Top model finalist says thanks
KELSEY MARTINOVICH has sent out a massive ‘thank you' to all her fans and supporters on the Northern Rivers.
The Lennox Head-born beauty became a household name this week when she was bumped out of the No 1 spot as Australia's Next Top Model in the live broadcast finale of the TV series.
The Fox 8 blunder, which saw the public-voted prize snatched away after she had been announced as the winner, put a dampener on the evening for everyone except the most ardent fans of eventual winner, Amanda Ware, of the Gold Coast.
But Kelsey was heroic, showing extraordinary grace under pressure for a 19 year old.
Her first instinct was to congratulate the winner, then comfort Sarah Murdoch, the presenter who made the miscall.
Then she went to reassure her mum, Michelle.
“I was probably more upset than her,” Michelle Martinovich said from her Lennox Head home yesterday.
“People didn't know what to say. They were looking at us, thinking ‘poor parents', and Kelsey came up to me and said ‘it's all right'.”
Her daughter had always been a very caring girl, she said
“We heard so many good things about her from the judges and crew – what fun she was to be around,” Ms Martinovich said.
The week had been a ‘big rollercoaster ride' and Kelsey just wanted to get on with her modelling career.
Yesterday, she was busy doing castings for new jobs.
“She's right back into it; strike while the iron is hot,” Ms Martinovich said.
And while it had been a shock, Kelsey had probably done pretty well out of the misfortune, she said.
She was given a large cash consolation prize and an all-expenses paid trip to New York, possibly along with Amanda, with whom she remains good friends.
“It may have worked in her favour. The story has gone global, her face is out there, and they are expecting big things when they go to New York, with all the paparazzi attention.”
But Ms Martinovich stressed that, amid the whirlwind of emotions and razzmatazz, Kelsey hadn't forgotten her fan base.
“She asked me to pass on her thanks to all the locals for their support, because she knows everyone up here got together to vote for her,” she said.