WINNER: Jemm Moore was named the 2016 MAXIM Australian Swimwear Model of the Year at the grand final on the Gold Coast last week.
WINNER: Jemm Moore was named the 2016 MAXIM Australian Swimwear Model of the Year at the grand final on the Gold Coast last week. Mrsmithphotography

‘Country kid’ takes title

THE experience of entering the 2016 MAXIM Australian Swimwear Model of the Year search just keeps getting better for Jemm Moore.

The Emerald local said she entered the search a couple of months ago and from there she has continued to win her way through to the top, being named the Australian Swimwear Model of the Year last week.

"I'm just a country kids who went into it thinking it would be a great experience but then I managed to win it," Jemm said.

"I'm still surprised; I was not expecting to win so it's nice."

Since the win, it has been a whirlwind of excitement as Jemm was up at 4.30am for a sunrise photo shoot for her upcoming front cover and 10-page spread in MAXIM magazine.

Then Jemm and her boyfriend headed off to Toowoomba to meet his sister's new baby, born the same night Jemm won, before heading home to Emerald.

The grand final was held on the Gold Coast with four days of judging putting Jemm and the other finalists through their paces as they posed for photographers, met media as well as modelled three categories of swimwear.

"We created our own outfit for that, I make everything I wear," she said, admitting she does have a creative streak.

"I've made everything my whole life... growing up in Emerald, there isn't anyone to make your costumes so I always made it myself."

As part of her prize Jemm won more than $10,000 in cash and prizes including a feature shoot with MAXIM Magazine.

The humble "country kid" said she was surprised to win as she hadn't had any experience modelling and had only entered a few competitions previously to gain some confidence.

But she will get plenty of experience in the coming months with offers from photographers wanting to do shoots with her.

Those wanting to see her feature in MAXIM will have to wait as the edition and calendar featuring Jemm isn't expected to be released until next year.


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