Swimwear model offers up bikinis for drought-hit farmers
TO KEEP farmers from having to sell the shirts off their backs, Condamine woman and internationally recognised figure model Tegan Campbell is selling the bikinis off hers.
After being crowned Ms Natural Universe for 2013, Tegan Campbell has taken a step back from the competition, announcing that she is now 24 weeks pregnant.
Not wanting to leave her Swarovski Crystal-spangled dark pink and blue bikinis to gather dust, she auctioned them at the Gold Coast on Thursday, with all proceeds to go toward drought-affected farmers in the Western Downs.
"I wanted to do something to raise money for drought relief," she said.
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"With a lot of my family living out west, and seeing how bad it's getting, I just really wanted to do something.
The dark pink and crystalline piece went to aspiring figure model Nicole Flute for $450, while the blue went to an anonymous bidder for $320, also tipped to be a first-time figure competitor.
"We're hoping they bring them luck - I won gold in both of them," she said.
Surprisingly, another competitor took it upon herself to donate $400 to drought-hit farmers, prompting one of Tegan's sponsors to put together a raffle hamper worth $350.
In total $1170 was raised on the one day - enough to buy nearly 59 bales of hay.
With two more bikinis already donated, Tegan said she hoped to raise more for farmers in the coming weeks through the charity Aussie Helpers.
Aussie Helpers was set up by Brian and Nerida Egan to help fight outback poverty.
Tegan has won gold at Ms Natural Universe in Greece and at the Natural Olympia in Nevada in 2013 in the Figure category.