Aspiring model a standout
JESSICA Seary's natural beauty and kind heart saw her edge out the competition to be crowned Miss Country Girl on Saturday.
The stunning Tenterfield teenager seemed genuinely shocked about taking out the regional title in this year's model search at Rose City Shoppingworld.
"I can't believe I won. I did not expect this at all," she said.
This year was the second time the 15-year-old had competed in the quest.
She said she had wanted to make her mark on the catwalk for as long as she could remember.
"I have always wanted to get into modelling. I want to be just like Miranda Kerr," she said.
"This has been so much fun and it is a great way to gain confidence and meet the other girls."
She will travel to Sydney later this year to compete for the national title.
One of the judges, Rose City Shoppingworld marketing manager Stevie McGregor, said Jessica was more than just a pretty face.
"There are a lot of beautiful girls here but Jessica is the whole package," she said.
"She has a great natural look and she was beautiful backstage as well."
Mrs McGregor thanked all the girls for entering.
Chantelle Cameron and Natalie Phillips were named wild cards and are still in with a chance to compete at the nationals.
Best friends Tiah Helyer and Kieley West travelled from the Gold Coast and took out first and second place respectively in the junior section.