LOCAL beauty Fatma Elif Ozun is contending for the top spot in the state finals of Miss Galaxy in February.
Ms Ozun, 28, will represent her home town of Toongabbie when she competes against 20 other women in the finals.
The top four selected will go on to compete in the national competition.
The pageant comprises four rounds: swimsuit, fashion wear, evening wear and an interview.
This will be Ms Ozun's first beauty competition and her last chance to make the pageant circuit before she turns 30. She said she was nervous but more excited about having the chance to compete in the state final.
"As it gets closer to the date I'm starting to get nervous," she said.
"I haven't started working out or started looking for my gowns.
"But I will start really soon."
The idea to take to the catwalk was suggested to her by a friend.
"My friend told me about the competition last year but I was in Turkey and I couldn't go in it," Ms Ozun said. "This year I decided to go in it because it was about having a bit of fun and making new friends."
Although Ms Ozun will have to model during the beauty pageant, it is acting that she is really passionate about.
She is studying full-time at the Actors College of Theatre & Television (or ACTT) in Sydney.
"It's just about how you entertain people and make them happy," she said.
"It's about showing every emotion you can and being able to share your feelings with everyone."
This year the nominated Miss Galaxy charities will be the Make-a-Wish Foundation of Australia and the Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors.