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AFTER a coura­geous re­turn from knee surgery, Mt Mar­low model Jac­que­lyn Watts took her place on the In­ter­na­tional stage, crowned 2019 Miss Teen Fash­ion Week in Dal­las, US, last month.

Miss Watts com­peted in ed­i­to­rial, swim­suit, run­way and pho­to­shoot rounds and im­pressed a panel of seven dis­tin­guished judges dur­ing the grand fi­nale with her ma­tu­rity and pos­ing prow­ess.

Stand­ing at 178cm with waist-length, red hair, Miss Watts’ strik­ing beauty and el­e­gance on the cat­walk gave her a unique qual­ity.

Her raw tal­ent not only landed her the 2019 Miss Teen Fash­ion Week crown, but also Teen Model of the Year, Teen Best Ed­i­to­rial, Teen Best Hair and Make-up, Teen Best Dress, Teen Best Pageant Walk and Teen Best Run­way Walk.

She was later praised on the Miss Fash­ion Week Face­book page for go­ing “above and be­yond” to achieve a per­fect score in the ed­i­to­rial photo shoot and “out­per­formed other con­tes­tants in ev­ery round”.

Miss Watts has been danc­ing with Whit­sun­day Dance Con­nec­tion for 13 years, but a menis­cus tear in her left knee in 2017 left her re­quir­ing surgery and un­able to dance dur­ing her re­cov­ery pe­riod.

Her love of the stage led her to Brooke Lee Mod­el­ling, Mackay, where she at­tended fort­nightly classes on cat­walk, pho­tog­ra­phy, pos­ture, eti­quette, de­port­ment and make-up.

Last year’s ac­com­plish­ments saw her crowned 2019 Miss Teen Fash­ion Week Aus­tralia in Mel­bourne ahead of 40 con­tes­tants na­tion­wide and awarded 2018 Se­nior Model of the Year dur­ing her Brooke Lee Mod­el­ling grad­u­a­tion. But achiev­ing in­ter­na­tional recog­ni­tion has been the high­light for the ris­ing star who said she has been able to grow sig­nif­i­cantly as a re­sult of her re­cent ex­pe­ri­ences.

“We had so many dif­fer­ent ar­eas of the com­pe­ti­tion in which I was able to grow and im­prove my con­fi­dence, from in­ter­act­ing with oth­ers from dif­fer­ent coun­tries to chat­ting with fash­ion de­sign­ers, pho­tog­ra­phers, film pro­duc­ers, judges and high so­ci­ety in­flu­ences,” Miss Watts said.

“I was ex­tremely proud and thrilled to be an­nounced 2019 Miss Teen Fash­ion Week. I couldn’t be­lieve it!

“I thor­oughly en­joyed the whole com­pe­ti­tion, judg­ing cat­e­gories and ex­pe­ri­ence.”

The pageant, pi­o­neered by vi­sion­ary Amer­i­can fash­ion de­signer Vera Wang, aims to em­power all women through body pos­i­tiv­ity and the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s motto: You Are Enough.

Miss Watts said this was a mes­sage she in­tended to pro­mote.

“I have a huge year ahead while I am the 2019 Miss Teen Fash­ion Week, which in­volves pro­mot­ing our Miss Fash­ion Week motto, You Are Enough, to bring aware­ness to­wards self love and body pos­i­tiv­ity to all,” she said.

“Dur­ing this amaz­ing jour­ney, I hope to in­spire and en­cour­age oth­ers to also fol­low their dreams.”

Miss Watts boarded a plane the day after the pageant, en route to her Brooke Lee Mod­el­ling grad­u­a­tion in Mackay two days later. She man­aged to cel­e­brate her 16th birth­day in the Qan­tas jet, some­where be­tween Dal­las and North Queens­land.

Miss Watts said she would con­tinue to work hard this year, im­prov­ing her mod­el­ling skills in Mackay at Brooke Lee Mod­el­ling and through pri­vate FaceTime link-up les­sons with her Mel­bourne-based Aus­tralian pageant and mod­el­ling coach Kylie Drew.


BEAUTY QUEEN: Mt Mar­low model Jac­que­lyn Watts was crowned 2019 Miss Teen Fash­ion Week in Dal­las last month.

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