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YOUNG SUN­SHINE COAST TEEN TAYA GRABBE IS PRE­PAR­ING TO TAKE ON THE WORLD IN PAGEANT

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Pick­ing out a ball gown, or­gan­is­ing make-up and choos­ing a hair­style; ev­ery­thing you would as­sume 17-year-old Taya Grabbe would be doing to pre­pare for her school for­mal.

But the Sun­shine Coast teen isn’t get­ting glammed up to cel­e­brate with class­mates, she’s get­ting ready to take on the world.

Taya has been named a fi­nal­ist for 2019 Miss World Aus­tralia, along with eight other women from around the state.

The an­nounce­ment came last Sun­day af­ter she com­peted at the state fi­nal on the Gold Coast. It was some­thing that the as­pir­ing model said was “com­pletely un­ex­pected”.

“I feel very shocked and ex­cited. I can barely be­lieve it,” she said.

Taya was born in Nam­bour and has grown up liv­ing on the Sun­shine Coast.

She has been in­volved in mod­el­ling for just over a year, but she said it was her life long dream to turn it in to a full-time ca­reer once she grad­u­ated from high school at the end of the year.

“I first got in to mod­el­ling be­cause all my friends and fam­ily said I should do it and I ab­so­lutely love fash­ion,” Taya said.

“As cheesy as it sounds, I would love to one day join some of my role mod­els with wings in a Vic­to­ria’s Se­cret run­way.”

Miss World be­gan in 1951 and is the largest and long­est run­ning in­ter­na­tional beauty pageant.

Hun­dreds ap­ply to take part in the pageant ev­ery year and it is watched by bil­lions all around the world.

Taya said while there were a lot of stereo­types around beauty pageants, she liked the char­i­ta­ble and ethical aspects that were as­so­ci­ated with Miss World.

“I re­ally ad­mired that the event goes deeper than just phys­i­cal at­tributes,” she said.

“They place a value on beauty with a pur­pose.”

As one of the youngest fi­nal­ists to be named in the run­ning for the ti­tle of Miss World Aus­tralia, Taya had to put in a lot of hard work to en­sure she felt con­fi­dent when on stage.

“I am nat­u­rally re­ally shy so I have been doing a lot of speak­ing and prac­tis­ing an­swer­ing ques­tions,” she said.

“I have also been work­ing on train­ing for the cat­walk and pho­tog­ra­phy.”

Fit­ting in work and school while train­ing for the pageant has been a bal­anc­ing act for Taya, but she said it was all about stay­ing or­gan­ised.

“I am com­plet­ing my fi­nal year of school so it makes it very hard to fit in study and sport,” she said.

“But I just write lists of what I need to achieve to help me get through it.”

Taya is cur­rently work­ing with Bris­bane-based mod­el­ling agency Vivien’s Mod­els.

When they heard the news that Taya had been an­nounced as a fi­nal­ist for Miss World Aus­tralia they were beyond ex­cited and “very proud” of the young model.

Vivien’s Mod­els state man­ager Ge­or­gia Bar­clay said they saw clear po­ten­tial in Taya from the mo­ment she first stepped foot in the agency.

“Vivien’s scouted Taya a year ago when she dropped into the agency to say hello,” she said.

“We im­me­di­ately signed her be­cause of her fit and healthy body and her won­der­ful and fun per­son­al­ity.”

“We’re look­ing for­ward to seeing how Taya de­vel­ops as a model and ex­cited that she is gain­ing so much con­fi­dence and ex­pe­ri­ence be­ing a part of Miss World.”

The crown­ing cer­e­mony for Miss World Aus­tralia will again be held at the Palazzo Versace on the Gold Coast on July 19, steal­ing the show from Mel­bourne.

The win­ner will go on to rep­re­sent Aus­tralia at the fi­nal in Thai­land on De­cem­ber 7.

For more in­for­ma­tion about Miss World Aus­tralia visit the web­site at https://www.miss­worl­daus­tralia.com.au/

“AS CHEESY AS IT SOUNDS, I WOULD LOVE TO ONE DAY JOIN SOME OF MY ROLE MOD­ELS WITH WINGS IN A VIC­TO­RIA’S SE­CRET RUN­WAY”

GLITZ AND GLAM: Sun­shine Coast 17-year-old Taya Grabbe has been named a fi­nal­ist for 2019 Miss World Aus­tralia.

PHOTO: ADAM HOSKINS

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