Gentle shove pushes Jodie into the limelight
By MARY MANN firstname.lastname@example.org BOSSY mates helped 19-year-old Jodie Mill rake in about $2000 in prizes at the Lismore Cup Fashions on the Field competition on Saturday.
As she left the stage after being announced the winner, a swarm of giggling girls screaming Jodie's name jumped on her for a big, group hug.
"Oh my god! You've won! You're so gorgeous," one of them screamed.
Jodie, of Rous Mill, had not wanted to enter the competition because she thought she did not have a chance at winning.
But her friends told her she should, so she went for it. "I'm glad they made me enter," Jodie said.
"All the other girls were just as beautiful, I guess it was my smile. I just stood up there and kept smiling, and I won!"
Jodie wore a bone-coloured, lace dress with black high-heels and a matching hat.
Nick Harrison, chief judge and organiser of The Northern Star Fashions on the Field competition, said he was impressed with the standard.
About 140 people entered in four categories this year. It was the first time the Best Male category was held at the Lismore Cup, he said.
"And we had 20 male entries, 10 of which were of a particularly high standard," he said.
Winners were: ! n Best female: Jodie Green, of Rous Mill. ! n Best hat: Michelle Gooley, of Lismore. ! n Best couple: Lyn and Garry Orchard, of Goonellabah. ! n Best male: Rani Hewson, of Dorroughby.