Young models take road to discovery



AT ONLY 16, North Rockhampton teenager Karlee Dunnett is almost a modelling veteran.

Having modelled since she was eight, Karlee is now looking forward to her biggest competition yet when she heads to the Townsville Fashion Bash in mid April.

She is one of seven young models from the Rockhampton and Yeppoon areas who are travelling to the big event together.

"I'm entering the young model challenge ... my dance teacher (Julie Tickner) also runs LA Modelling and she encouraged me to enter,'' Karlee said.

"I have a very strong bond with the other girls and guys that are going up and we always have a good time together.''

The three-day competition is judged on evening wear, casual wear and swimwear and prizes include cash, photo shoots and modelling courses.

"I am not sure how I will go, I am probably a bit on the short side but I'm sure it will be a great experience,'' Karlee said.

Mrs Tickner , whose daughters Hollie and Chloe are competing, said the Fashion Bash offered emerging models a "great chance'' to be discovered by Australian talent scouts.

These include deportment guru Pam Tamblyn and representatives from fashion chain Supre.

Mrs Tickner said the journey to Townsville by road meant the young models would be away for six days.

"It's a long trip but we always have a lot of fun,'' she said.



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