Ariana shines at Aussie swimwear competition
AT THE rate she's going, third time might be a charm for Maxim Australia Swimwear Model of the Year contestant Ariana Deeley.
The 21-year-old beauty placed first runner-up when she recently represented Ipswich in the competition's national finals.
It was one better than her result last year, when the journalism student placed second runner-up in the 2013 finals.
Despite her success, Miss Deeley admitted she felt a bit disappointed to once again come so close to winning the title and then just missing out.
Even though it may prove to be a case of third time lucky, Miss Deeley said she was unsure if she would be back next year to compete.
"As much as I would love to give it another go and try to take out the title, it's a long and tiring process," she said.
"I'm not sure if I will be up for it again next year - I will have to see how I feel if the opportunity arises."
The Maxim contest is the largest and most prestigious swimwear model and calendar search in the southern hemisphere.
Miss Deeley had the opportunity to compete in the national finals on the Gold Coast after she won the regional heats held at the Racehorse Hotel in March.
"In the lead-up to the finals it's always a challenge trying to balance study and work with frequent trips to the gym, eating healthy under all the stress and making other preparations for the contest," she said.
"Now the competition is over life has thankfully slowed down a little but I am still trying to catch up on assignments and sleep."
Though the contest may have been exhausting Miss Deeley said it was also a lot of fun.
As a treat, Miss Deeley and the 29 other national finalists were given an all-expenses paid week on the Gold Coast in the lead-up to the judging.
During that time, the girls took part in calendar shoots, VIP appearances and media calls.
For placing first runner-up Miss Deeley was awarded $500 cash, a calendar shoot with Wayne Daniels and various cosmetic and swimwear vouchers.