Jesse lights up grid

THE Tatts Finke Desert Race will be the first step in Jessie McNevin’s modelling career.

The Tatts Finke Desert Race is an off-road, multi-terrain two-day race for bikes, cars, buggies and quads through desert country from Alice Springs to the small Aputula (Finke) community.

The race is held each year on the Queen’s birthday long weekend in June and McNevin, of Richmond, was selected as one of  12 grid girls from a Facebook competition. She was the only one from NSW.

“They did it based on your interview, how many likes on Facebook, personality and looks,” McNevin said.

“They said that I had the best interview out of the 100 girls that applied. I’ve always wanted to do this but I never thought I’d get picked; I’m stoked but a bit nervous.

“I love dirt bikes and I’ve been to a few enduro races, but this will be the biggest one I’ve been to.

“I just want to have fun and enjoy myself. 

‘‘Hopefully I’ll get a bit of exposure out of it because ultimately I want to do modelling in the future.”

The 24 year-old mother of two, who has an affinity for tattoos, credited her children for making her the person she is today.

She said her kids made her “grow up” and mature and chase her modelling dreams.

“I’ve always wanted to be a model, but it got put on hold because I’ve got two sons,’’ she said. 

‘‘But now that they’re getting older I thought I may as well chase my dream.

“It makes you grow up. The things that I’ve been through have made me a lot stronger and if I didn’t have my sons I wouldn’t be where I am now.

But it’s a special type of modelling she has her eye on. “I’d like to do tattoo female modelling – maybe I could be Miss Tattoo Australia, that would be a big dream,’’ she said.

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