First Rocky, next Gold Coast then Las Vegas
ROCKHAMPTON model Courtney Dunnett is strutting her way towards a bumper 2006.
The 19-year-old is set to represent Strutters Nightclub in the Miss Hawaiian Tropic International competition to be held on the Gold Coast in March.
She beat nine other girls in the local leg of the competition held at the nightclub to earn the right to compete in the Australia-wide event. "On the night of the final, the crowd was awesome,'' the experienced model said.
"I'd like to thank the sponsors of the night.''
Jodi Graff and Kendall Olive were second and third in the local competition respectively.
Ms Dunnett will now go up against 23 other beauties from around Australia for the chance to compete at the international competition in Las Vegas.
However, Rockhampton's own Miss Hawaiian Tropic is not nervous.
"I've danced since I was five,'' she said.
"So I'm used to the stage.
"We also do a lot of fashion parades with the company (LA Modelling) I model with.''
The Rockhampton City Council employee will perform a sports routine, a swimwear routine and various numbers with other finalists.
She said she was looking forward to the experience of the no- toriously tough competition.
"I can't wait,'' Ms Dunnett said.
"I got second place in Miss Formula and Miss Indy.
"Now I have finally gotten to the top.''
The beauty is particularly interested in gaining experience in the promotional side associated with the level of modelling at Miss Hawaiian Tropic.
However, she said not all entrants were there to further their modelling career.
"It's a lot of fun, you don't have to be competitive,'' the teenager said.
"There's a lot of girls who go into it just to have fun and have a ball.''
Ms Dunnett said she ignored people who sterotyped models, and instead tried to focus on meeting new people and enjoying the moment.
Finals will be held on March 18.