Brooke Cochrane Diamond Teen

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Ipswich teenager Brooke Cochrane is set to dazzle at the Miss Diamond Australia finals in April, representing Parkinsons Australia. Brooke is one of ten finalists presentinga for the prestigious title.

The 19 year old is set to strut her stuff on stage when the Miss Diamond Australia final is judged on April 7th and 8th.

Brooke has already established a name for herself in the charity and pageantry community, holding the Miss Queensland Australia Teen of the Year title for 2015-2016.

The USQ student uses her personal pageantry platform to both combat and raise awareness for anxiety.

Before pageantry, Brooke was unable to do things like chatting to strangers or job interviews.

“I see a lot of confidence gained in me since I started [pageantry] and I see it in a lot of the younger girls,” Brooke said.

“It’s really, really good at teaching you how to promote yourself.”

“It’s helped me in ways that I can’t even explain.”

Brooke said the large misconception about pageants and the pageantry industry has meant a decline in numbers of participants.

“I’d love to see the pageantry industry grow in Australia,” Brooke said.

“People just don’t know about it, and if they do know about it they think it’s like “Toddlers and Tiara’s” when it’s not.

“It’s [Miss Diamond Australia] an all inclusive pageant, so they don’t body shame or discriminate entrants.”

You can support Brooke on her pageantry journey by liking her Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/brookecochranepageants/ or donating to her Parkinson’s Australia charity box by visiting Stevenson’s Florist at Winston Glades Shopping Centre.