Local Planet Beach contestant back from Reno


Photo: Corrie-Lynn Wilkes struts her stuff as she competes in the Ms. Planet Beach International Competition – Submitted

Although she didn’t win at the Ms. Planet Beach International competition, a Fort St. John native got the experience of a lifetime, all while raising hundreds of dollars for people in need.

Corrie-Lynn Wilkes represented Fort St. John as she competed against 75 women at the competition in Reno, Nevada.

The competition was held in late October. The grand prize was a $100,000 franchise modeling contract and $30,000 to open up a Planet Beach Contempo Spa. A contestant representing Newmarket, Ontario won that title.

But, Wilkes ranked third in the "People’s Choice" category, raising more than $700 for charity.

During the competition, people could log onto the pageants website, and vote for their favorite contestant. Voting cost one dollar, and all proceeds were donated to ‘Make It Right’, a charitable foundation founded by Brad Pitt. The money will be used to build sustainable, eco-friendly homes in New Orleans for those who lost their homes as a result of Hurricane Katrina.

Wilkes lives and works in Grande Prairie, as she saves up money to go to college.