A MISSION to spread a body confidence message drove Chantelle Lockett, 19, of Park Ridge to enter Australian Supermodel of the Year 2017, and soon the local teenager will face the challenge of the national competition’s first round.
“I have always wanted to model from a very young age for multiple reasons,” Miss Lockett told the Times.
“I can remember being in awe of the models, clothes and creative industries that make up runway shows and editorial images,” she said.
“It is just magical to see so many creative minds and artists come together to create something beautiful for everyone to enjoy.
“As I matured I knew I wanted to be apart of something so incredible and I made it my mission to spread the message about body confidence and self love along the way!”
Ms Lockett heard about Australian Supermodel of the Year through fellow Canterbury College alumni Tayla Pearson.
“Tayla had recently competed herself and placed runner up, which was an amazing achievement!” she said.
“I had also seen Australian Supermodel of the Year’s multiple social media pages which allowed me to gain further insight into the competition.”
To prepare for her application, Ms Lockett had to provide varied information on herself, such as her measurements, aspirations and photographs.
“These were then sent through as my application in hopes for gaining entry into the local audition rounds, which I achieved!” she said.
The next stage of the program will be held from September in Brisbane.
“I am really excited and humbled to be given such an amazing opportunity,” Ms Lockett said.
“I anticipate that the competition will create a platform in which other youth are inspired to peruse their own dreams and journeys.
“I believe that this competition will open doors for self confidence and positive body image not just for myself but hopefully the wider community,” she said.
Ms Lockett said it means a lot to represent her home town of 12 years at a national event, and she is keen to pass a positive message on to other local young people.
“The Park Ridge community is absolutely amazing and I am so honoured to have their support.
“Something that plagues my generation is stereotypes of beauty,” she said.
“Throughout my life I've been told that I am too short, I do not have the right look, I can't possibly do it and finally that I'll never make it.
“I am here to show every girl and boy who has ever been put down or discouraged from a dream that it is definitely possible.
“I cannot wait to see what this journey brings,” she said.