SAY hello to Lennox Head’s Kelsey Martinovich.

Kelsey is out to prove once and for all that the most model-worthy women live on the Northern Rivers, as she vies to become Australia’s next top model.

Viewers of the latest version of the Fox 8 TV series, Australia’s Next Top Model, were introduced to Kelsey for the first time last night as part of the series opener.

For the next few months, 19-year-old Kelsey and 15 other hopefuls, aged between 16 and 20, will strut their stuff in an effort to impress hardened industry veterans to show they have what it takes to survive the catwalk.

Kelsey’s mother Michelle was one of the viewers glued to the show’s opening episode last night.

Speaking to The Northern Star yesterday, Michelle admitted to a mix of emotions as Kelsey stepped up to fly the fashion flag for Lennox Head.

“I’m nervous. All of Australia is going to be watching my little girl,” she said.

“But I’m really excited for her. I’m so proud of her.”

While Kelsey was flat out yesterday preparing for the show’s premiere, mum Michelle reported her daughter had been embracing the opportunity to further her career.

“She’s enjoying every moment of it,” she said.

After moving from Western Australia when she was three, Kelsey attended Lennox Primary School and Xavier Catholic College.

Michelle said Kelsey’s favourite classes during school were drama, photography and art, which will hopefully give her a head start coming to grips with the demands of the industry.

Kelsey relocated to Sydney after school, auditioning for Top Model, and impressing designer and show judge Alex Perry enough to survive the brutal first round cut.

“She’s always been interested in it,” Michelle said.

After a four-week wait, Kelsey progressed to the next round, before making it to the final 16.

Now she’ll need to wow the judges for a few months, in the hope show viewers, who get the final say on the series winner, will give her the thumbs up.

If Kelsey takes out the series, she will be picked up by modelling agency Priscilla’s, and feature in a campaign for jeans brand Levi’s.

A trip to New York also awaits the winner, as well as an eight-page photo shoot for Harpers Bazaar Australia.

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