Pageant teens make grand final

Beauty queens: Keighley Newans, 15, Keira Hoban, 14, and Rachael Jamieson, 18, will head to the Miss Teen Australia final later this month. Picture: Kayla Osborne
Beauty queens: Keighley Newans, 15, Keira Hoban, 14, and Rachael Jamieson, 18, will head to the Miss Teen Australia final later this month. Picture: Kayla Osborne

“There must be something in the water.”

That’s what the parents of three local girls who have made the finals of the Miss Teen Australia pageant think.

Keighley Newans, 15, Rachael Jamieson, 18, and Keira Hoban, 14, will head to Cairns later in the month to compete in the final competition.

This is the first time any of the girls have participated in a pageant.

Keighley said she decided to compete in Miss Teen Australia to try something new.

“I mainly did it for experience and because it’s something out of my comfort zone,” the Narellan Vale girl said.

“I didn’t have any expectations going into the pageant so the nerves didn’t hit me on stage but once they said I got through to the final the nerves hit me then.”

Rachael said she joined the pageant to gain some extra modelling experience.

“I wanted to become a role model for younger girls and set an example for them,” she said.

“I didn’t know what to expect because I had never done a pageant before but it was a lot of fun and I have learnt a lot from it as well.”

The Werombi girl wore her year 12 formal dress for the formal wear section of the event.

“It was a bit of a throwback and I love my formal dress so it was fun to wear it again,” she said.

Keira was looking for a singing competition when her mum came across the Miss Teen pageant.

“My mum said I should give it a try and I thought I might enjoy it so I did and I actually really enjoyed it,” the Harrington Park girl said.

“It was good to find out what it was like behind the scenes and up on the stage.”