MISS Teen Galaxy Booragoon says the confidence gained from doing pageantry and modelling will help her in her professional endeavours.
Melissa Stevens will be representing her suburb of Booragoon when she competes in Miss Teen Galaxy Australia against 13 other hopefuls from around the state.
The 18-year-old has also just finished school at John Curtin College of the Arts and is looking to study photography at university.
She said doing the pageants have allowed her to network with photographers in the industry and learn about the craft.
“I decided to get into Miss Teen Galaxy Australia as a confidence booster,” she said.
“I have learnt so much about photography and met so many people in the industry.
“I kind of considered it as a way of putting myself out there.”
She said doing the Miss Teen Galaxy as Miss Booragoon was a spontaneous idea but doing modelling and pageantry had changed her life.
“I haven’t really got into it seriously with an agency – what I have been doing it is a lot of fun,” she said.
“Before I started doing pageantry I never saw myself on stage public speaking and struggled to hold conversation with people.”
Ms Stevens is very passionate about raising funds for the Wildlife Warriors.
She even held a sleep out when she was 10 years old to raise funds for them.
Miss Teen Galaxy contestants will be awarded bonus points if they raise money for Wildlife Warriors and Make a Wish as part of the pageant.
To fundraise, Ms Stevens along with Maximus Make Up, are selling body scrubs.
Go to www.facebook.com/maximusmakeup for more.