Ballarat's Miss World Australia contender

Ballarat's Kristy-Lee Stork could be the next Miss World Australia. PICTURE:KATE HEALY

Ballarat's Kristy-Lee Stork could be the next Miss World Australia. PICTURE:KATE HEALY

BALLARAT'S Kristy-Lee Stork will know next weekend if she has what it takes to be crowned Miss World Australia.

The 20-year-old business owner recently beat more than 20 fellow Victorian beauties to make it to the national finals of the prestigious event. 

The nationals, to be held in New South Wales' Hunter Valley next weekend, will see Ms Stork and 44 other woman fight it out for the top gong. 

A dancer, singer and model for some time, Ms Stork said she was still pinching herself at the prospect of making the national finals. 

"I was never expecting this, to make the national finals, but during the state finals I actually ended up raising the most money in Victoria," she said from her Doveton Street North business Le Belle Beauty. 

"It is a bit surreal and the competition is huge, there are some amazing women ... but you never know."

During the national finals the 45 women will show off their skills in a series of talent and fitness tests. They will also parade swimwear outfits and gowns. 

Asked about the fierce nature of the competition, Ms Stork assured The Courier it wasn't as catty as it sounded. 

"Everyone is actually really lovely," she said with a laugh. 

"Until this I had never done a beauty pageant, so I didn't know what to expect and it has been very friendly."

The former Damascus College student said she discovered modelling during her more than 14 years as a ballet dancer. 

"One of my teachers was a part owner of Ministry of Dance in Melbourne and they had a modelling agency there as well, so she got me into it," she said. 

Blessed with good looks, a modest Ms Stork said her beauty regime wasn't as hard core as many would think. 

"I just go to the gym as much as I can and make sure I do everything in moderation," she said. 

"I still eat junk food and things like that, but I do it in moderation."

Outside her busy working hours and Miss World commitments, the family-orientated Ms Stork is quite the cake decorator.

"I don't know how that all started really," she said. 

"I think it was when I was making my niece's first birthday cake and I wanted to be that aunty who makes the best cakes.

"And now I just love cake decorating."

Beauty, brains and a possible Miss World Australia title, she's quite the catch. 

And she's single. 

For more information about the Miss World contest visit www.missworld -Australia.com

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