Model hopes for her big break
By Colleen Edwards
MANY girls grow up raiding their mother's wardrobe to play dress up in oversize clothes and heels, and dream of being a model when they grow up.
Sonia Schlotzer is living the dream and is on her way to possibly becoming Australia's next top model.
Ms Schlotzer recently won the Bundaberg leg of the Best Model Australia competition and will head off to the national finals at the Gold Coast from August 28 to September 3.
Best Model Australia, formerly known as QC Girl, is an international model search competition and an opportunity for aspiring female models to strut their stuff and gain a chance of pursuing modelling as a career path.
"There are two categories for the heats, swimwear and fashion," Ms Schlotzer said.
"For fashion, you have to do a one-minute routine demonstrating catwalk ability and to present with the latest fashion that suits you, looks good on you and suits your style and shape."
She decided to enter the competition because she thought it would be fun, but admits the prize was also a major factor.
"I knew it would be fun, but it would also be furthering my opportunities, because you meet different people in the industry and doors open for you," Ms Schlotzer said.
Ms Schlotzer made an impression on the judges modelling outfits of Bundaberg designers Cynthia Hoogstraten and Lenee Graham and is looking to showcase other designers from the region in the finals.
However, it being the ball and formal season, she is having difficulty finding a person who has time free.
"I would really like to model a local designer and put Bundy on the map, so if a designer is interested and free, let me know," Ms Schlotzer said.