Cobram resident Indyanna-Rose Ciccone has become a national finalist in the coveted Australian Continents Pageant, in the Miss Teen section of the competition.
The young model said she was blown away by news of her inclusion.
‘‘I was surprised, because I didn’t know Mum had entered me for this,’’ Indy said.
‘‘I watch all the international and national pageants from all over the world and I thought I would never be able to get into one of those,’’ she said.
‘‘But when I got in, I was just very excited.’’
Indyanna-Rose said her mother used to watch the pageants a lot and seeing them herself was an inspiration.
‘‘I just decided I wanted to be one of those girls.’’
The selection process involved community fundraising efforts and appearances at different events.
At a national level the areas of competition are evening gown, fashion wear, swimsuit and interview, with judges seeking a self-confident girl with a dynamic background and leadership in community service.
‘‘I’ve got my sponsor, Brennan Edgar from Edgar Insurance,’’ Indy said.
‘‘We do events such as arranging a barbecue or school events and we meet people and raise money for charity — my nominated charities are the Children’s Cancer Centre at Westmead and Teal Wings of Hope.’’
What are her expectations for the first big pageant, which will be held in Sydney on November 4?
‘‘I expect it to be chaotic, exciting — and a lot of fun.’’
Family involvement is an essential part of such an effort, arranging fundraising and accompanying her during the several days of the final in Sydney, which in turn could lead to bigger things.
‘‘You can do many other things apart from modelling,’’ Indy said.
‘‘When you are involved in a pageant it teaches you to be polite and confident and that you can stand out — you don’t have to be the same as everybody else.
‘‘When I was younger I wanted to be an actor, but after I modelled for Rip Curl, Neon Dancewear and DJ Jazzy Clothing at Kids Fashion Meets Music, in Melbourne in July at Luna Park, I found a passion for modelling that wasn’t there before.
‘‘A modelling career could take me to many places, including overseas.’’
Indyanna-Rose’s next modelling gig will be a casting for Kidz Fashion Week on September 1.
And all this excitement at just 12 years of age — Indyanna-Rose will celebrate her 13th birthday on August 20.