Tannum Teen crowned winner of Miss Teen Australia
UPDATE 5PM: TANNUM Sands teenager Anelia Du Plessis has been crowned Miss Teen Australia 2018 and she did it in style.
When asked by the judges what was one thing she'd change about herself she said "I wouldn't change anything, I am happy with who I am".
Anelia wore a Jadore strapless green sequinned gown - on loan from Gladstone boutique, Runway 7 - for the final, which offset her red hair.
"I went in with the mentality of whatever happens - it's an honour to be there and I'm glad I got that far," she said.
"It's about having opinions, personality and being a good role model."
Her win in Townsville on Saturday night has propelled the 18-year-old tennis coach onto the world stage.
Anelia will compete in the World Supermodel Production in Vietnam in September/October.
She said she believes the prize will be a modelling contract in New York.
But Anelia won't have to wait that long to visit the Big Apple.
Clearly someone who likes to keep busy, she will fly to New York on Tuesday.
As part of her gap year she's decided to work in a summer camp for homeless street children in New York.
"It's a wonderful opportunity to do something useful and it will be a very rewarding experience I think," she said.
"It's a very unique opportunity and not a lot of people get to do it."
TANNUM Sands teen Anelia Du Plessis can't wipe the smile off her face after being crowned Miss Teen Australia in Townsville last night.
The 18-year-old tennis coach who was up against about 20 models in her senior category, modelled seven outfits.
She was put in the spotlight when the judges asked her a random question in front of a crowd.
In an interview with the Observer earlier this week, Miss Du Plessis said she wanted young women to feel comfortable in their own skin.
"For me it was about confidence and being body positive ... I think everyone can benefit from doing etiquette and deportment classes because it teaches you skills you'll use for the rest of your life," she said.
The Tannum Sands graduate is on a gap year preparing to study business and psychology next year and was one of 20 chosen for the senior category of the national competition.