READY TO MODEL: Tanika McDonald is ready to take on the rest of the beauties at the 2011 Australian Ralph swimwear of the year model in Sydney this week.
READY TO MODEL: Tanika McDonald is ready to take on the rest of the beauties at the 2011 Australian Ralph swimwear of the year model in Sydney this week.

Whitsunday model in Ralph finals

THE stakes are high for Whitsunday model Tanika McDonald who will be representing the region when she competes at the Australian Ralph swimwear model of the year final in Sydney next week.

The Cannonvale resident won her local final in Mackay last month, which meant she secured her spot in the national final.

Ms McDonald said she was looking forward to the event.

“I'm going to try to make the most out of it,” she said.

Ms McDonald has previously competed in the swimwear competition in 2008 in which she made the 2009 calendar photo shoot.

She was also a Batercard Miss Indy National Finalist the same year and made the calendar shoot in 2010.

“I was surprised the first time,” Ms McDonald said.

“If I do better than what I did last time it would be a bonus.”

The week-long event will take place in Sydney at the Star Casino. Ms McDonald will be one of 39 women from Australia and New Zealand who will be competing for the tag of Australian Ralph swimwear model of the year.

She will be competing in the evening and swim wear categories and will undergo a series of interviews, photo shoots and media conferences in front of a panel of judges.

Ms McDonald said her goal was to make the top 12 calendar photo shoot.

“I don't want to be too ambitious,” she said.

“There are a lot of girls who are very well-known in the industry. The thing is the more you put into it, the more you'll get recognised.”

But she insists it's not all about good looks.

“You can be the prettiest girl in the competition but that doesn't count if you don't have personality. The judges look for natural, down-to-earth girls who try to see the positive in things,” she said.


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