by Matisse Walkden-Brown
GOLD Coast model Jessica Lawson will be swapping her stilettos for dancing shoes when she heads for Paris’s famous Moulin Rouge.
At 16, Jessica went through the normal process for prospective dancers at the prestigious French cabaret by auditioning and was quickly given the Moulin Rouge nod of approval at the time.
But at 18, when dancers are allowed to take up their position in the troupe, she took the unique step of putting off joining the iconic cabaret for another year due to her hectic schedule as one of Queensland’s most sought after fashion models.
‘‘It just was not the right time,’’said the 19-year-old.
‘‘I was modelling full time between Germany, Brisbane and Sydney and I was extremely torn between the two professions.’’
‘‘Every few months they would email me and this year I finally said ‘yes’. ‘I still love modelling but decided dancing for the Moulin Rouge was a one-off opportunity.”
‘‘I have done every kind of dancing but I have always loved show-style dancing and always wanted to be a showgirl.’’
Jessica said although she was a little nervous about the approaching workload she was excited about returning to a fitness based lifestyle.
‘‘Having grown up on the Gold Coast, I love being active. I have missed the physicality of dancing,’’ she said.
‘‘I saw the show (in Paris) last year. It was amazing. The beautiful costumes, beautiful concert dancers, it is so entertaining. I am very excited.’’
The Robina model said the move to the ‘romance capital’ in April would not be scary because two other Gold Coast girls were dancing at the Moulin Rouge.