Joelle takes Mrs Australia crown
IT'S official: Angourie beauty Joelle Webber is Mrs Australia 2015.
A whirlwind week of being judged through photo shoots, interviews, awareness campaigns, and catwalk shows in Sydney ended in the best way possible for the local radiographer, who was crowned at the pageant final on Sunday.
It is a position she never expected to be in, having initiated the journey with a Google search.
"I was looking for something to be involved in because I felt I wanted to participate in something but wasn't sure what," she said.
"I just start researching on the internet and came up with this. I thought I'd see what happens, but I didn't even half expect it to be this big a deal for me."
In entering, the mum-of-one had some idea what she was getting into - 10 years ago she was crowned Miss Photogenic in the Miss Australia beauty pageant finals in Darwin.
She also has experience in modelling, but emphasised that the Mrs Australia Quest was just as much about the beauty within.
The pageant's main aim is to raise funds for ovarian cancer research and works closely with the charity Teal Wings of Hope as the main beneficiary.
"The MA Quest is a bit different because it embraces the diversity of women so much," she said.
"It's not just being a pretty face and smiling; it's getting into the community and making a difference.
"It has been such a huge learning experience and I actually feel really empowered. I didn't realise how much of a difference I could make and having this behind me is going to help so much."
"I work in cancer care and it's a real passion for me to promote awareness, because unfortunately when a lot of women are diagnosed it is in late stages," she said. "You'll be seeing me out and about a lot. I think you can count on that."
In August Mrs Webber is off to Belarus, to represent Australia in the world title.
In preparation for the trip she will work with last year's Mrs Australia title holder Kim Cancellier on her international domestic violence campaign Queens Without Scars.
"It's just phenomenal," she said. "I'm really excited; it's going to be a big year." And it is the local community, she said, that made it possible for her to be eligible for the title.
"I just want to thank the community because without their enthusiasm and generosity it wouldn't have happened."