Just as I predicted, my top seed to win Miss Universe Australia 2012 was crowned the fairest in the land down under. 21 year-old Renae Ayris – representing Perth – narrowly defeated 1st Runner-Up Mary Vitinaros of Melbourne (also in my Top 5) to become her country’s representative to Miss Universe this coming December. The 5’9″ dancer and photography enthusiast will now have her hands full preparing for the big one after succeeding last year’s winner Scherri-Lee Biggs (also from WA) who finished among the Top 10 in Sao Paulo. Other girls in the Top 5 are 2nd Runner-Up Amy Fromm, 3rd Runner-Up Lucy Tottiett and 4th Runner-Up Julia Perrott Clarke. Below is a video of the finals courtesy of Peter Sereno / Dear Pageant Girl.
All I can say for now is “Congratulations, Renae!” 😀