Inara Draper, 8,  will compete against young Australian beauties in the national Indigenous Connections and Aboriginal Model Search.
Inara Draper, 8, will compete against young Australian beauties in the national Indigenous Connections and Aboriginal Model Search.

Young beauty to compete nationally in model search

A TOOWOOMBA girl will compete against young Australian beauties in the national Indigenous Connections and Aboriginal Model Search.

Inara Draper, 8, was announced as a finalist after competing against 40 other contestants at the state finals in Brisbane last month.

The Indigenous Connections and Aboriginal Model Search scours the country to find the next generation of indigenous models.

The Glenvale State School student was excited to represent her tribe, the Gamilaroi People, at the event.

"I was a bit nervous to start with but I was okay after I met some of the other girls," she said.

"When they called my name out first I was so excited. I am really looking forward to the nationals so I can do it all over again."

During the competition, Inara and the other contestants received a professional runway class, focusing on how to walk, talk and present themselves as well as getting put through their paces in a two-hour fitness class.

They showed off their new-found skills in the evening, presenting a fashion show to a judging panel of industry professionals as well as family and friends.

Now that Inara has been named as a national finalist she will travel to Sydney to compete in the Australian-wide model search early next year.

She said she was so happy she took a chance and entered the competition.

"I hadn't done any modelling before. Mum saw this competition advertised and decided to enter me in it," she said.

"I love that I get to wear all the pretty clothes, I get to travel to different places and meet new friends."

Now Inara has got a taste of the industry she said she would like to continue to build her modelling skills.

"I haven't quite decided exactly what I want to be when I'm older but mum and dad have always said education is the key and if I do well at school I can be whatever I choose to be," she said.

"I would like to keep doing some modelling though as I think it's really fun."


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