Tieri girl's sights on model career
SHE may be from a small mining town, but Shannon Ryan has big dreams.
The 17-year-old, from Tieri, has a keen interest in modelling and has just been named in the top 50 finalists of the Miss Teen Australia Competition.
Miss Teen Australia is known as the biggest beauty pageant in the Southern Hemisphere and showcases Australia's young women, aged between 13 and 17.
The winner of the competition will become a role model for teens and a leader in setting high standards of excellence in honesty and integrity.
Shannon said she was excited to be in the top 50 and looked forward to meeting new people within the modelling and fashion industry.
“I would love a Queensland girl to take out the title of Miss Teen Australia, especially girls like myself who are from a small town and don't get as many opportunities to succeed within the industry,” she said.
She said she felt privileged to have the chance of becoming Miss Teen Australia.
Shannon started modelling in 2007 when she entered the Townsville Fashion Bash and went on to compete in numerous competitions and complete several modelling courses.
She has also gained work experience from a modelling agency in Brisbane.
“The competition is going to be a great experience for me and has the possibility to open many doors within my modelling career,” she said.
Shannon said her priority at the moment was to finish school and complete a university degree in journalism or public relations and sign with a modelling agency.
Shannon joins Danielle Parry from Yeppoon who is also a finalist in the competition.
Yeppoon's Hollie Tickner was awarded the Miss Teen Australia people's choice award in 2005 and this year's Miss Universe Australia Rachel Finch also won the title in 2006.