FABULOUS FEELING: Models try out for a spot in the Coca-Cola beach advertisement at Shelly Beach, Ballina, yesterday.
FABULOUS FEELING: Models try out for a spot in the Coca-Cola beach advertisement at Shelly Beach, Ballina, yesterday.

Thing?s going better, thanks to Coke promo

By DAWN COHEN

WHILE Jaya Azzopardi weighs up an offer of a jockey apprenticeship in Tamworth, Coca-Cola is considering the young model for a new poster campaign in Byron Bay.

The 17-year-old Mullumbimby girl has been shortlisted for the campaign to be shot in Byron Bay on Monday.

Charmaine Gilchrist Casting and Model Management put the Mullumbimby High student and 39 other hopefuls through their paces at Ballina's Shelly Beach yesterday. Two males and two females will be selected.

Ms Gilchrist runs the only casting agency on the Far North Coast. "Modelling gives you confidence and lots of contacts," she said.

Lydia Ryder, from Lennox Head, is one of Ms Gilchrist's most sought-after talents.

"I have done some alcohol promotions, and a few months ago I was a finalist in the North Coast Miss Bikini World Competition," she said.

The 18-year-old Alstonville High student is planning a career in natural medicine, but wants to model as much as possible.

"You meet great people and you get pampered. You start one job, and it leads to others," she said.

In contrast, Jaya Azzopardi prefers riding horses to modelling.

"The clothes are fun though," she said.

Jaya's mother, Claudia, encouraged her daughter to take up modelling.

"I think she is beautiful, but maybe I am biased," she said at the Shelly Beach casting yesterday.

What does Claudia feel about her daughter becoming a jockey?

"I will support Jaya, whatever she chooses. A happy person follows her heart," she said.



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