Mosman model Emily Daffas to represent Australia in Swimsuit U.S.A World Finals!
By ANNA USHER.
Stunning Mosman model Emily Daffas is on the cusp of major international success, after being chosen as an Australian finalist in the Miss Swimsuit USA International pageant.
The 26-year-old former Queenwood student will head to Mexico in October, where she will compete against 75 other glamorous beauties, all vying for the crown.
"I can't quite believe that I've been selected, and I'm honestly still pinching myself," Emily tells Mosman Collective.
"I've had ambitions to do this competition for a few years, but never really thought it would happen for me.
"Heading to Mexico to compete on a world stage is the opportunity of a lifetime," she said.
The beautiful brunette, who's won a swag of swimsuit titles, including Miss Freshwater and Sydney's Next Top Model in 2015, says while prepared for intense scrutiny and a tough judging process, she's ready to "own it".
"I'm focussed on getting out there and doing the best that I can," Emily said.
"I feel like the local competitions I've done for the past few years have prepared me very well for this next step," she said. "The experience has made me more confident and positive, especially when it comes to being on stage."
Emily has begun the gruelling preparation required for Miss Swimsuit USA, including a strenuous fitness regime along with a strict diet.
She is currently training with Adam Smith at Fitness First Mosman, combining weights and cardio four days a week, but will increase her sessions to seven days a week come September.
"I haven't been out socialising for quite a while - and if I do go out it means no drinking, and really watching what I eat," Emily said.
"By the time I finish competing in Mexico I will be ready to murder a veggie burger and fries - every day for a week!
"It is a sacrifice, but the end result is always worth the months of hard work," she said.
Miss Swimsuit USA will enable Emily to build her modelling portfolio, network with US television producers, and work with some of the world's top photographers during the week long event.
Two main days of competition involve a swimsuit component, an evening wear parade, and a live interview with judges that Emily says "is critical" to the process of crowning a winner.
"Of course physical appearance is important, but its absolutely vital that you are a good communicator, with an excellent knowledge of current events," she said.
When she's not modelling, Emily is the Director of Dance First Academy in Mosman, and passionate about promoting a healthy lifestyle to her local students.
She also has a Bachelor of Business degree, which might just come in handy as her search for sponsorship begins.
"Swimsuit USA International requires me to wear an evening gown and jewellery - and I'm hoping an Australian designer and an Australian jeweller would like to help me bring the title home," Emily said.
"It's a great opportunity for me - and hopefully for some good local brands as well.
"I'd love to represent any Sydney designers or businesses that would like to help get me to Mexico!"