THRILLED: Liberty Bennett of Alstonville is the winner of the 2013 Miss Country Girl Australia.
THRILLED: Liberty Bennett of Alstonville is the winner of the 2013 Miss Country Girl Australia. Jacklyn Wagner

Kick-start for country girl

ALSTONVILLE'S Liberty Bennett was named Miss Country Girl Australia at the national finals in Sydney last night.

The 15-year-old has now scored a highly sought-after modelling contract with Chic Model Management.

But Liberty - who stands at 179cm - almost didn't enter the competition because she was concerned about her braces.

Lismore Square marketing manager Mel Carrero, who has worked with Liberty, was one of the first to hear the news last night.

She said she had told Liberty that her braces did not matter.

"They (Liberty and her mum) rang me and just said, 'She won, she won'. They are stoked," Ms Carrero said.

"I am just really excited that someone representing Lismore has won.

"We knew there was a lot of talent in the competition this year, it was very tough but we also knew that Liberty could win it.

"Her life is going to be very different now."

Liberty's mum, Melissa Bennett and her mentor from Grace School of Model- ling and Deportment, Elizabeth Lund were both in Sydney to support her during the finals.

Attempts were made to contact both women last night but without success.

The Miss Country Girl Australia competition specialises in searching rural and regional areas for the next superstar.

Last week Liberty, who is in Year 10 at Trinity Catholic College, told The Northern Star she would love to make it in modelling, but was also keen to study medicine.

It seems the medical career will be put on hold while her modelling career takes off.

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