KEEN: Preparing for Model For Life heats in Grafton are Tara McAuley, 17, and Sarah Noakes, 16, of Grafton.Photo: ADAM HOURIGA
KEEN: Preparing for Model For Life heats in Grafton are Tara McAuley, 17, and Sarah Noakes, 16, of Grafton.Photo: ADAM HOURIGA

Clarence girls set out on model life

By EMMA CORNFORD

EACH year, the Model for Life competition brings tens of young hopefuls out of the woodwork and on to the stage.

This year, Sarah Noakes and Tara McAuley are just two of the young adults hoping to do well as they strut their stuff tomorrow night in the Grafton heats.

While it's a 'bit of fun' for competitors such as Sarah, a budding tennis player who hopes to turn professional, some who will enter the com- petition, such as Tara, hope to someday become a model and see it as a possible stepping stone into the industry.

"My hairdresser told me I should enter (and) even though it's a bit scary it will be good if it happens," the 17year-old said.

But even if modelling doesn't work out for Tara, she is studying child services at TAFE and will go to university as a fallback.

Sixteen-year-old Sarah has never entered Model for Life before, but was encouraged by her mum to 'do something for a bit of fun'.

"I was sick for about eight weeks with shingles ... so mum said I should get out and do something like this for fun," Sarah said.

"I've never done modelling before but I want to get dressed up and I haven't done that for a long time."

She said it was also for a good cause, with the profits donated to the Spastic Centre of NSW.

The competition will be at the Community Centre with heats for those aged from three to adult.



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