THE Gold Coast’s Australia’s Next Top Model contender is more than a pretty face.
Shannon Richardson, 18, of Upper Coomera is a Coomera Anglican College graduate, school captain, dux and winner of awards for public speaking, debating, legal studies and community work, former president of the Coomera Junior Chamber of Commerce and netball coach who earns her pocket money working as a checkout chick at Coles.
Richardson believes in dreaming big. She hopes to represent Australia on the United Nations one day.
Still, she deferred a double degree in law and international relations to compete on Australia’s Next Top Model.
‘‘You get one chance to do something like this – when you’re young,’’ she says.
Richardson modelled as a teen. In grade 10, she was selected as the face of Sanctuary Cove.
‘‘Nothing really since then, though,’’ she says.
‘‘I never expected to get through the auditions (for ANTM). You can’t imagine how being selected for something like this works as a boost to self-confidence and self-esteem.’’
Australia’s Next Top Model is filmed in Sydney. Contestants shared a house and with the exception of modelling challenges that took them out and about, had little access to the outside world.
They handed in their mobile phones and weren’t allowed access to social media or the internet.
With the exception of the occasion short phone call home, there was no contact with the outside world.
‘‘It nearly killed me,’’
ANTM contestant Shannon Richardson dreams big.