Beauty can't just be skin deep for showgirls
GONE are the days of beauty pageants. To succeed as a showgirl now you need brains, not just looks.
And according to Louise Gooding, that is just what the entrants in this year's Alstonville Agricultural Society's showgirl competition are being grilled on.
The showgirl competition judge said the entrants' knowledge of local and world events, their passion for the community, their view on why agricultural shows were important, as well as their presentation and diction would all be under the spotlight in the lead-up to this weekend's show.
“Showgirl competitions have moved away from being just a beauty pageant,” Mrs Gooding said.
“These days they are more about how much the entrants do for the local community.
“It is about their passion for their community and getting involved in the show.
“The winners will go on to represent Alstonville at the Royal Easter Show, so we take that into account when we are judging because we want a good representation of our community.”
The other showgirl judges are Mrs Gooding's husband Kynan, both of the Bank of Queensland in Ballina, and Christine Gallagher, of Alstonville Buslines.
The trio has conducted interviews with the entrants and will also judge them at a social event on Friday, as well as at a luncheon at the show this weekend.
This year marks the 120th birthday of the Alstonville Show.
It is set to be the biggest ever, to be held over three days instead of two, starting on Friday.