As 19 young women clad in swimsuits and high heels strutted
their stuff around an Alexandra pool on Saturday to cheers
and applause, there were many ''I'm glad it's not me up
there'' comments from the audience.
The nervous 2012 Miss Alexandra Swimsuit Competition
entrants, aged 17 to 25, walked a lap around the pool in
front of about 600 people, past the four judges and stopped
to meet MCs Amy Scott and Karl Green, who were waiting with
what they called ''tricky questions''. These included what
the best thing about Alexandra was, to which most answers
were the weather and the people.
Most of the young women said they entered the contest to
boost their confidence, although some said they were talked
into it by family members or friends.
Judges Jacqui van Dam, Tim Riwhi, Carolyn Lyons and Amber
Kinnaird said it was not a beauty pageant - it was about
style, confidence and personality.
Shaun Robinson (18), of Alexandra, was crowned winner and
received $500, a beauty care pack, photo shoot and flowers.
She also won the people's choice category, taking home
another $150 and more flowers.
First runner-up Shannon McKelvey (20), of Alexandra, won
$200, flowers and a $50 clothing voucher while second
runner-up Erica Pine won $150 and flowers.
The Miss Photogenic title was awarded to Gabrielle Butler
(17), of Alexandra.
She received $150 and flowers while runner-up Alesha Romano
(18), of Alexandra, won a $50 clothing voucher.
The runner-up in the people's choice category, Yasmin Hemsley
(18), took home a $50 clothing voucher.
Miss Robinson said she was speechless after her double win.
''Though it's cliched, I was 100% not expecting this at
all,'' she said.
She heard about the competition last year and had wanted to
enter but was out of town when it was held, ''so I thought I
should totally do it this year''.
Her advice for next year's competitors was ''just be true to
yourself and don't fake anything''.