One half of the Dolly competition winners, Karmen Wells, speaks with Focus about the once in a lifetime experience.
Hi Karmen. Tell us how you came to be involved with the Dolly Best Friends Challenge?
My friend Claire and I had always wanted to enter the Dolly Best Friends comp, and this year at the last minute we just said, “Let’s go for it.”
We were lucky enough to be shortlisted in the top 10 pairs of besties and then further to the final 3. We were then given the opportunity to go to Sydney for the challenges.
How did it feel to win, and did you think you had a good chance?
It was such an amazing feeling when we found out we won. Sadly, we weren’t together at the time but we celebrated via the phone. We were esctatic.
All the girls were so beautiful and nice; it was really anyone’s game, plus we still keep in contact with them so we made some new friends as well as having an amazing time.
How did it feel to be published in the magazine with a huge readership?
Claire and I are both avid Dolly readers, and we know what a huge magazine it is. We were so excited to see ourselves in Dolly, as well as a little bit nervous as to what everyone would think of us, but everyone has been so supportive. It’s awesome.
Are you interested in modelling, and what do you hope to do after school?
Modeling has always been an interest of mine, ever since I was little. I’ve never really thought of anything other than pursuing modelling as a career, although I’m interested in journalism and acting as well.
Your best friend Claire has moved to Sydney since winning the competition … tell us a bit more about her.
Claire’s such a great person.
We met each other on the first day of Yr 7 in music class. I think we clicked straight away, and we often get mistaken for twins. I’m myself around her more than I am around anyone else. We know each other inside out.
She’s got such a great personality and never fails to make me laugh. We’ve always talked about our dreams … Claire will be a famous photographer or singer, and I will be modeling. She really is my best friend and to have to chance to show everyone that in a national magazine was amazing.
What is important to you as a teenager?
Being a teenager is definitely tricky, but I think the most important thing is to enjoy it and take everything as it comes and look on the bright side of things.
Health is obviously important to everyone but as a growing teenager I think it’s really important to make sure you look after your body so you can be the best you can, at school as well as socially.
I have amazing friends and family who support me, and so I think surrounding yourself with the right people definitely has a positive impact on your life.
Why do you think people should go for their dreams?
I believe if you really want something enough and you give it your all, you can achieve it. It doesn’t matter where you’re from or what you look like. If you think positive and believe in yourself and what you’re doing, the sky’s the limit.
Who are some people you look up to?
Miranda Kerr has been my role model for a long time. I really look up to the way she looks after her body, how down to earth she is, her Buddhist beliefs and the way she gives young girls support.
My mum, she’s always been there for me and she always knows what to do, so whatever happens I know I can look to her for love and support.
Tell us your beauty regime and secrets?
I guess I don’t really have a beauty regime, but it’s important to treat your body well, because it shows on your skin. I always drink water to keep me hydrated and feeling my best. It’s also really important to cleanse and moisturise your skin daily. It makes you feel clean and glowing.