RED, RED, READY: Liberty Bennett of Alstonville is off to the finals of Miss NSW Country Girl. PHOTO: JACKLYN WAGNER
RED, RED, READY: Liberty Bennett of Alstonville is off to the finals of Miss NSW Country Girl. PHOTO: JACKLYN WAGNER

Liberty’s braced for final

ALSTONVILLE girl Liberty Bennett, 15, has an exciting few days ahead of her.

She was crowned Miss Country Girl Lismore in September and is off to the finals, to be held on Monday and Tuesday in Sydney.

Mum Melissa Bennett, who'll be heading down to Sydney with Liberty on Saturday, said she was extremely proud of her daughter, who she described as a model child - pardon the pun.

While Liberty - 179cm tall and slim with a clear complexion and no need for makeup - may be built for modelling, it's not the case of simply a pretty face.

The Trinity Catholic College Year 10 student said she would love to make a career in modelling, but if that doesn't work out, she'd like to go into medicine.

Mrs Bennett said on Monday the finalists all meet up, before heading to Chic Model Management, where each will have an interview.

Liberty said she would be delighted to receive a contract with Chic, but still had her head firmly on the ground: "I'm fine - if they want me, they want me."

On Tuesday, they have a lunch with industry professionals before the fashion parade and official ceremony that afternoon.

Mrs Bennett said people had been very generous with clothing and accessories for the finals.

Liberty received an evening gown from Lisa Brown, jewellery from Samantha Wills and a Molly and Polly swimsuit to wear at the finals.

Her mentor from Grace School of Modelling and Deportment, Elizabeth Lund had also been very supportive, and will fly to Sydney to support her during the finals.

"If it was not for Elizabeth Lund and Mel Carrero - who I recently did a photo shoot with, I would not have entered Miss Country Girl Australia."

Liberty wasn't going to enter because of her braces, but after some convincing, she signed up - the night before the competition.

And isn't she glad she did.



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