For Jessica McWilliam, being the 2017 Dubbo Showgirl would give her a chance to build her confidence.
The Dubbo Showgirl is chosen each year at the Dubbo Show. They are judged on their personality, confidence, goals, knowledge and presentation.
“To me the showgirl isn’t all about how you look. I think it’s more about your personality and how you present yourself to the public,” Ms McWilliam said.
“It’s a girl who has great ambition and is a leader not just for herself but for the show.”
Ms McWilliam said she was not ‘the most rural girl’, but had previous knowledge as a vet nurse, and was committed to the Dubbo community.
The Show Society said the Showgirl Competition aimed to find the person most suited to represent young, regional women of NSW.
The Showgirl is the ‘face of the show’ and assists in obtaining new and diverse contacts for the show, as well as promoting special events.
Ms McWilliam said she decided to enter the 2017 Showgirl Competition after hearing about how much fun her friend had doing it last year.
It was also a way to build her confidence when public speaking, she said, which would help her during job interviews in the future.
If chosen as the new face of the show, Ms McWilliam said she was most looking forward to being an honorary member of the Show Society.
When she didn’t have cattle or sheep to show, and wasn’t good at drawing, the showgirl entrant said the showgirl competition was a great gateway for her to be involved in the event.
Currently, the 20-year-old is studying a Bachelor of Nursing at Charles Sturt University.
“I’ve always had an interest in health and science and this is such a diverse field,” Ms McWilliam said.
“I’d love to work in the Emergency Unit or within Drugs and Alcohol. I’m not much of a routine person.”
The 2017 Dubbo Showgirl, as well as the Teenage Showgirl, will be announced during the show on Saturday, May 27.