Jesse jumps at chance to compete
JESSE Heldens loves to compete in the Miss Country Girl competition.
The 13-year-old from Craignish is taking part in the event again this year and says the best part about competing was the opportunity to have fun and meet new people.
It also gave her the opportunity to learn more about the modelling industry because it is a career she would like to pursue when she is a bit older.
She wants to walk the catwalk, do photo shoots and she's also interested in working with animals.
This year's Miss Country Girl competition will start on Thursday, with the first heat to be held at Kingaroy Shoppingworld.
Jesse will have to travel two-and-a-half hours to take part in the event but she doesn't mind.
She has been busy preparing for the event, including practising her walk down the catwalk.
She says she loves living in the country, with its quiet lifestyle and plenty of fresh air.
The winner of the Miss Country Girl event will travel to Sydney to compete at the national finals against other regional qualifiers.
There they will get the chance to compete for modelling contracts and other career opportunities.
Katie Jones, from north west New South Wales came up with the concept in 2009 with the aim of giving girls from regional and rural areas more opportunities.
"I know what it's like growing up as a country girl and the struggles you may face when trying to enter the modelling or entertainment industry so I decided to reach out and help by taking the competition to them," Katie said.
"We see young girls participating in the competition to build their confidence through the catwalk and deportment classes along with interacting with other contestants, making friends, and opening their minds to new and exciting opportunities, this is a fun and friendly competition with no experience needed."