WESTMINSTER resident Melissa Walton has received two awards in the national final of the Face of Confidence Australia pageant.
The competition, which was held in Brisbane last week, raises funding and awareness for domestic violence.
Ms Walton won the Miss Colourful and Miss Most Funny awards at the event, for her colourful and bright evening wear.
She said she decided to enter after seeing an advert on social media.
“The idea of having a pageant to raise money and awareness of domestic violence is something that is really inspiring,” she said.
“I grew up around domestic violence and have been through it, so it’s something that hits home.
“For so many women to stand up and talk about what they’ve been through is so brave.”
The pagent consists of a swimwear, fashion wear and evening wear division and asks contestants to explain their experience with domestic violence.
The 35-year-old was the only WA contestant in the pageant and has plans to take on more charities in the hope of raising money for charity.
“It felt really good to be part of it and gave me a real confidence boost,” she said.
“I’ve got plans to do other pagents this year and next year in the hope of raising money for sudden infant death syndrome, in memory of my daughter who died from SIDS.”