SINCE leaving school, Jamberoo's Aleisha Brooke-Smith envisaged herself in a sash while competing for the Kiama Showgirl title.
Ms Brooke-Smith, 22, grew up on a hobby farm and believes she has a lot to offer as Kiama's Showgirl representative.
"I think I would make a good ambassador for the younger generation of Kiama because I have a positive outlook on things," she said.
"I also love doing charity work and it's good to show that and get other people involved."
After school, Ms Brooke-Smith travelled and worked in Europe for three years, but the lure of home proved too strong.
"There's no place like home, there's no place like Jamberoo and there's no place like Australia."
On returning at the start of the year, Ms Brooke-Smith started working at the Kiama Inn and with radio station i98's Street Fleet.
She also raised money in the area and bought sporting equipment for children in Bolivia.
"I really enjoy helping people in need," she said.
Ms Brooke-Smith said that the Kiama Showgirl competition fits in with her love of pageants and modelling.
Earlier this year she won the Miss Sydney Australia competition and entered the Miss Universe competition.
"Pageants are just something I enjoy. A lot of them are charity events and I love helping out in the community.
"I also enjoy the glamorous side - getting dressed up. I love it."
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