Beauty pageant to benefit Lions
THE first beauty pageant in Lismore that fashion and etiquette icon Mary Vidler can recall will raise money for Lions Medical Research.
Fundraising on behalf of Lismore Lions' Miss Personality entrant Beth Power will benefit from the pageant, to be held at the Lismore Workers Club next Saturday starting at 3pm.
Yesterday, 13 of the 21 contestants gathered in Carrington St at Mary Vidler's Bridal Salon, a business now owned by Miss Power's mother, Janelle Power.
Mrs Vidler, who is one of the judges for the pageant, was back in the shop she ran for 50 years.
She was there to talk to the contestants about fashion and teach them some of the seemingly lost art of etiquette.
"I haven't heard of a beauty pageant in Lismore," Mrs Vidler said.
"Of course there's Miss Showgirl, but not a beauty pageant.
"However, I can recall two Miss NSW winners a long time ago.
"Judy Somerville of Tuncester won the title in the 1950s and Joy Williams of Lismore won it in the 1960s."
Miss Power, 20, who runs Glam Doll beauty therapy in Lismore, is organising the pageant.
Afternoon tea will be served and tickets will cost $15, the proceeds and those from a raffle going to Lions Medical Research.
Among the girls lining up for the pageant are Ebony Brewer-Charles and Rachel Goodman.
Ebony, 21, of Lismore, is in the last year of a secondary education degree at Southern Cross University.
"It's a bit out of my comfort zone but it's a great way to meet new people," she said.
Rachel, 22, of Goonellabah, works at Jenny Craig's weight loss centre.
"I'm a bit nervous too, but it's for a really good cause," she said.
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I haven't heard of a beauty pageant in Lismore. Of course there's Miss Showgirl, but not a beauty pageant.
- Mary Vidler