Determination gives Janaya shot at achieving modelling dream
AT 165 centimetres tall, East Lismore model Janaya Everingham didn't think she was catwalk material.
The 19-year-old NORPA front of house manager followed her mother's sage advice after failing to score a spot in the Miss Country Girl Australia finals after taking part in the Lismore competition last year.
"Mum told me to just to forget about it, and so I did," she said.
So when the Richmond River High graduate found out she made the cut as a wildcard entrant in the Miss Country Girl Australia finals this week she was stunned.
"I've been competing in Miss Country Girl competitions for the last three years without a win," she explained. "I decided this year would be my last.
"I'm only 165 centimetres which is quite short for a model, but I never gave up. I just hoped the judges were looking for something different."
Janaya will be joining fellow Lismore wildcard entrant Kahli Brock along with the Country Girl Lismore winner Melissa King at the nationals in the Gold Coast in June.
"Although I live in East Lismore, I grew up on farms in Dunoon and Tullera and I am a country girl at heart," she said.
"I think the competition is a great opportunity as it gives regional girls the rare opportunity to be exposed to the top modelling agencies.
"I'm not going there to win, I'm going there to meet the other girls and to take part in the four-day model workshops. A win would be a bonus."
The bubbly teen's biggest challenge for the next few weeks is finding the perfect pair of heels.
"I've done a lot of commercial photo shoots but I don't have a lot of experience on the catwalk so I need a pair that I can walk well in," she said.
Janaya will compete alongside girls from regional Australia in the bikini, casual, formal and cocktail categories.
"I might even wear my Year 12 formal dress. We'll see," she said.
Supermodel and Victoria Secret model Miranda Kerr got her start in Miss Country Girl Australia while growing up in Gunnedah.
Lismore's Liberty Bennett took out the Miss Country Girl Australia tile in 2013.