FOR amateur model Sarah-Anne Johnstone of Marayong, the Miss Philippines Australia 2014 beauty pageant is a potential ladder to charity work.
The 21-year-old nursing student, one of 16 hopefuls vying for a crown at the annual contest, does not have her sights set on a career in fashion. Instead, she'd like a job as an ambassador for a charitable organisation.
"It's basically a charity pageant," Miss Johnstone said.
"The money that they make, they send over to the Philippines to build communities and provide housing, food and water in places that are underprivileged."
The former St Andrews College Marayong student said the competition offered two crowns: the Miss Philippines Australia title and Miss Charity Queen Australia.
The first will be judged on entrants' performance in various heats, including segments for swimwear, traditional Filipino wear, evening wear and a question and answer session.
The second is based on how much money entrants raise for the charity of their choice.
Miss Johnstone said her chosen charity was the House of Angels, a Filipino foundation for abandoned newborn babies.
"They provide shelter and food. It might not be much, but the essentials to grow up, the sort of things people in Australia take for granted."
But win or lose, the University of Notre Dame student was just happy to be involved. "It's a great experience," she said. "It puts things in perspective."
Sarah-Anne and her fellow candidates were introduced to the public at a presentation evening at Stonecutters Ridge Golf Club on August 9.
The grand final is at Fairfield Showground on October 6.