Mariah Carew
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Bundy's fresh top models

THE new face of Bundaberg has been chosen after an intense few weeks of competition in the Bundy Icon Model Search.

Bartender Mariah Carew was crowned the overall winner for the senior section while Tayla Andrews took out the junior section at a gala event on Saturday night.

Lavish Fashion owner and model search organiser Gina Corocher said competition was incredibly close.

“There was just one point between the winner and the runner-up in the senior section,” Mrs Corocher said.

Narrowly missing out on the win was Skye Duggan.

Mrs Corocher said the competition was almost just as tight for the people’s choice award.

Teacher Leticha Hoopert scraped through to be named the Bundy Icon Favourite model in the senior section by just two votes.

Junior section runner-up Sarah Rohdmann was also named the junior section’s favourite on the night.

Mrs Corocher said about 400 people packed the Bundaberg Civic Centre to see the catwalk finals and show their support to the girls.

As a part of the competition, the 14 finalists had to model in three different categories.

“The lingerie section was definitely a favourite with the crowd,” she said.

“The girls wanted to go back out and do it again because they had so much fun.”

But the night was not just about modelling.

The event also doubled a fundraiser for the Salvation Army Flood Appeal.

Mrs Corocher said early estimates put the money raised at about $10,000.

A part of the fundraiser was a silent auction which was held at the model event.

“The most popular item would have been some Peter Walton mag wheels,” Mrs Corocher said.

The fashion store owner said she had plans to run the event annually if possible.

“I enjoyed getting to know the girls and helping them out with their careers,” she said.

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