Bikini body champion Andi Rowe takes home silver
IT WAS something Andi Rowe never thought she would do in a million years.
But last Saturday, after seven months of training, the shy 24-year-old stepped onto a stage in Cairns and competed for the first time in an ICN Bikini Modelling competition.
Andi came second in both novice events, the First Timers Bikini and First Timers Sports Model competitions.
"I was apprehensive going into it, but ended up really enjoying it. The other competitors were so lovely and I was very lucky to have my partner Rob there supporting me as well," she said.
"It was a small event by national standards, but the judges said later it was some of the toughest line ups they'd seen in a regional show."
"I thought if I was going to mess anything up it would have been my stage presence, but that was fine."
Andi started training for the Bikini competition seven months ago.
"It is so much more than just applying a fake tan, slipping on a bikini and getting onstage," she said.
What followed was a rigorous training routine and strict diet, but Andi said it was a great challenge.
"In the seven months I've been training I've lost 16kg, and almost halved my body fat percentage," she said.
"It's crazy what you can achieve when you set your mind on something, plus knowing you're going to go onstage in a bikini is also a solid motivator."
Andi said she was happy with her placing, but is keen to improve.
"It's good to have a challenge in your life. The competition has been good for me, I feel great and it's definitely built my confidence," she said.