Madilyn Wolens, of North Ipswich, will compete in the Girlfriend Rimmel Model Search tomorrow.
Madilyn Wolens, of North Ipswich, will compete in the Girlfriend Rimmel Model Search tomorrow. Rob Williams

Madilyn graces catwalk before exam

MADILYN Wolens' plans to party at the Ipswich Cup tomorrow have been shelved.

Instead the aspiring model will be chasing her career ambitions, both on the catwalk and as a nursing student.

In the morning, the 19-year-old will compete in the 22nd annual Girlfriend Rimmel Model Search at Westfield Chermside, Brisbane.

Then at 2pm, when she was hoping to be stunning racegoers at Cup Day celebrations in a new dress, she's scheduled to sit an anatomy exam.

"I've always wanted to be a model," Ms Wolens said.

"I just love the fashion, hair and make-up.

"I love the catwalk and photos are great. It's a good keepsake to have.

"There's not much modelling work out there though.

"It's a very hard industry to break into."

Ms Wolens has had some success with modelling work and in competitions.

She was a senior finalist in the Tamblyn Young Model Discovery contest in 2009.

Tamblyns has been her agent since she was 14.

"At 13, I had no confidence whatsoever," Ms Wolens said.

"Getting in the top 10 for Queensland was a massive confidence booster.

"I love (model) Abbey Lee Kershaw.

"She was the overall winner in 2004 and she's a superstar now."

Ms Wolens will soon grace the pages of Hair and Beauty magazine in a photo spread.

But for now, contesting the Girlfriend Rimmel Model Search is her focus. Australia's longest running modelling competition has boosted many model careers.

Ms Wolens is nervous about competing against thinner, younger models.

She's already missed out on modelling jobs because she's failed to lose weight.

The six state finalists will be announced tomorrow, about half an hour before Ms Wolens faces the pressure of her nursing exam.



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