Sydney’s Nining Santos won the 2017 Fit Bikini Model Extravaganza grand final at Brisbane’s Pullman Hotel on Sunday (July 30th).
Nining defeated Valeria Sizova (Sydney – second place) and Katerina Lanshakova (Gold Coast -third place) while Brisbane’s Kristin Peasey won Miss Photogenic and Sydney’s Jessica Gillett won Miss Girlfriend. Nining was the first of seven girls to appear in the three round grand final, divided into Fitness Wear, Evening Gown and Bikini. The judges were Ken Ross from FlexR6 (one of the major sponsors), vegan fitness model Crissi Carvalho and health and fitness professional Kirri Wood.
Stefanie Reid (Gold Coast) and Kerensa Wall (Brisbane) rounded out the grand final lineup.
The grand final celebrated body positivity, the benefits of staying active and stepping outside your comfort zone (“fitness is good for mental health”, “the more you movie, the better you feel”, “healthy addiction to active living”), backed by a soundtrack of Rihanna, Oasis, Florence and the Machine and Coldplay.
The small but vocal crowd at the Pullman Hotel enjoyed the grand final, cheering on their favourite finalists as they walked down the catwalk.