IF THERE is a hereditary gene for success on the stage, it would seem the Smidt family has it.
Three young members of the Grafton family recently entered the Grafton leg of the Miss Country Girl Australia tour, held at the Grafton Showground, and all of them found success in their categories.
Fifteen-year-old Claire Smidt, who two years ago was crowned Junior Jacaranda Queen, added another sash to her collection after winning the senior model category.
The excited Year 9 student said she was surprised to win, but would love to pursure modelling as a career. She added that the Junior Jacaranda Queen quest helped boost her confidence and prepare her for this next test.
"I'd love to pursue it as a career if I can and I think this is really helping to kick-start that," she said.
Prior to the judging, the competitors attended a modelling workshop on Saturday, to help them better understand the industry and opportunities within it.
Proud mum Kathrine Smidt said it was explained on the day that girls of all shapes, sizes and looks could be successful in the modelling world.
"You don't have to be tall and skinny because there's such a massive range of opportunities, not just high fashion," she said. "Eighty per cent of the industry is commercial modelling."
It is believed finalists from the weekend's heat will get another shot at the title through regional finals, but because Claire won she will go straight through to the finals at Jupiters Casino next September.
"I think she's an upcoming star this girl," Mrs Smidt said.
Claire's older sister Jessica, 16, won the 12-28-year-old performance section with her belly-dancing routine and the girls' 8-year-old niece Britany, Kathrine's granddaughter, qualified for the regional finals with her own dance routine. Jessica will compete against other performance winners from across NSW next July.
Established in 2009, Miss Country Girl Australia hosts heats in rural/regional areas to allow girls to connect with the industry.
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