Miss teen galaxy on per­sonal quest

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

MAN­NING beauty Je­nayah El­liot may have stum­bled across the Miss Galaxy Aus­tralia Pageant by ac­ci­dent, but it has not stopped her from hav­ing a com­pet­i­tive edge in the con­test.

Je­nayay (17) en­tered the beauty pageant af­ter the di­rec­tor of Miss Galaxy Aus­tralia ap­proached and scouted her at a shop­ping cen­tre.

The Penrhos stu­dent said she thought the pageant would fit her per­son­al­ity per­fectly.

“Af­ter re­search­ing the pageant I felt like I had dis­cov­ered the place for me, I knew I’d en­joy do­ing a form of modelling that had a back­ground with char­ity and com­mu­nity ser­vice,” she said.

“This pageant also al­lows your per­son­al­ity to come through and I re­ally like that as op­posed to cat­a­logue modelling.”

Je­nayah holds the ti­tle of Miss Teen South Perth Galaxy and said she was hop­ing to make it to the na­tional fi­nals.

“It’s a lot of hard work, ef­fort and time and it’s been crazy and in­tense but I am ab­so­lutely lov­ing it,” Je­nayah said.

“I didn't even ex­pect to be ac­cepted so I am grate­ful to have been given the op­por­tu­nity to com­pete in the state fi­nals.”

As part of in­volve­ment in the pageant, con­tes­tants are re­quired to com­plete com­mu­nity ser­vice and Je­nayah has wasted no time giv­ing back to her neigh­bour­hood.

In the space of a week, she do­nated pet food to lo­cal an­i­mal refuges, spent time work­ing at the South­care Op-Shop, cooked din­ner for chil­dren and fam­i­lies at the Ron­ald McDon­ald house, vol­un­teered with el­derly and worked at her lo­cal church.

“I am cur­rently rais­ing fund for the Make-A-Wish Foun­da­tion and so far have raised over $600,” she said.

The Miss Teen state fi­nal is Jan­uary 28.

Pic­ture: Matt Jelonek

Miss Teen South Perth Galaxy Je­nayah El­liot.

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