Byron babes' universal quest
A PAIR of Byron Shire beauties willrepresent their State tonight in thefinals of the Miss Universe Australia competition in Sydney.
Rique Sharman and Elisha Yarrington are among nine young women from NSW who will be among a total 30 from across the country hoping to snare the coveted title.
Rique, 22, was born and bred in Byron and her family still lives in Bangalow.
She moved to Bondi in Sydney last year to pursue her modelling career.
When the exhausting demands of the contest are finished, Rique thinks she'd like to come home for a restorative holiday.
Yesterday she came to the end of three days of rehearsals for tonight's show – including learning the drills needed to co-ordinate 30 girls in swimwear, ball gown and cocktail dress sections.
Rique entered the event last year, but said she was under-prepared.
“I learned a lot last year and have been focusing on getting myself ready for this,” she said.
As a result, she said she was ‘pretty confident'.
Rique said she brought ‘typical Aussie girl' qualities to the contest.
“I grew up on the beach, did life saving, and have that fresh, uncomplicated approach to life,” she said.
Elisha, also 22, is also proud of her Byron heritage, which she said had given her a strong connection to nature.
“I am very excited to have made it this far,” Elisha said.
“It's a great platform for Australian women to voice opinions and beliefs about certain issues and topics.
“It's also an amazing opportunity to launch a career, meet someincredible people and travel,” she said.