Anthony Vidler, representing Rockhampton, during a swimwear photo shoot at the Manhunt Australia nationals in Darwin.
Anthony Vidler, representing Rockhampton, during a swimwear photo shoot at the Manhunt Australia nationals in Darwin. Supplied

Hunk back home after hunt

ANTHONY Vidler was treated like a celebrity when he traded the Beef Capital for Darwin last week.

He attended flashy VIP parties, competed in four judging sessions and rubbed shoulders with some of Australia’s high-flying fashion gurus.

The 27-year-old stepped back into reality on Monday after spending the week living it up with 16 other sizzling hot finalist’s for the Manhunt Australia National Final in Darwin.

Anthony represented Rockhampton after competing in the city’s first male model competition at Strutters Nightclub.

Manhunt Australia is the search for an up-and-coming male model who has everything a woman could desire – great looks, personality, charm and a well-defined physique.

Anthony, who originally entered the competition for a bit of fun, was put in front of the camera for the first time and strutted his stuff on the catwalk in Darwin.

While he didn’t secure a top spot, he described the competition as an “eye-opening experience”.

“We learnt a lot about the modelling industry and how to present ourselves on stage,” Anthony said.

Away from the catwalk, Anthony said the parties were a highlight of the week.

“I had a blast and even though I was thrown in the deep end, it was well worth the experience. I thank the guys at work (Rockhampton Fitness Centre) for supporting me,” he said.

The laid-back Rocky bloke said during the action-packed week they mingled with the ladies and were involved in promotion work as well as a swimwear presentation on stage.

The finalists from all over Australia competed in four judging sessions incorporating an interview, photographic, swimwear and evening wear judging, which also included a special Tom Cruise-themed section.

They attended VIP parties and all culminated at the Discovery Nightclub for the big night last Thursday.

Taking out Mister Australia was Alex Biffin of Cairns.

The entertainer had the ladies in a screaming frenzy with his routines on the big night including whip-cracking during his swimwear judging.

Anthony said by the end of the week, although he couldn’t see himself as a supermodel, he would consider modelling in the future.



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