You competed at the Miss Galaxy Australia Pageant. Can you tell me more about the organization?
Australia Galaxy Pageants crowns Miss Teen Galaxy Australia, Miss Galaxy Australia and Mrs. Galaxy Australia each year. It was founded in 2011 by Lucinda Ferguson. The organization aims to provide the motivation and tools for all delegates to become the best possible version of themselves, to become role models to their peers, their family and their community, be that through charity work, involvement within the community, volunteering, overcoming fear or gaining more confidence. They consider their delegates family, and encourage them always to reach their potential, whilst creating memories and friendships that last a lifetime.
What does it feel like to be a beauty queen and wear a crown?
To me, being a beauty queen and wearing a crown makes me feel as if I have achieved something great and makes me proud of all the hard work I have put to earn it.
What qualities of a queen do you believe you have always had in you?
Qualities of a queen I believe I have always had in me are passion, I am dedicated and put in so much effort in the things I enjoy doing in life, such as dancing and educating young children. I also believe I have always had empathy and kindness in me, which is one of the most important qualities you need as a queen.
What inspired you to walk on the course of beauty pageants?
I have always wanted to help people overcome the negative effects cancer can have on people’s emotions, as this illness has effected my life dramatically and the experience has helped shape the strong women I am today. I want to let people know that all though it seems like it’s such a hard thing to have to deal with, you don’t have to deal with it alone and you need to look at the positives and believe that you can’t let a disease like this stop you from having a happy life. That is what inspired me to walk on the course of beauty pageants, to be able to help give me a voice people will listen to.
Did you face any moment of disappointment with yourself during the pageant journey, and how did you overcome it?
When I first got to the pageant my confidence was set back so much, because all these girls I was competing against were so beautiful, tall, slim, had previous pageant experience, and I was this little 19-year-old girl from Ballarat competing in her first pageant. I overcame this setback with the help of my friend Kelly Owens, she was also a Victorian representative and she just kept reminding me that if I’ve made it to the National Finals than the judges must have seen something in me and it doesn’t matter what you look like on the outside, your personality and qualities you possess are what make you beautiful at the end of the day.
How has competing in pageants shaped you to be the person you are today?
Competing in pageants have made me so happy and proud to be me no matter how many flaws I have. Pageants have taught me to take every opportunity I get in life and to put in 110% into everything I do. They have taught me to always see the good in people and that the way you talk about someone reflects how you are as a person not them.
How would you inspire those who are deemed not beautiful or not perfectly shaped?
For me beauty is within, it doesn’t matter where you come from or what you look like, if you’ve got a good heart than you’re beautiful. For people who are suffering from insecurities they have about their appearance, I just say look at me, I’m 6’3, I’m bigger than the stereotypical beauty queen and model, but I wouldn’t want to be anyone else. We only get one body in this life and we’ve just got to own it and be happy and grateful that we’re healthy.
Who is your favorite beauty queen?
My favorite beauty queen is Olivia Culpo. She is one of the most down-to-earth, relatable, non-stereotypical beauty queens I’ve ever met and she does everything in life with a smile on her face and an open heart.
Olivia Culpo at the press conference of the 2012 Miss Universe Pageant