Universally speaking

Henry Petersen probably googles himself pretty religiously – so if you’re here, reading this Henry – thanks for the mangoes.

Henry Petersen is the promoter behind the “Fashion Bash” an event that sees young girls from Townsville fight it out on the catwalk for modeling supremacy every year – and an event that can now claim to have launched the career of the new “Miss Universe Australia” – Rachel Finch.

Henry apparently spotted her at the airport.

When you’re talking about shameless self promotion in Townsville, Henry Petersen takes the cake. He’s everywhere. He made national news for his “wife hunt” a few years back (his story is at the bottom of this link), he repays locally bestowed favours with fruit grown on his farm – and he relentlessly plugs his events with terribly worded emails. I’m sorry Henry. If you’re reading this. They truly are terrible. He once requested recognition at our tourism awards for his outstanding contribution – comparing himself to Peter Brock and Steve Irwin weeks after they died saying it was a shame accolades are so often dished out posthumously.

Well, now he’s a success again. In the news for all the right reasons. As a model scout. A teen model scout.

And Townsville is on the map. As a place capable of producing a Miss Universe Australia (MUA). Not sure if this little description of Townsville from the new MUA is productive or not as far as marketing northern Australia’s “largest city” goes…

Coming from such a small town it’s not only somewhere to grow up that’s naturally beautiful but you really learn the value of growing in that small community and you get a lot of support and love and you can take that in your heart and take that to a bigger city or move on with your life and your career and really make a change.

Yes, we’re all only here so that we can leave. Thanks Rachel.


Leah says:

One of my best friends went to school with her. The night she was crowned Miss Universe Australia, my friend left a message along these lines on my facebook wall…. “One of the most horrible, bitchiest girls I went to school with just got crowned Miss Australia. Boooo. I don’t want her representing my country with all her fakeness.”