For 30 years I have been working in the modelling and television industry.
In 1976 I walked on to Scarborough Beach in Perth, Western Australia to enter my first beauty pageant not realising I would be on the world stage by November that same year.
The title I won was Miss West Coast, a beach girl competition run by a local television station. From there I was automatically entered in to the Australasian Beach Girl competition in March. Beach girls from all around Australia travelled to Perth to compete for the title. Winning this title entered me in to another beauty competition; the Quest of Quests. This quest was to find entrants for 5 beauty competitions around the world.
They included an Australian entrant for Miss Universe and Miss World. I was chosen to go to London in November to compete for the title of Miss World 1976 and also chosen as Australia’s Golden Dream Girl.
So in November I jetted to London to the Britannia Hotel and then on to the stage of Albert Hall to be watched by millions of people around the world. On the 18th November 1976  I became the first runner-up to Miss World, an amazing year to remember.
Living in London for a further two years gave me a chance to work with some of the best photographers in the world including one of my favourite people, Patrick Litchfield. Sadly Patrick is no longer with us but his work lives on and the memories of lots of laughter and beautiful images will remain.
After returning to Australia in 1978 I began my television career with channel 9 in Sydney and was the first presenter of the NSW lotto draw which I continued for 12 years before semi-retirement to look after my three children. Over the years I have worked on many shows in television including The Paul Hogan Show and The Young Doctors.
This story is only part of an interesting life of modelling and presentation work. Over the years that followed I have enjoyed the so called “Glamorous Life” both in modelling and television. It has been a great learning curve for me and the personal skills that I’ve learnt have made me the person I am today.
I attended my first modelling and deportment course when I was 15 and even today I use the skills I learnt way back then. In today’s busy life we don’t always have someone to teach us the basics of modern etiquette and posture or to help us feel we are confident to become successful in our own right.
My dream is to pass on skills of models and presenters to young people so that they can develop a style of their own. We all have great dreams and will travel in different directions and I hope we can all go forward  trying our best to learn and grow as individuals.
Karen Pini
name: karen pini
star sign: leo
home town: perth australia
career history
tv presenter
radio announcer
beauty titles
Miss West Coast
Australasian Beach Girl
Golden Dream Girl
Miss World Australia
Miss World runner up
lifestyle choices
bikram yoga
beach walking
slow food