BRIONY Lloyd has entered 20 beauty pageants in two years but laughs at the idea she might be addicted.
"I'm not addicted; I'm just incredibly happy and have a fantastic time competing," the 19-year-old Winston Hills childcare worker said.
Fresh from getting the second-highest score at the national Follow Your Dreams pageant in Melbourne in August she is now preparing to represent Australia at the Gold Coast Pageant in California and the Universal Royalty Pageant in Texas next month.
The latter will have 100 contestants with a winning cash prize of $10,000.
"I'm so proud to be representing Australia and eager to show Americans what the Aussies can do," she said.
The ballet, tap, jazz and ballroom dancer said this year she started competing more seriously and is now being coached by pageant judge Kylie Drew.
As a size 12 or 14, she considers herself a "bigger girl in pageants" and is shocked to have done so well.
"I've experienced some negativity from people who ask why I chose to be judged by my looks," she said.
"What I've accomplished makes me feel confident and so proud of myself."
"And it validates the fact that we're not judged on our looks but on personality and confidence."
She enjoys answering questions like 'Who is your hero?' and 'Where do you see yourself in five years?'
"I love to talk so I just have fun with it," she said.