City beauty set to take on world in pageant
JESSICA Laughton Smith has proved she's more than just a pretty face.
The East Ipswich university student has made it through to the national finals of the Miss World Australia pageant.
The 22-year-old was recently chosen as a wild card contestant in the competition.
"I competed in the state finals last month, but unfortunately didn't make it through," she said.
"However there was still a wild card spot available to one more girl from each state who best embodied the pageant's theme of 'beauty with a purpose'.
"I felt that I still had more to give to the competition and continued on with my fundraising efforts for Variety the Children's Charity."
Miss Laughton Smith said she was delighted when told she had won the wild card spot.
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"Beauty with a purpose is all about being more than just a pretty face," she said.
"Pageants have a reputation for focusing on appearances but Miss World showcases women who have passion and are committed to using their influence for good.
"To be recognised as one of those women is the most amazing feeling."
Miss Laughton Smith will now compete in the national finals this Sunday at the Crowing Gala held in the Hunter Valley.
Prior to the event, all contestants will take part in a two-day workshop hosted by pageant coach Peter Sereno.
Miss Laughton Smith said she was determined not to squander her second chance and planned to give the competition her all.
If she is crowned the winner, she will represent Australia against more than 120 other countries at the annual Miss World final.