iSelect Titans under-20s squad member Brett Stratton was talked into going into an amateur male modelling contest by a mate for a bit of fun … and has become Australia’s entrant in an international pageant in China next year.
The 18-year-old, who this year played centre in Burleigh Bears Colts but is in our Holden Cup squad, won the Manhunt Australia national final at Love Nightclub in Broadbeach.
The winners of 18 heats, including Brett, from different parts of Australia contested the final and he came away the winner.
The Manhunt International is regarded as the male equivalent of the Miss Universe contest and has been contested since 1987. The first two finals were held on the Gold Coast before being hosted all around the world since.
“A mate mentioned to me about entering and it was just a bit of fun that I thought wouldn’t go anywhere,” Brett said.
“I had to contest a heat during a week off from footy and won it which was a surprise and it just went from there.
“I wasn’t too serious at the heat, I just went for a bit of fun and a look. After being told I could do quite well in the completion and make it to the international final, I became more serious about it.
“There were 18 in the final which was a good experience and, yeah, I won. So I go to the final in Beijing some time towards the end of next year.” He also picked up a $1000 prize and a crystal trophy.
“Obviously people make a bit of fun of it with me but generally everyone have been really supportive and are glad I’ve done well. It has opened up a new door for me.”
He has already heard from two modelling agencies who want to put him on their books and has done a photo shoot for a portfolio.
Stratton, who lives at Currumbin and attended Palm Beach Currumbin high school, earlier this year deferred his human science studies at university. He is a Kiwi who moved to the Gold Coast with his family when he was 11.
He goes to the gym most days, so fitness is obviously part of his priorities as is making the most of his opportunities in rugby league.
The Manhunt International 2015 contest will be held in the last quarter of 2015 for a second time in Beijing and Brett will be one of 50 entrants from around the globe.