Taylor is Monto’s Showgirl
MONTO’S newly crowned Miss Showgirl, Taylor Laney, is a young woman with a plan.
She hopes to own a beauty salon, but isn’t getting ahead of herself with plans to complete a TAFE course in administration and get work with the Gladstone Port Authority.
The 18-year-old said the local Miss Showgirl quest had boosted her confidence and given her the opportunity to meet new people.
Taylor grew up in Builyan and attended Monto schools.
Her earliest memories of the Monto Show included entering her primary school artwork, and her most recent memory was the thrill of watching last year’s Monster Trucks display.
“But actually this will be my first year involved in the show,” she said.
She is anticipating sashing winners, participating in this year’s main parade, watching the evening rodeo and enjoying her role as ambassador for the community.
Last year’s winner Donna Baker, also Miss Showgirl Queensland 2013, presented the winners on the weekend.
Shannon Kerle was Miss Personality and Cassie Dorries was presented as this year’s runner-up.
Dot Hamilton, one of the Monto Miss Showgirl
judges, said Taylor had the qualities required for the quest –knowledge of the country areas, an interest in shows, and an ability to express her opinions.
Ms Hamilton described the three entrants as “high calibre and very dignified”.
“I think they’ll go a long way. They know where they want to go in life and have their two feet on the ground,” Ms Hamilton said.
SHOWGIRLS: From left, Donna Baker (Miss Showgirl Queensland 2013), Taylor Laney (Miss Showgirl), Shannon Kerle (Miss Personality), Cassie Dorries (Runner Up).
Tina Wilson and Allison Chellingworth sit back and relax at Saturday's night's gala.
Liz and Greg Vicary enjoyed themselves at the Biggenden gala night.