Miss World Australia 2014 Courtney Thorpe (centre) with the runners up. Photo: Supplied
Courtney Thorpe is a children’s book author, stylist and budding journalist.
And now, the Brisbane beauty can add being crowned Miss World Australia 2014 to her list of achievements.
On Sunday night, after a hectic four days of competition which saw her competing in a fitness endurance course, beach beauty photo shoot, fashion show, talent show and top model runway show, Ms Thorpe took out the title in the Hunter Valley, beating 42 talented women from across the country.
Miss World Australia 2014 winner Courtney Thorpe. Photo: Supplied
Her win is the second in a row for Queensland, with the 2013 winner Cairns beauty, Erin Holland,
The 24-year-old will now go on to represent Australia at the Miss World International Pageant in London later this year, when she will compete against beauties from more than 130 countries all vying for the title of Miss World.
“I am still in shock! It's not every day that you wake up and realise that all your dreams have come true and your whole life has changed. It's a mix of excitement, nerves and happiness,” Ms Thorpe said.
Miss World Australlia 2014 Courtney Thorpe (right), with 2013 winner Erin Holland. Photo: Supplied
“For the moment, I am just taking everything as it comes – I am organising to move in the next few days and I have also just found out that in just a few weeks I will be travelling … to the Aboriginal community of Lilla in the Northern Territory to continue the work that Miss World Australia has been doing there.
“I am looking forward to the next year as Miss World Australia.”
To take out the title, Ms Thorpe had to live up to the Miss World ethos "beauty with a purpose" and impress a judging panel which included burns survivor Turia Pitt.