Beauty more than skin deep
GYMPIE girl Michaela Dodt shone as she walked the runway for the Australian final of the Woman's Day Miss Country Girl.
While she did not place in the top three, Michaela still hopes to pursue a career in modelling, but for now will focus on her studies.
At 14-years-old and standing 180cm tall, there is no doubt Michaela is equipped to take on the competitive world of modelling.
She advanced to the final after winning the Maryborough round of the competition in October and flew to Sydney for the finals on December 3 to compete for the major prize of a modelling contract with Scoop Management and a four-page fashion spread in Woman's Day.
The event was held at Sydney Harbour on board the Bella Vista cruise ship.
"I didn't win, but it was a fantastic experience. I met so many lovely girls - they were all gorgeous. It just wasn't my time."
After all the Miss Country Girl hype, the St Patrick's College student plans to kick back and enjoy her school holidays before starting Year 10 next year.
"I'll keep an eye out for modelling jobs and competitions and go from there," she said.
When asked what she learned from the experience, Michaela said she gained more confidence.
"You won't get anywhere without it. And I also learned it's important to enjoy yourself - definitely."
There was one moment that took a lot of confidence.
Michaela's heel got caught on the carpet, but she recovered from that pretty quickly like a seasoned model.