HER idols include supermodels Miranda Kerr and Jennifer Hawkins, and now Canberra College student Chloe Granger is one step closer to following in their well-heeled tracks.
The year 11 student will be judged in four categories: personal interviews, photo presentation, swimwear and evening gown.
The winner’s prizes include modelling and television opportunities, becoming the brand ambassador for Madison Watches, chances to get involved with charity, a dress by designer Amy Taylor, NAK hair care products and more.
Chloe, the only finalist from the ACT, says she’d like to use the exposure to raise money for The Cancer Council, a cause close to her heart after her aunt and grandmother recently passed away from the disease.
“I think it’s good to do other things outside of the pageant and the beauty side of things, to help people and make a difference,” Chloe says.
To prepare for the competition, Chloe has been watching Miss Universe competitions and beauty pageants for inspiration.
“From watching the previous competitions, I think it’s important to be confident and don’t say ‘um’ too much when talking,” she says. “To be the winner, it’s about more than looks. It’s about personality and charisma.”
Chloe says she was inspired to take up modelling last year after seeing models such as Miranda Kerr launch their careers at a young age.
Kerr was only 13 when she won the “Dolly” magazine modelling competition.
“Miranda’s career would be my ideal career, it would be amazing,” Chloe gushes.
“She’s become more than a model… she always has a cause and wants to help others, and that’s important.”
Chloe’s parents will travel to Fiji to cheer her on – “although dad is more excited about the holiday,” says Chloe.
Mum Megan says she was initially worried about her daughter modelling, but changed her mind after Chloe decided to try out a week-long modelling course with a friend.
“She was just glowing afterwards, she was so happy and confident, and I thought why should I deny her that,” she says.
“I was quite shy as a teenager, and seeing Chloe know what she wants to do and grab it with both hands, is just fantastic.”
Outside of modelling and school, Chloe also takes dancing classes.
She hopes the Miss Teen competition will help her reach national and international success, like 2006 Miss Teen people’s choice winner Rachael Finch, who went on to be crowned Miss Universe Australia.
“I think it’s going to be a really good experience for me,” Chloe says.
“Modelling is so much fun. It’s a hard industry, so I just want to see what happens and where it could take me.”
The Miss Teen Australia finals will be held at the Pearl South Pacific Resort and Spa in Fiji on June 12-14.