One bella Gabriella

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

GABRIELLA Hortin hopes her bright per­son­al­ity will out­shine the com­pe­ti­tion at the 2017 Miss Di­a­mond Aus­tralia pageant.

The 13-year-old Kew­dale res­i­dent car­ries the hopes of WA as the State’s only Miss Ju­nior Di­a­mond fi­nal­ist.

Gabriella raised $1000 for chil­dren’s char­ity Act for Kids at her Dis­ney quiz night.

Her fundrais­ing ef­forts are part of the pageant’s judg­ing cri­te­ria.

Act for Kids helps chil­dren suf­fer­ing child abuse and ne­glect.

“I’ve al­ways grown up in a happy area and en­vi­ron­ment; some chil­dren don’t have that and I re­ally wanted to help those chil­dren,” Gabriella said.

She was at­tracted to mod­el­ling but did not like the height and weight re­stric­tions.

Miss Di­a­mond Aus­tralia has no height, weight or age lim­its above six years. It be­gan in 2013 to cel­e­brate beauty in di­ver­sity and pro­mote change in the in­dus­try.

Gabriella has tougher com­pe­ti­tion than most; her brother An­drew was crowned Mr Di­a­mond 2016.

“I was very jeal­ous last year,” she said.

“But this year I’m go­ing to beat him.”

The youngest of nine said a big fam­ily could make life dif­fi­cult.

“Or­gan­is­ing things, just deal­ing with the crazi­ness and the cost of every­thing.” she said.

Most of her sib­lings are en­gi­neers but Gabriella said she wanted to do some­thing “mod­ern”.

“I want to be in the spot­light, be a star,” she said.

The grand fi­nal will be held in Bris­bane on April 8.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son­mu­ni­ d466794

Miss Di­a­mond Aus­tralia fi­nal­ist Gabriella Hortin.

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