AS WE all know, beautiful people from all over the world flock to visit Byron Bay.

And now it seems as if they come from ‘the Bay’ as well.

Elisha Yarrington is a ravishing example.

The Byron-raised beauty is a finalist in Miss Universe Australia 2010.

Elisha, 23, will go up against 30 others in the national event after winning the State finals in Sydney last weekend.

And as you’d expect from a Byron girl, she is ‘strongly passionate about holistic medicine, nutrition, Eastern philosophy, meditation and yoga’.

Her ultimate goal – even if she does a Jennifer Hawkins and wins on the world stage – is to publish a magazine focusing on these.

Entry into Miss Universe started as a bit of fun, she said.

“But I’m very excited to have made it this far, and now I’ve got my eye on the prize. It’s such a great platform for young women like me to voice their opinions about certain issues,” Elisha said.

“It is also an amazing opportunity to launch a great career, meet incredible people and travel the world.”

She had met some ‘gorgeous girls’ in her journey, she said – ‘down to earth, genuine and beautiful in their individual way’.

Mum Sharon said Elisha was also ‘beautiful on the inside, and that quality shines through’.

Her daughter had been a typical Byron girl, Ms Yarrington said, taking success in her stride.

“When she became Miss Red Bull, we only heard about it afterwards.”

Elisha won a place as one of Red Bull’s ‘La Formula Una’ girls at the Brazilian Grand Prix in 2008.

Currently the Trinity graduate lives at Cronulla in Sydney and is studying for a bachelor degree in communications.

The Miss Universe Australia national finals are on June 17.


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