Bot­tom line health and fit­ness in new-look Miss World pageant

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS -

A WA trio pre­par­ing for the Miss World Aus­tralia fi­nals later this month say they sup­port a move to scrap the swimwear seg­ment.

Com­pe­ti­tion or­gan­is­ers dropped the beach­wear, with women to wear fit­ness gear in­stead.

Hamil­ton Hill res­i­dent Mil­ica Ogn­jen­ovic said it was a good move.

“Just be­cause you’re skinny, doesn’t mean you’re healthy. That’s the bot­tom line,” she said. “Ev­ery­body is dif­fer­ent. “But even from my back­ground in per­sonal train­ing, I know a lot of healthy peo­ple who feel un- com­fort­able strip­ping down to noth­ing.

“I think it’s some­thing a lot of peo­ple wanted.”

Atwell’s Mi­caela Nor­cliffe said it was re­as­sur­ing to have the com­pe­ti­tion shift away from sim­ply be­ing about judg­ing a body.

Wel­lard lo­cal Cheyenne Chad­der­ton agreed.

“It’s em­pow­er­ing – you’re not so ex­posed,” she said.

“It’s about fit­ness, health and eat­ing right and not just about hav­ing a bikini body.”

Fi­nal­ists from around Aus­tralia will fly into Perth for the fi­nals on Sun­day, with Miss World Aus­tralia to travel to China to take part in the Miss World Pageant.

Ms Chad­der­ton, one of 12 WA fi­nal­ists, is com­plet­ing a course with the Dream­time Pro­ject and will travel to New York next month to take part in Fash­ion Week.

Ms Nor­cliffe is study­ing so­cial and de­vel­op­men­tal psy­chol­ogy at Mur­doch Univer­sity.

Ms Ogn­jen­ovic is study­ing epi­demi­ol­ogy and un­der­tak­ing an in­tern­ship with the Lions Eye In­sti­tute.

For in­for­ma­tion visit www.miss­worl­daus­

Pic­ture: Matt Jelonek­mu­ni­ d442034

Miss World com­peti­tors Cheyenne Chad­der­ton and Mi­caela Nor­cliffe.

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