Warwick belle to be local star in Galaxy quest
WHILE Warwick watches on at the Miss Rodeo Australia judging, 21-year-old local Sakara Bell is stepping as an unofficial representative of the Rose City in the 2016 Miss Galaxy Quest.
Originally from Warwick, the aspiring presenter moved to the Gold Coast in 2014 to pursue her career.
"Miss Universe is a big dream of mine and the Galaxy quest is a step beneath it," Ms Bell said.
"I'm working hard to fundraise for Make a Wish foundation and train for the runway before state finals on March 24."
The first-time pageant competitor also works in real estate and as a part-time model and actor. She recently scored a role in an upcoming film and an interview opportunity with the Brisbane Lions.
Despite the limited opportunities available for her in Warwick, Ms Bell said she was proud to call the Rose City home.
"It was hard in Warwick but I'm thankful I grew up there because otherwise I wouldn't be who I am today," she said.
"I like to say I'm a country girl at heart - country girls are genuine and love life and I'd hope it would make me stand out."
Although things are looking up for the young model, Ms Bell said she had faced criticism in the past.
"I heard 'I'll never make it, I'll never do this' and I thought about giving up more than once," she said.
"I hope to be an inspiration to everyone to follow their dreams, and I'm so thankful for the family and friends who have supported me.
"The thing is to never settle for what's just okay for you.
"It can be draining to balance everything, but it's about getting in that frame of mind that you're capable of anything and you just have to keep going until you get there."