RACHEL’S THUMBS DOWN

Blonde Cal­i­for­nian beauty queen Rachel Wal­ter had high hopes for tanned, fit, volleyball play­ers from Down Un­der, but when the geeks turn up she finds her­self say­ing, ‘You’re not Aus­tralian, are you?’

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an­ted: Hot Amer­i­can girls to meet Aussie guys. The cast­ing call was a no-brainer for Cal­i­for­nian beauty queen Rachel Michelle Wal­ter.

Though fa­mil­iar with the Beauty and the Geek for­mat, the bub­bly 25-year-old (who rates her looks a mod­est “10 out of 10”), says the boys didn’t live up to her ex­pec­ta­tions.

“I’ve al­ways had this huge vi­sion of Aussie guys be­ing like, the sex­i­est men alive, be­cause Chris Hemsworth is like one of my big­gest fans. I mean, I wish he was one of my big­gest fans. I’m one of his big­gest fans,” she says.

“So I al­ways had this im­age that they were su­per-tanned, and fit, and prob­a­bly played volleyball all the time.

“But then of course we met the geeks, and I was like, ‘You’re not Aus­tralian, what are you?’.”

This year the show, hosted by James Tobin, kicks off in Las Ve­gas, where our geeks are put through their paces by the beau­ties. Rachel says she and the other girls did their best with what they were given.

“We went to a cou­ple of bars, and we would teach them how to dance, and pick up on girls, and it was so hard be­cause their ap­pear­ance makes it so dif­fi­cult,” she says.

“No­body would give them the time of day, es­pe­cially in Ve­gas, you know, there’s a lot of amaz­ing look­ing girls.

“So I think looks are re­ally im­por­tant. It shouldn’t be, be­cause it makes me sound shal­low. But it’s hu­man na­ture to be like, he’s hot, I’m go­ing to go and talk to him.”

Rachel spent time on the beauty pageant cir­cuit in her early twen­ties, and vied for the Miss Cal­i­for­nia crown. There the Mar­i­lyn Mon­roelooka­like (her de­scrip­tion) found a business op­por­tu­nity.

“I started a company from that (ex­pe­ri­ence),” she says. “Self-pro­tec­tion is a very im­por­tant thing in Amer­ica. So many bad things hap­pen. So I came up with a prod­uct called Safely Sexy and it’s like, cute pep­per sprays. They’re like, chee­tah, hot pink, re­ally cute de­signs.”

Her other tal­ent, do­ing “Eng­land ac­cents”, was less ap­pre­ci­ated by the Aussies.

“I did my ac­cent for the party trick. One of the geeks was like, ‘That was the worst f---ing ac­cent I’ve ever heard’. I was like, “What are you talk­ing about? I’m so good at it.”

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