Miss World beauty set for finals

Beauty queen: Bronwyn O'Leary hopes to become the third Australian to win Miss World. The previous winners were Penelope Plummer in 1968 and Belinda Green in 1972. Picture: Anna Warr

Beauty queen: Bronwyn O'Leary hopes to become the third Australian to win Miss World. The previous winners were Penelope Plummer in 1968 and Belinda Green in 1972. Picture: Anna Warr

BRONWYN O'Leary has the Miss World crown in her sights.

The St Clair resident will compete in the NSW final in the Hunter Valley this Sunday.

The state winner will progress to the Miss World Australia final in Melbourne in July and the national winner will represent Australia against 120 countries at Miss World in London.

Ms O'Leary, 24, was named a state finalist after sending in her application, followed by an interview and demonstrating her walk.

"I'm thrilled, honoured and humbled to have this opportunity," she said. "It's something that doesn't happen every day so I feel very lucky."

The budding fashion stylist will walk the catwalk for the first time this Sunday when she models a black dress and a ball gown as part of the final.

Ms O'Leary, a receptionist, has spent time in London working as a fashion intern and volunteered recently for Australian Fashion Week.

"I'm nervous but excited at the same time," she said.

It's more than just a beauty pageant for Ms O'Leary.

"I have a lot of nieces and nephews so for me, it's important to be a positive role model for younger generations," she said. "I want to promote a positive vibe about body image and healthy lifestyles."

She's also supporting children's charity Variety as part of the contest and spent Sunday raising money for Variety by holding a barbecue at her local parish.

"The aim is to take out the national title and raise as much money for Variety as I can," Ms O'Leary said.

"The charity helps disadvantaged children who need all the help they can get. It's a beauty pageant with a purpose. I'm not looking for fame. All I want to do is a make a difference."

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