Teen model dreams of a life by the sea
SHE'S laidback, easy going, and dreams of a career by the ocean.
But things are about to heat up for Gladstone girl Josie McAullay, who is off to compete against 79 other models in Australia in the Miss Country Girl Australia Competition on September 26.
The 16-year-old won the preliminary Miss Country Girl regionals in Gladstone last year, and has fast tracked her way into the nationals.
As well as the stress of being a Year 12 student at State High School, she works two jobs, at the Lightbox and McDonald's.
She spends her spare time prepping for the comp, practising her make-up, catwalk, and doing photo shoots.
"I first got into modelling when Runway7 approached me and asked if I would model for their business," Josie said.
"And then when Miss Country came around to Gladstone for the first time.
"It was pretty cool, that I got picked to go straight to nationals. I have had to learn how to do make-up, I never really wear it at all."
But the thought of herself up against 79 other hopefuls makes her nervous, Josie confided.
"I'm pretty laidback and I'm definitely not a competitive kind of girl," she said,
"I'm mostly just looking forward to meeting all of the other girls, it's going to be a lot of fun.
"And the experience will be good, from people I know that been before, I have heard you're learning new stuff the whole time."
The born and bred Gladstone girl dreams to one day be a skipper of boats, but said having a career as a model would also be "pretty awesome".
"There will be scouts from big agencies at the event," she said.
"One of the agencies, Chic Management, has trained models like Miranda Kerr.
"Coming first place would mean being signed to an agency like that."
Miss Country Girl Australia will be coming to Gladstone to scout for models September 18.
Josie is encouraging any girls who would like to give it a go, to email her for details at firstname.lastname@example.org or to message her on Facebook.