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SHE may be in the box seat to be­come Queens­land’s fifth con­sec­u­tive Miss World Aus­tralia, but La’Ace De Vries is pre­pared to put in the hard yards.

The 24- year- old Bris­bane model and vet nurse is among the 28 na­tional fi­nal­ists who will com­pete for the ti­tle at the beauty pageant’s crown­ing cer­e­mony in Mel­bourne today. With Bris­bane’s for­mer Miss World Aus­tralia Court­ney Thorpe as her men­tor, De Vries placed top three in the pre­lim­i­nary mod­el­ling round this week.

“As a young girl I al­ways found it hard to find a pos­i­tive role model to look up to so if I could win this and be that role model for some­one it would be a dream come true, es­pe­cially at this point in the world,” she said.

“But I’m def­i­nitely go­ing to con­tinue do­ing the char­ity work with Va­ri­ety af­ter the com­pe­ti­tion re­gard­less of what hap­pens and I al­ready have some­thing planned with that.”

COM­MIT­TED: Miss World Aus­tralia con­tes­tant La'Ace De Vries. Picture: DAVID CAIRD

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