Star­ring role for teen

MAN­NING beauty Je­nayah El­liot won the Miss Teen Galaxy Aus­tralia crown on the Gold Coast. The 17-year-old will travel to Amer­ica to com­pete in the in­ter­na­tional heats in Au­gust.

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - FRONT PAGE -

SHE stum­bled upon the com­pe­ti­tion by chance, but Man­ning’s Je­nayah El­liot could not have planned it bet­ter if she had tried.

Ear­lier this month, the 17-year-old beauty was crowned with the pres­ti­gious ti­tle of Miss Teen Galaxy Aus­tralia.

Je­nayah en­tered the com­pe­ti­tion on a whim af­ter the pageant’s di­rec­tor scouted her at a shop­ping cen­tre.

Af­ter blitz­ing the state fi­nals, she flew to the Gold Coast to com­pete for and even­tu­ally win the na­tional ti­tle.

“When my name was called it took a few sec­onds to reg­is­ter, but it was eas­ily the best mo­ment of my life to date,” Je­nayah said.

“I didn’t even have time to think, I just cried. My first thought was that I just wanted to get down from the stage and run and hug my mum.”

Fol­low­ing on from the an­nounce­ment, Je­nayah ad­mit­ted one high­light from the night was in­dulging in cel­e­bra­tory desserts with her fel­low com­peti­tors.

“This pageant truly did bring me some life­long friends,” she said.

“When I won we went back to the ho­tel and in­dulged in McDon­ald’s and lit­er­ally ev­ery flavour of ice cream on the room ser­vice menu.”

Je­nayah will fly to Or­lando, USA, in Au­gust to rep­re­sent Aus­tralia in the in­ter­na­tional heats of Miss Teen Galaxy. The phil­an­thropic beauty said she planned to work closely with char­i­ties and try to make a pos­i­tive dif­fer­ence.

“I re­ally hope to use this op­por­tu­nity to make a pos­i­tive change and dif­fer­ence in peo­ple’s lives,” she said.

Cream of the crop: Je­nayah El­liot ate ice cream to cel­e­brate her win­ning the Miss Teen Galaxy Aus­tralia ti­tle.

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