CAMPBELLTOWN beauty Ashleigh Francis says she will represent Australia’s multiculturalism at the Miss World 2010 pageant in Sanya, China, in October.
The 23-year-old model and aspiring actor with Jamaican and Scottish heritage was crowned Miss World Australia at the national final at North Sydney Leagues Club on August 3.
Now living in the inner city to further her career, Miss Francis grew up in Campbelltown and was educated at St Peter’s Anglican School and St Patrick’s College.
Miss Francis won the prestigious Miss World Australia title from 19 other hopefuls.
The competition’s executive producer, Pauline McFetridge, said Ms Francis "embodied everything about Miss World".
"She has the ability to talk to people from all levels of life and make them feel comfortable," she said.
Ms Francis told the Macarthur Chronicle the adrenalin was only just settling down and she had come back to earth.
She said as a little girl she’d watched beauty pageants on the television and dreamed of being a part of one herself day.
"To be honest, it was a dream to enter but I didn’t think I’d win," she said. "It was more for the experience and to bring my message and story to my community.
"One of my reasons for entering was to represent Australia and show the multicultural side of my country."
Ms Francis said while she had never been judged for the colour of her skin, her win opened the door for other girls to share her dream.
"If she can do it then so can I," she said.
Miss Francis currently is studying fashion and technology and told Miss World Australia organisers: "I hope to one day start my own not for profit organisation which specialises in providing low cost and free designed clothing to disadvantaged children."

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