MODEL OFF TO MEX­ICO

Airle vet nurse in Miss Swim­suit USA comp

Whitsunday Times - - FRONT PAGE - Clau­dia Alp clau­dia.alp@whit­sun­day­times.com.au

BY day she works as a vet­eri­nary nurse, by Oc­to­ber she could be the next Miss Swim­suit USA.

Air­lie Beach beauty, Lara Mit­ton is re­turn­ing to the Riviera Maya in Mex­ico to rep­re­sent Aus­tralia in the Miss Swim­suit USA In­ter­na­tional Fi­nals from Oc­to­ber 22-29.

With the per­fect com­bi­na­tion of brains and beauty, Ms Mit­ton made top 20 in the World Fi­nals in 2016 and was in­vited back as a wild card en­try.

Al­though she was in­vited back in 2017, Ms Mit­ton de­cided to fo­cus on her work com­mit­ments and give her­self a break from the pageant world while com­pet­ing in smaller com­pe­ti­tions.

“It can be a bit hard, the mod­el­ling world, on some­one’s self-con­fi­dence,” she said. “It wasn’t about having fun anymore, it was about where I was plac­ing and that’s no fun.”

Ms Mit­ton com­peted in the Maxim Swimwear Model of the Year pageant in May which is the most pres­ti­gious swimwear pageant in the South­ern Hemi­sphere. She placed third - a re­sult she was more than happy with.

“It’s one of the tough­est comps I’ve ever en­tered and I did re­ally well,” she said. “I just feel like I’ve learnt a lot about how to present my­self and how to come across in an even more pos­i­tive way be­cause I’m just feeling more pos­i­tive about be­ing on stage and about my­self as well.”

Ms Mit­ton will start prepa­ra­tion for the World Fi­nals in the months lead­ing up to Oc­to­ber and it will in­volve a stren­u­ous fit­ness rou­tine and an ex­pen­sive diet. As a wild card en­try, Ms Mit­ton will be fund­ing her own travel ex­penses and said she was hop­ing to get some lo­cal spon­sors to chip in.

“Hope­fully there’s some lo­cal busi­ness that would like to jump on board and help me out and then I can spread the word a bit for those guys on my so­cial me­dia and while I’ve over­seas as well,” she said. As for the re­sult, it’s all about go­ing where the wind takes you and do­ing what makes you happy.

“I ab­so­lutely love where I work, so if more comes up in the mod­el­ling in­dus­try I’d love to dive into it as much as I can but if noth­ing ever comes of it I’m happy where I am as well,” she said.

“I’m happy to go with the flow and see where life takes me.”

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

IN THE SWIM: Lara Mit­ton will rep­re­sent Aus­tralia in the Miss Swim­suit USA In­ter­na­tional World Fi­nals in Oc­to­ber.

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