A chance to seize the day

Gold Coaster Shan­non has many pas­sions and tal­ents, writes

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con­fides Richard­son, an avid con­sumer of news and cur­rent af­fairs.

Richard­son can­not re­veal how far she pro­gressed in Aus­tralia’s Next Top Model, but con­firms keep­ing the rea­son for her dis­ap­pear­ance from the Gold Coast a se­cret was tough. So much so, she has de­vel­oped a strat­egy for deal­ing with ques­tions from friends and ac­quain­tances.

‘‘Peo­ple do ask who won or how I went and I just say I wouldn’t spoil the fun they have watch­ing the show,’’ she laughs.

Only her clos­est fam­ily mem­bers and boyfriend, Luke, knew where she was.

‘‘To be hon­est I sort of slipped away with­out re­ally ex­plain­ing to any­one.’’

Richard­son is the sole Gold Coaster who sur­vives to com­pete in the se­ries.

Top 50 run­ning mate Emily McCabe, 18, of Benowa, was elim­i­nated at the Syd­ney boot camp.

The exit aired at the end of the first episode on Tues­day.

‘‘One of the best things about all of this was meet­ing Emily,’’ says Richard­son.

‘‘We flew down to­gether and just hit it off. We’ve be­come good friends.

‘‘And the best thing is she lives just 20 min­utes away from me, so we can still catch up.’’

Aus­tralia’s Next Top Model re­turns with new­ly­wed Jennifer Hawkins as host and model and DJ Di­dier Co­hen join­ing as a judge along­side reg­u­lars Char­lotte Daw­son and Alex Perry.

Aus­tralia’s Next Top Model: Tues­days, 7.30pm, Fox8; re­plays Wed­nes­day to Fri­day and Sun­day.

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