By Shaun Inguanzo
A HAMPTON Park mother has been chosen as Australia’s representative to take on the rest of the world at the Mrs Globe pageant in the United States next year.
Danielle Larche, 25, is a meat packer at Safeway Hampton Park by day, but at other times she juggles motherhood with a professional modelling career.
After fearing she may never be able to appear in a bikini shot after giving birth to daughter Ella, now five months old, Mrs Larche has received the surprise of her life by being chosen as Australia’s representative to the Mrs Globe pageant in Palm Springs, California to be held in August 2008.
The competition is similar to other prestigious pageants such as Miss Universe except for one glaringly different criterion.
Participants must be married and have children – two factors which often exclude women from traditional pageants.
Mrs Larche said that because pageants were not popular in Australia, her application was paperwork-based and she had to write several essays and include photos to the Mrs Globe pageant.
“Honestly, it’s not a pageant I had heard of beforehand, but it’s one of the most respected names in the pageant industry,” Mrs Larche said.
“It is aired in 45 countries worldwide and the organisation that runs it is The Globe Organisation.
“They’re a modelling agency that has also founded a charity that provides educational programs for women.”
Mrs Larche said that if she was to win the pageant, The Globe would establish a branch of the charity in Australia.
She said she was proud of her pageant entry because as an Aussie battler and new mother, life has been tough for her and husband Arno.
“To think I work a normal job at the supermarket, have had a baby have got married, and I didn’t go to uni…it shows that everyday, normal people have a chance to do these sorts of things,” she said.
“You don’t have to be a scholar or have started a charity organisation to be eligible.”
The young mother last appeared in the News in August to tell the story of how she almost gave birth to baby Ella while filming a segment for television show Thank God You’re Here.
Mrs Larche said baby Ella had since then scored her first acting role in the forthcoming Channel Nine production, Underbelly, in which she played the role of baby daughter of underworld figure Carl Williams.
And motherhood has helped Mrs Larche develop into a more efficient person.
“I can definitely do things more quickly,” she said.
“When you have got a baby you have to multitask, whereas things take ages when you have the luxury of looking after yourself.”
By Shaun Inguanzo