Charlotte Allison-Bruce will represent NSW at the Miss Galaxy Australia pageant on April 1.
The 23-year-old will be one of six state representatives at the national finals to be held on the Gold Coast.
Despite making the Miss Galaxy Australia national finals last year, she said she was honoured to make the national finals once again.
“Making it to the next step to the national finals is beyond my wildest dreams,” the Kenthurst resident said.
“I loved competing in it so much last year that I just had to do it again.”
While pageants like Miss Galaxy have sustained criticism over the years, Ms Allison-Bruce said it “empowers” young women.
“We’re given the opportunity to grow, learn and become more confident within ourselves,” she said.
“I choose to participate in these pageants because I’ve always idolised women in them.
“The experience has definitely fine tuned skills I may have lacked in before.”
The former Northholm Grammar School student isn’t just a pretty face.
She has competed in show horse events at the Sydney Royal Easter Show ever since she was an eight-year-old and has also completed a bachelor of design in fashion at Whitehouse Institute of Design.
Since graduating she has been working on developing her own fashion label.
“I’m hoping to launch it in the next couple of months,” she said.
“It’s a massive work in progress, but with each step it becomes more and more exciting.”
Her clothing range includes items made from beautiful silks, lace and cotton.
“My entire business model is based around the fact that clothing can make a big difference to a woman’s confidence. Clothing can make women feel empowered,” she said.
“My goal is to bring luxury garments to everyday women at an affordable price, and at the same time, make women feel confident and empowered.”
The Miss Galaxy Australia winner will recieve a sash, crown and airfare and accommodation to the US for the international final.