SHE might have stumbled upon the competition at first, but Manning’s Jenayah Elliot can now strut away with the prestigious title of Miss Teen Galaxy Australia.
Jenayah (17) entered the competition on a whim after the pageant’s director scouted her at a shopping centre.
After blitzing the state finals, she flew to the Gold Coast to compete for and eventually win the national title.
“When my name was called it took a few seconds to register, but it was easily the best moment of my life to date,” Jenayah said.
“I didn’t even have time to think, I just cried. My first thought was that I just wanted to get down from the stage and run and hug my mum.”
Following on from the announcement, Jenayah admitted one highlight from the night was indulging in celebratory desserts with her fellow competitors.
“I was so blessed to share a room with such angels, this pageant truly did bring me some life-long friends,” she said.
“When I won we went back to the hotel and indulged in McDonalds and literally every flavour of ice cream on the room service menu.”
Jenayah will fly to Orlando, USA this August to represent Australia in the international heats of Miss Teen Galaxy.
However, before she takes off, the philanthropic beauty said she planned to work closely with charities and try to make a positive difference.
“I plan on using my title to be a role model, and I want to be someone who is relatable rather than put myself on a higher level than everyone else,” she said.
“I really hope to use this opportunity to make a positive change and difference in people’s lives.”