Charleston, an international model well known in New Zealand for her passion for fashion, horses and charity work, represented New Zealand in the global search for the 'Supermodel of the World' in 1992. She went on to work for the world's top fashion magazines, appearing as the face of Revlon and was voted into FHM's 50 Hottest Dates overseas. Now residing in the Waikato, she is New Zealand's top 'plus size model'.
"I'm very pleased to be asked to be the Cambridge Melbourne Cup Day Racing Ambassador," Charleston said.
"The event will be making a donation to Cambridge Life Skills Institute and the CatWalk Spinal Cord Injury Trust which are wonderful causes. I hope we have great weather and that people join us at the Cambridge Raceway with their picnic baskets or upstairs in the hospitality VIP Lounge."
A passionate horse rider, Charleston has competed from a very young age. Winning state and national titles with her horses overseas, she has recently concentrated more on the administration side of horse riding after a riding accident.
Charleston is a supporter of the CatWalk Spinal Cord Injury Trust, raising funds and awareness for the trust through various events - most recently the Waikato Showing Championships.
First Tuesday NZ Trust chairman Noel Power said it is a coup for the inaugural Cambridge Melbourne Cup Day event to have engaged Charleston as its first-ever ambassador.
"Elizabeth is a perfect choice as ambassador for our event in its first year," Power said. "And we are delighted she has accepted our invitation to come aboard in this capacity. She will be a huge asset, a role model and will ensure the promotion of this community event is taken to even greater heights."
Elizabeth Charleston and her horse Oliver at the Horse of the Year show.
Another item up for auction is a share in a racehorse and service fee to top stallion Keeper that has been donated by Sir Patrick Hogan and Cambridge Stud. The auction will take place at 3pm in the VIP Lounge at the Cambridge Melbourne Cup Day.
There will be a host of events to keep the community entertained throughout the day including a wedding hosted by Auckland's Classic Hits 97.4FM. The party will move from the Cambridge Raceway at 7pm and head into the town of Cambridge at the Onyx Restaurant for the Cambridge Melbourne Cup Day 'After Party'.
Charleston will be wearing hats in CMCD promotional photographs and on race day made by Waikato designer Monika Neuhauser.
It is a busy time for Charleston, who is also currently involved with assisting her parents with the running of Waikato's World (formerly the Waikato A&P Show) that is to be held later this month in Hamilton, and with various roles within the NZ Royal Agriculture Society. She is also preparing to travel with the New Zealand Showing Team to Australia in December for which she is the Team Manager.