WHEN former Newcastle Showgirl Elise Grist isn't at work, meeting clients or in court, she is behind the scenes as the new showgirl co-ordinator.
Ms Grist won the showgirl crown in 2010, when she was midway through a law degree.
Now working as a full-time solicitor at Braye Cragg Solicitors, Ms Grist is keen to share her showgirl knowledge and guide the contestants through this year's competition.
Ms Grist steps into the co-ordinator role for the first time in 2014, with former co-ordinator Lauren Haskins taking up a judging panel position, along with show sponsor Peter Hodgins from Regal Subaru, and Newcastle Show committee member Camillia Batten.
Ms Grist said being a showgirl helped boost her confidence levels, which helped to drive her career.
She said she was keen to change the misconception that the showgirl competition was a beauty pageant.
"Contestants are judged on personality, confidence, ambition, life goals and knowledge," she said.
Organisers are now calling on female students and professionals aged between 18 and 25 to enter the 2014 Newcastle Advanced School of Beauty Therapy Showgirl Competition.
Major prizes for the winner include accommodation at the Shoal Bay Resort & Spa, a portrait session, spa and beauty products, a six-month hair care package, a champagne and wine package, and a scenic flight over Newcastle.
■ Showgirl entry forms can be downloaded from newcastleshow.com.au/Showgirl.