At 28, Kellie Germain thought she had no chance of winning Australia's biggest swimwear competition because of her age and her height.
But at the weekend, the Secret Harbour bombshell won the coveted 2014 Miss Hawaiian Tropic Australia/New Zealand title on the Gold Coast.
"I haven't stoped crying since I heard my name being called out on stage. I have tried for years to get to the national (level) and always getting so close but ending up adding another runner-up sash to my growing collection," Germain said.
"I honestly thought the odds were stacked against me due to my age competing with girls who are 10 years my juniors and due to not being tall enough for fashion catwalk. Luckily Miss Hawaiian Tropic doesn't have a height requirement and I actually think my age and experience gave me the advantage I needed this time."
One of the first to congratulate the events and promotions manager backstage immediately after her win was Connor Cruise, celebrity DJ and adopted son of former Hollywood couple Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman. He was on hand to provide entertainment once the bikini girls had left the stage.
Germain's win marks the second year in a row that a WA model has walked away with the Miss Hawaiian Tropic Australia/New Zealand title following Perth model Ashiie Munro-Smith's win last year.
Germain will head overseas to fight for the international title later this year.