Winning is Bliss for Miss V8 star
IN THE world of model searches and pageants, it might be harder to come up with a better weekend than the one Rebel Bliss just had.
The 25-year-old was recently crowned the winner of the Miss V8 Supercar regional finals in Ipswich, after she was invited to take part in the contest as a 'wild card' entry.
The following night, she travelled up to the Sunshine Coast for the International Lingerie Model Search regional finals - and won that too.
"When they called my name out as winner of Miss V8, I was in absolute shock," Miss Bliss said.
"I went into that competition, not expecting to win at all. I was so overwhelmed with emotion I cried."
The V8 finals, hosted at the Racehorse Hotel in Booval by Auroa Model Management, featured 10 of the highest-scoring entrants from previous heats.
The girls were scored by judges on swimwear and sportswear as well as their general stage presence.
"I went into that contest just looking to have fun and not really over-thinking it," Miss Bliss said.
"That must have worked to my benefit because according to the judges' feedback I appeared 'confident but not over-the-top'.
The Canberra-born beauty said winning the International Lingerie Model Search was just as big of a surprise.
"In that contest, I was up against girls, the likes of Tasha Dunlop and Ariana Deeley - both of whom have been Australian Swimwear Model of the Year national finalists," she said.
"In the lead-up to both contests, I'd been working hard with personal trainer Jim Morris and sticking to a strict nutrition plan.
"I suppose it shows what you can achieve if you work hard towards something."
As winner of the Miss V8, Miss Bliss will travel to the Gold Coast in October to represent Ipswich in the National Final week, held in line with the Gold Coast 600.
She and other entrants will be treated like celebrities as they take part in photo shoots, V8 Supercar parties and the official judging.
"I can't wait - I haven't spent a week on the Gold Coast since Schoolies," Miss Bliss said.
"I couldn't have done this though without the support from my mum, family friend Zio Giovianni and my trainer."