Shy Rachael shines in the glare of Ralph spot­light

Townsville Bulletin - - Inside Today - Emily Mac­don­ald

RAV­ISH­ING Rachael Glee­son has been crowned the new Ralph Aus­tralian Swimwear Model of the Year fi­nal­ist for Townsville.

Ms Glee­son, 23, im­pressed the judges at Jupiters on Fri­day night and will travel to Syd­ney for the na­tion­als on April 4.

This isn’t the first time Ms Glee­son, an in­ter­net mar­keter and re­tail worker, has won a mod­el­ling competition – she was cho­sen to be a Crusty Demons babe five years ago but has shied away from the spot­light since.

She said it was her close friends who gave her the con­fi­dence to en­ter the competition.

‘‘ I was ab­so­lutely stoked when I won – I couldn’t be­lieve it,’’ she said. ‘‘ I’ve al­ways wanted to get into mod­el­ling but didn’t re­ally have the con­fi­dence. My friends gave me the push that I needed.

‘‘ My fam­ily are stoked as well. They live in Her­vey Bay so they didn’t get to see it but Mum was on the Townsville Bully web­site first thing in the morn­ing to look at the pho­tos.’’

Ms Glee­son hopes to score a cov­eted po­si­tion in the Ralph calendar. Con­tes­tants will be in­volved in a fash­ion pa­rade to choose the top 12 and one will be cho­sen to star on the cover.

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