Grafton girl stars on stage
FORMER Grafton resident Shelby Peters admitted she was stunned when she was crowned as a Queensland representative for the Miss Galaxy National Finals at a gala event on Thursday night.
But now with a tiara on her head, she has already begun the hectic task of preparing for this weekend's final.
"It was the most amazing feeling, I had to process it all for a while," Miss Peters said.
"But now I'm absolutely focussed on being the best representative for Queensland I can be."
Miss Peters, now based on the Gold Coast, was chosen from 12 girls to represent Queensland in the pageant that raises money for the Make-A-Wish foundation.
She will now compete against 20 others for the national title. And the big dilemma of her all-important formalwear dress has been solved for her.
"I've had the most beautiful dress donated to me for the national finals," Miss Peters said.
"It's worth over $1000 and is absolutely stunning. I'm absolutely thrilled with it."
The contestants are judged across a range of deportment and fashion sections, but it was in the interview section where Miss Peters was able to display her true passion for the contest.
"I've become an official volunteer for the Make-A-Wish foundation on the Gold Coast, and it has been the most rewarding and incredible feeling," she said.
"I raised the most amount of money out of all the contestants in Queensland, and I'm just really trying to be a role model for others through the competition."
And as for nerves on the big nights, Miss Peters is remarkably calm about her on-stage experiences.
"I've been really quite good with nerves, I actually ended up supporting quite a lot of the contestants through the contest," she said.