Hedland’s next top model – Meisha lights up the stage
The air was abuzz with excitement, laughter and a touch of hairspray as Meisha Davis was crowned Hedland’s Next Top Model 2011 at South Hedland Shopping Centre’s evening of glamour on November 23.
Year 8 student Meisha was chosen from nine other local young women, all contestants who had taken part in a 10-week program exploring a range of health, wellbeing and fashion topics which ultimately led to them gracing the runway at this final event.
Pilbara Girl, 2011 winner Samarah Brown, an esteemed judge along with Mayor Kelly Howlett and Delany Delaney, watched with the large crowd as the girls showed pride and confidence on the catwalk.
Local rapper KJ also entertained onlookers.
WACHS Pilbara Health Promotion Officer Bonnie Matheson said that prizes were awarded not just on appearance but on personal growth and the commitment demonstrated by the girls throughout the workshops.
“Some of the girls were quite shy when starting Hedland’s Next Top Model, so to see them all walking confidently down the runway was fantastic,” Ms Matheson said.
“Some really strong friendships have also developed between the girls and they have been a great support for each other.”
Drug and alcohol counsellor and educator Desiree Friend was delighted with Meisha being crowned Hedland’s Next Top Model and said that all the girls were winners and beautiful inside out.
Port Hedland resident Kellie Shepherd attended the fashion show and enjoyed watching the girls take to the runway.
“They all did a great job getting themselves ready and they all looked great on stage,” Mrs Shepherd said.
The workshops on body image, self-esteem, relationships, drug and alcohol education, fashion design, grooming, deportment and modelling were delivered by WA Country Health Service – Pilbara and Wirraka Maya Health Service.
The “Pilbara Echo” was proud to support the girls in presenting their public profiles for the paper each week leading up to the finale.
In her profile, Meisha wrote, “If woke up tomorrow and I was going to my dream job it would be a successful modelling career and I’d be over the moon.”
Hedland’s Next Top Model was sponsored by WA Country Health Service – Pilbara, Wirraka Maya Health Service, Healthway, Youth Involvement Council and Charter Hall, and supported by Youth Opportunities Unlimited and Youth Connections.