Airlie beauty crowned Miss Crave
WHITSUNDAY model Tanika McDonald was named Miss Crave 2010 at Doors Nightclub in Mackay on Saturday night.
Ms McDonald took out the first ever Miss Crave competition ahead of 11 other contestants vying for the inaugural Miss Crave crown.
Ms McDonald said she was overwhelmed after she was announced as the winner of the competition.
“I think probably what helped me in the end was my confidence on stage,” she said.
“I really had to step up and it was good to win.”
What made the win more impressive for the local beauty was her ability to stand out above the high standard of competition she was up against.
“Out of all the competitions I've done, I've never seen such good quality competition, it was outstanding,” Ms McDonald said.
Ms McDonald is quite a talented model and was previously named Miss Indy Mackay, Miss Crusty Demons Mackay and was named the winner of Ralph Mackay in the past.
But it has been a long road back for the accomplished model.
After 12 months away from the catwalk due to personal reasons, Ms McDonald said she was grateful to be back on stage doing what she loved most.
“I used to do what I loved to do and I had a break but I had to come back,” she said. “It was great to have the freedom again.”
The newly crowned Miss Crave was also joined in the competition by fellow Whitsunday resident Hannah Arnold.
Both girls now prepare for the Miss Whitsunday competition which starts in Airlie Beach tonight.
Crave is a monthly men's magazine produced by the Daily Mercury in Mackay.