World’s a stage for Chanel
COFFS Harbour model Chanel Stewart is in the running to be crowned Miss Universe Australia at the competition final in June.
The former Bishop Druitt College student excelled in both the preliminary round and last week's state final to make it to the pointy end of the pageant.
Nineteen-year-old Chanel has been modelling full time since moving to Sydney 12 months ago, and said being part of the competition had allowed her to diversify her skills.
"I feel like I've already got that confidence and experience with photo shoots," Chanel said.
"But the questionnaire and getting up to date with current issues, learning to speak publicly and to be confident in front of a crowd is definitely something I've learnt."
The pageant final, where contestants will be judged on swimwear, evening wear and the notoriously difficult question-and-answer component, will take place at Melbourne's Sofitel on Collins on June 5.
Chanel's modelling career has taken off and now she is being offered full time work, further study is on the backburner.
"I moved down to Sydney when I was 18 and pretty much went into the agency and met them and they signed me right away," she said. "I was initially only going to do it for a year because I was going to go to university, but now I've really enjoyed it and the prospect of going overseas has pushed university back a few more years."
Although Chanel has international modelling in her sights, her focus now is on the upcoming competition final.
"I'm looking to go overseas so that's in the pipeline for the future, but we'll see what happens with Miss Universe and where that takes me," she said.
The winner of Miss Universe Australia will represent the country at the next international Miss Universe pageant.