Tamworth Show: Showgirl entrants are high calibre competition

SHOWGIRL: Tamworth 2016 Showgirl Hiliary Thornberry and Showgirl coordinator Shelli Lewington at the Show's new home, AELEC. Photo: Gareth Gardner
SHOWGIRL: Tamworth 2016 Showgirl Hiliary Thornberry and Showgirl coordinator Shelli Lewington at the Show's new home, AELEC. Photo: Gareth Gardner

BEAUTY is in the eye of the beholder, but it’s not under the microscope at the Tamworth Showgirl competition.

Moving back to Tamworth after university, former Showgirl and Stacks Law Firm solicitor Hiliary Thornberry used the competition as a way to meet new people.

“I definitely don’t look like Miss Universe, the Showgirl competition is the furthest thing from that in that it’s not a beauty contest,” she said.

“It’s a context about advocating for strong, rural women – whether they’re living on the land or in town you’re judged on what you know about Tamworth, our industries and what we’re all about.”

This year five women are competing for the hotly contested sash and perks of the Tamworth Showgirl title.

It’s a great opportunity to be pushed out of your comfort zone Ms Thornberry said.

“I would say don’t hesitate, jump right in – the benefits are numerous along with the opportunities,” she said.

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It’s the first time the Showgirl competition will be held at AELEC, and Showgirl coordinator Shelli Lewington said the calibre of entrants is high.

“I really would not want to be a judge this year because I think it’s going to be quite hard to decide,” she said.

“Our showgirl should be a confident young woman, she should have a basic understanding of the region and rural Australia specifically within our region.

“Their main role this year is to be a hostess because it’s our first year at AELEC, nobody will be families with the grounds so they’ll be busy ladies.”

The Tamworth Showgirl will be officially sashed on Friday.

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