Fresh-faced Yarroweyah teenager Indyanna-Rose Ciccone has seen records tumble around her at the Australian International Beauty Pageant in Sydney recently.
Indyanna-Rose, 14, was the youngest contestant in the Miss Teen section and became the first teenager to win the pageant’s highest award, the International Ambassador Award.
‘‘The International Ambassador Award means you are an ambassador for the whole pageant instead of representing just one category,’’ Indyanna-Rose said.
‘‘It is normally meant for an older woman, so it was pretty unexpected but really exciting.’’
The judges decide this award based on the way contestants act and present themselves. Indyanna-Rose’s work with charity organisation Aussie Helpers contributed to her success.
There to cheer her on was a crew of about 20 family members.
Her grandfather Angelo said he enjoyed going to the pageants and watching Indyanna-Rose’s progress.
He said he particularly liked the part of the pageant where each contestant had to answer a series of questions.
There is a list of questions that each participant is given but they are not told which ones they will be asked.
Indyanna-Rose was asked what she would change in the world if she had the power to do so.
She said she would make everybody equal in terms of race, gender and religion.
The Year 8 student hopes to one day become an orthopaedic surgeon, but for now she is enjoying competing in pageants.
She said the experience was fantastic and praised the other women at the pageant for their support.
“All the girls there were so friendly and we got to know each other really well, which was nice,’’ she said.
‘‘They were all so happy with who they are, which was really inspiring.’’
Indyanna-Rose will travel to the US in July in her role as international ambassador.