OH, WHAT A FEELING: SCU student Therese Ovidi, 18, who is in the running for Miss Earth Australia. Picture: JACKLYN WAGNER
OH, WHAT A FEELING: SCU student Therese Ovidi, 18, who is in the running for Miss Earth Australia. Picture: JACKLYN WAGNER

Therese helping make world a beautiful place

By EMMA O'NEILL

IT'S HARD to tell if wearing stilettos will minimise your carbon footprint.

However, combining beauty with environmental conservation is exactly what 18-year-old Lismore resident Therese Ovidi plans to do.

The second-year media student at Southern Cross University in Lismore was recently named as one of 30 finalists in the Miss Earth Australia competition, which will be held in September.

The winner will be judged on their knowledge of environmental issues, public speaking, a display of a talent and their appearance. Therese, who has never modelled before, said she was nervous about sending in photos of herself, but wanted to enter the competition to feel she was doing something to help the environment.

"It's scary to think about the effects of global warming, and that all the crazy weather we've been having in the area has to have something to do with it," she said.

"I'm originally from Sydney and live near the beach, so it's scary to think my house could be under water in the future if we don't do anything about global warming."

Therese hoped that by having a beauty pageant which focused on environmental issues, a larger audience would be exposed to the problem. It's a big audience too the winner of this year's Miss Earth Australia pageant will represent her country at the Miss Earth International pageant. Last year that was watched by 70 million people.

However, Therese said she simply wanted to inspire people to change their daily habits to help the environment.

"I hope I can encourage young kids to become aware of their impact on the environment and do simple things like use an egg timer in the shower or plant trees in their backyard," she said.

In the meantime, Therese will be dividing her time between organising what she'll wear in the swimsuit and evening wear sections, practising her speech and perfecting her walk down the catwalk complete with stylish carbon footprint.



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