Dad urges on aspiring model
ASPIRING Warwick model Sakara Bell says her dad is her biggest support group.
"He gave me the idea when I was little and I've wanted to do that ever since," she said.
So when the Warwick State High School student saw the signs in Rose City Shoppingworld promoting the Miss Country Girl Australia modelling competition, she jumped at the opportunity.
The model search encourages girls in regional areas to enter local heats, the winner of which will go on to the next round.
Last year's winner, Karlee O'Donnell, was signed to a model management company alongside Miranda Kerr.
Rose City Shoppingworld will host the heats and grand final on Friday September 30 and Saturday October 1, outside Bi-Lo at 11.30am.
Marketing manager Stevie McGregor said the shopping centre was excited about the competition.
"It's great that girls in regional areas can have the same opportunity girls in the city have, without having to travel to Brisbane," she said.
"We just hope people come down for the heats and support the entrants."
Local entrant Miss Bell, who has already lodged her application, said she would rely on her past modelling experience when she takes to the catwalk at the end of this month.
"I've done other competitions before, including the Girlfriend modelling competition," she said.
"That was crazy - we waited in line for four hours. But it was a good experience."
The junior section is open to girls aged 10 to 13, while the preliminary is open to girls aged 14 to 28.