Universe at their feet
WA's Miss Universe finalists Lucy Ross, left, Stephanie Wake, Bree Wilson, Felicia Kendrick, Courtney Read and Georgia Gibbs. Picture: Cameron L'Estrange

WA's top six Miss Universe contenders feel more ready than ever to take home another win for the State when the results of the pageant's national final are revealed tonight.

Georgia Gibbs, Stephanie Wake, Lucy Ross, Courtney Read, Bree Wilson and Felicia Kendrick have spent the past week in Melbourne in the lead-up to the showdown, where they have undergone an extensive pre-judging process in the evening gown, swimwear and interview rounds that decide the top 10.

While only the judges know which beauties from around the country they have settled on for the final stage, WA Miss Universe talent co-ordinator Sophia Barbagallo said all the Perth contestants were equally deserving of the national crown.

"Our girls have a great chance," Mrs Barbagallo said. "It will come down to the panel's personal opinions on the night. Any of the West Aussie girls would make a wonderful Miss Universe Australia."

WA Miss Universe Australia finalists Lucy Ross, left, Stephanie Wake, Courtney Read, Georgia Gibbs, Felicia Kendrick and Bree Wilson. Picture: Cameron L'Estrange.

Although Kendrick has been dancing from the age of two and has performed in countless competitions and exams, the Landsdale finalist said she was still feeling anxious in the lead-up to taking the stage today, despite her years of training.

"I can say dancing has made me a lot more confident with my stage presence but I do still get nervous before going on stage," the 19-year-old said.

"I think nerves are a good thing though, they add to the excitement and adrenaline rush."

WA has had a winning streak in the past few years when it comes to the pageant, with local women Scherri-Lee Biggs and Renae Ayris taking out the Miss Universe Australia titles in 2011 and 2012 respectively.

Perth's reign ended last year when Olivia Wells claimed the 2013 crown for Victoria.

She will hand over her tiara to this year's winner, who will then compete in the international contest later this year.

The West Australian

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