Teen tri­umph

The Cobram Courier - - NEWS - By Kenji Sato

A Co­bram teenager seized the lime­light at the Miss Teen Con­ti­nents beauty pageant, where she won the high­est fundraiser award and a spot at the Aus­tralian In­ter­na­tional pageant.

It was the first pageant for Indyanna Cic­cone, 13, who said she had been drawn to the spot­light since she was six years old.

‘‘I al­ways liked to be in front of the cam­era,’’ Indyanna said.

‘‘Ev­ery­where I went I would be strut­ting and pos­ing.’’

Indyanna was the youngest con­tes­tant but still man­aged to im­press the judges with her fash­ion wear, swimwear and even­ing wear mod­el­ling.

She placed sev­enth over­all, qual­i­fy­ing as a fi­nal­ist for the Aus­tralian In­ter­na­tional pageant in Fe­bru­ary.

In prepa­ra­tion for the Miss Teen Con­ti­nents pageant, Indyanna made ap­pear­ances at Eileen Tay­lor and Kata­matite Preschool, Sun­coun­try Dance School and the Co­bram Show, where she pre­sented the Miss Show­girl sashes.

She has also ap­peared at the Kids Fash­ion Meets Mu­sic run­way mod­el­ling show and fash­ion ad­ver­tise­ments for brands such as Rip Curl, Neon Dancewear and DJ Jazzy Cloth­ing.

Indyanna said her suc­cess was largely due to her mother Kayla Mor­ris, who is her num­ber-one fan and make-up artist.

‘‘I can’t do make-up for the life of me. If I try to do my own make-up it looks like I’ve been punched in the face,’’ she said.

Indyanna also won the pageant char­ity award by rais­ing money for Chil­dren’s Cancer Cen­tre at West­mead Hos­pi­tal and Teal Wings of Hope ovar­ian cancer char­ity.

Cancer is a deeply per­sonal cause for Indyanna, who has had tu­mours in her ap­pen­dix and an aunt who died from ovar­ian cancer.

For the Aus­tralian In­ter­na­tional pageant she will raise money for the Royal Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal in Mel­bourne and Aussie Helpers to help dairy farm­ers like her un­cle and grandpa.

She has plans to raise the money through trivia nights, an auc­tion, an ev­ery­day hero on­line ac­count and a fam­ily fun day.

Strut­ting her stuff: Indyanna Cic­cone will head to the Aus­tralian In­ter­na­tional pageant.

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