Gympie’s next top model Annie Potter has a good chance of being crowned Miss Country Girl Australia at the final in Sydney this November.
Gympie’s next top model Annie Potter has a good chance of being crowned Miss Country Girl Australia at the final in Sydney this November. Contributed

Beauty more than skin deep

MODEL daughter and student Annie Potter will rely on all her qualities when she competes in the Miss Country Girl Australia grand final in Sydney this November.

The conscientious St Patrick’s College senior won the chance to compete for the crown by impressing judges at the preliminary final held in Gympie with her “great features” and an ability to take direction.

Miss Potter, 16, was selected from 40 hopefuls who strutted their stuff in three regional heats and a final held at Centro shopping centre over the past four weeks.

Not bad for a girl who had never modelled before, especially considering she was up against girls who “followed the circuit” and modelled professionally, said proud mum Jane.

“I didn’t think I would win,” Miss Potter admitted. “When I did I was quite chuffed — I’d never been on a catwalk before.”

The opportunity to be “picked up” by a modelling agency while in Sydney has Miss Potter eager to embark on a modelling career and follow her dreams of jet setting around the globe for fashion shoots and shows.

And she’s off to a flying start by winning the first modelling competition she entered.

Miss Country Girl Australia Queensland director Sally Miles said Annie had a good chance in Sydney.

“Annie picked up on the modelling techniques and the tips we gave her really quickly,” she said.

“Plus she has great features that we think would really please the European market for high fashion.”

Miss Potter thanked Ms Miles for the valuable advice she was given during the Gympie final and said she was grateful to all the local sponsors (Centro businesses) that donated all her prizes.

“I want to thank them for helping to make this competition in Gympie possible,” she said.

Miss Country Girl Australia is a model search sponsored by Miss Universe Australia for the purpose of scouting new talent for a variety of modelling contracts.

Ms Miles said she would be mentoring all eight Queensland finalists during the four-day event in Sydney, with the girls attending styling and make-up workshops, photo sessions and crash courses in dealing with the media in the days leading up to the final event, held on a Sydney Harbour cruise ship.

Jane Potter said it was going to take a community effort to get her daughter to Sydney and thanked sponsors Petticoat Junction and Saddleworld for already coming onboard.

“We are looking for more sponsors and Heritage Building Society has opened a bank account in Annie’s name if anyone wants to contribute to costs,” she said.

Gympie Times


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