Brains and poise win
A GROUP of young women from Lismore laid the old saying "beauty is only skin deep" to rest once and for all at the Glam Doll Beauty Pageant.
On Saturday at Lismore Workers Club, 20 of Lismore's vibrant young women strutted their stuff and answered questions for a panel of judges.
The contest had five categories - Miss Lismore, Miss Lismore Princess, Miss Lismore Glamour, Miss Lismore Personality and Miss Lismore Country.
Southern Cross University law student Scout Symons, 20, was crowned Miss Lismore.
She won $1000 for her efforts and presentation.
"I wasn't expecting to win because there were lots of beautiful girls in the competition and I only went in it for a bit of fun," she said.
"It was a big shock but a really nice one."
Ms Symons said she wasn't nervous about answering tough questions in front of the judges.
"Everyone backstage was very nervous but I do a lot of public speaking so I was okay," she said.
"I was just worried about the walking because I'm not that confident in heels and my dress was extremely long.
"I was just trying not to fall."
Ms Symons volunteers regularly for Five Loaves mobile soup kitchen and plans to spend her winnings on new T-shirts for its clients.
Pageant judge Alexandra Katschke said there was much more to the beauty pageant than looks.
"Intelligence is a big thing, how the girls carry themselves, self-confidence and their poise are all important."
Pageant organiser and 2012 Miss Pinup Australia winner Beth Power said young women developed important qualities in the pageant.
"Because we're not the Gold Coast, Brisbane or Sydney, girls here need to learn self-confidence and etiquette and this helps them with that."