Million-dollar smiles and bikinis par for course at festival

Million dollar looks aplenty with Brittany Lester (left) and face of the Gold Coast Swim Fashion Festival Samantha Harris getting ready for the Gold Coast Bulletin Bikini Parade 2013 at Circle on Cavill, Surfers Paradise.
Million dollar looks aplenty with Brittany Lester (left) and face of the Gold Coast Swim Fashion Festival Samantha Harris getting ready for the Gold Coast Bulletin Bikini Parade 2013 at Circle on Cavill, Surfers Paradise. John Pryke

WORKING with a supermodel with a million dollar smile, not to mention a million dollar bikini, is keeping Brittany Lester run off her feet.

Rockhampton model Brittany is busy working behind the scenes at the Gold Coast Swim Fashion Festival, which includes a swim model search.

But the thing keeping her the busiest has been signing up people to take part in the Gold Coast Bikini Parade on November 30, an attempt to break the Guinness World Record attempt for the largest parade.

"We have entrants from two years of age up to 80," Brittany said.

No stranger to strutting her stuff in a bikini, Brittany took part in the Miss V8 Supercars in 2010, which is where she made the contacts to be involved in the festival.

"Instead of being in the limelight, like I was with Miss V8 Supercars, I will be backstage organising the girls, ready for the show for the fashion festival.

"It will be a completely different scene to what I am used to, or what I have done before, but I am really looking forward to the experience."

Samantha Harris, the face of the festival, will make a special appearance in a million dollar jewelled swimsuit, designed by award winning jeweller Ann Middleton and Sunseeker, during the swim and resort wear show.

"She is lovely and very quietly spoken," Brittany said. "I can't wait to see the one million dollar diamond swimsuit Sam will be modelling on the day.

"What girl doesn't like diamonds."

Festival events:

Sunseeker Swim Model Spectacular

Special appearance by Samantha Harris

Date: November 28, 6pm

Location: Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa

Ticket Price: $95

Opening Fashion Show Poolside Cocktail Party

Date: November 29, 6pm

Location: Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa

Ticket Price: $95

Gold Coast Bikini Parade

1058 ladies needed to get the record back from China.

Date: November 30, 9am get wrist bands at Soul, noon event starts.

Location: Surfers Paradise Beach

Entry fee: $25 Under 16: $15

Bikini Parade VIP Viewing

The Guinness World Record Attempt, preliminary judging for the Student and Emerging Designer Awards.

Date: November 30, 11.30am

Location: Surfers Paradise Surf Life Saving Club, Surfers Paradise Beach

Ticket Price: $50.

Student and Emerging Designer Preliminary Judging

Date: Saturday, November 30, 2-3pm

Location: Beach Stage, Surfers Paradise Beach

Moet & Chandon Gala Awards Luncheon

Fashion show showcasing the best labels in swim and resort wear in Australia.

Date: December 1, 12.30pm

Location: Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa

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