Wanted: Miss Showgirl entrants
FAR from the beauty pageants of old, today’s Ipswich showgirls need to have it all.
The Ipswich Show Society is searching for a local woman to become the “face” of the show as the 2011 Miss Showgirl.
Open to women between the ages of 18 and 27, contestants are judged on a range of criteria, including their general knowledge of Ipswich, as well as their personality and presentation.
The competition offered entrants the opportunity to develop public speaking and networking skills, with contestants mingling with everyone from politicians to business people, said 2010 title holder Louisa Dossetor.
She said it also gave women the opportunity to learn the finer arts of deportment and etiquette.
“It is not a fundraiser and it is not a beauty pageant,” Ms Dossetor said.
“Young women are judged on how they carry themselves and represent their local region.”
The Mt Crosby pharmaceutical sales rep said the competition also enabled young women to gain a range of marketable skills.
“When you finish school and uni, sometimes it is a struggle to find things to put on your resume,” Ms Dossetor said.
“By being part of the competition it shows you are involved in the local community.”
Ms Dossetor said the competition was also a great way to meet other like-minded young women.
“The competition has moved with the times,” she said.
“They have changed the age requirements so older people can be involved.
“It is definitely not old-fashioned.”
The 28-year-old, who went on to beat other young women from the Ipswich region’s country shows at the sub-chamber level, represented the region at the Queensland Country Life Miss Showgirl awards at the Brisbane Ekka last year.
Ms Dossetor said for four days while she was competing at a state final, she and her fellow finalists had been “treated like royalty”.
“To go to government house and meet Governor General Penelope Wensley was a real privilege,” she said.
Entries in the 2011 competition close on April 1.
For more information, prospective entrants can ring the show office on 3281 1577 or visit the website, www.ipswichshow.com.au.