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BEAUTY ther­a­pist Crys­tal Lu­dice is no stranger to mod­el­ling but she’s ready to take her cat­walk ca­reer one step fur­ther.

The 26- year- old Kelso woman ( pic­tured) is get­ting ready to travel to Mel­bourne next month to com­pete in a beauty pageant with the bonus goal of help­ing chil­dren in de­vel­op­ing coun­tries.

Ms Lu­dice is a con­tes­tant in Face of the Globe Aus­tralia, a char­ity fundraiser for the Rain­bow Child Foun­da­tion. She said she’s look­ing for­ward to the ex­pe­ri­ence.

“I’ve done mod­el­ling but I’ve never done a beauty pageant be­fore,” she said.

“It’s more based on con­fi­dence and pres­ence where mod­el­ling is more about your look.”

Ms Lu­dice’s em­ployee En­dota Day Spa Mag­netic Is­land has spon­sored her to en­ter the com­pe­ti­tion and now she’s step­ping up her fundrais­ing, sell­ing raf­fle tick­ets and lolly bags with plans to hit shop­ping cen­tre to try to drum up some cash.

She said her col­leagues were sup­port­ive of her.

“They think it’s good and they’re ex­cited for me,” she said.

The win­ner of the Mel­bourne pageant will fly to Paris and Lon­don to com­pete against women from across the world in the grand fi­nal.

Com­peti­tors will strut their stuff in evening wear, learn a dance rou­tine and be in­ter­viewed by a panel of judges.

The pageant takes place from Au­gust 28 to 30.

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