 year old Liberty Bennett.Photo courtesy of the New Camera House in Lismore.
LIBERTY WINS: Winner of Miss Country Girl Lismore, 15 year old Liberty Bennett.Photo courtesy of the New Camera House in Lismore.

THE CHANCE to meet face-to-face with recruiters for a top Sydney modelling agency prompted more than a hundred Northern Rivers girls to enter the Miss Country Girl Australia titles, held at Lismore Shopping Square last weekend.

It's a national model search, focusing on rural and regional areas across Australia. In the 8-12 years division, girls did their little turn on the catwalk competing for the crown of Miss Country Girl Junior champion.

The stakes were higher for girls aged 13 to 28 - a real opportunity to impress Sydney's CHIC modelling management agency, and maybe get signed up alongside CHIC superstars like Miranda Kerr and Abbey-Lee Kershaw.

Winner Liberty Bennett, 15, of Lismore was chosen because of her confidence and presentation, according to the Chubby Fashionista, blogger and Lismore Shopping Square marketing manager, Mel Carrero.

"Liberty was lovely and clearly not expecting to win at all," Mel said.

"But she had that essential grace and style. She's only 15, and a bit of an Amazon, being very tall - which can get you a long way in modelling."

Mel said the competition attracted young people from all over the Northern Rivers and beyond, with an interest in modelling or the entertaiunment industry.

As well as choosing a junior champion and overall winner, each regional area has "wild cards" among the finalists, whose photos get sent to CHIC, Scoop and other modelling agencies. Several of the wild cards from around Australia will also get the call to go to Sydney for an interview.

"We're expecting we might get one or even two wild cards chosen from Lismore," Mel said.

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