The CEO Behind Australasia Official Just Launched Her Very Own Sleepwear Collection

If you’re on the hunt for a pair of go-to isolation pj’s (you know, the ones you can actually wear all day), Australasia Official CEO Maryrose Salubre has the perfect solution for you.

After launching a new skincare product just recently, now, she has delved into the world of sleepwear releasing her debut sleepwear collection. And, you’ll definitely want to trade in your old pj’s for these!

MS Sleepwear comes in three colourways: white, classic black, and pink.

“I love pj’s and I have dreamt of launching a sleepwear collection one day,” Maryrose said in a statement. “I am thrilled to finally announce the launch of the MS Sleepwear collection.”

A number of beauty queens and models attended the launch and it was held at the Rhodes Business Centre. As glasses clinked, and VIP’s chatted – the vibe of the evening was flair, style, and sex appeal. Check out the photos from the launch below courtesy of Dave Choo:

Australasia Official CEO Maryrose Salubre Has Just Launched A New Affordable Skincare Range

Australasia Official and AGSA CEO Maryrose Salubre has officially launched her highly anticipated new skincare range to complement her other current ventures.

PURE is committed to providing premium-quality products based on the best of science and nature. This philosophy includes the avoidance of artificial dyes, colors, flavors, sweeteners, and other potentially harmful ingredients. Ingredients PURE selects for inclusion are natural, derived from natural sources, or made through natural processes. To the best of the company’s knowledge, its products do not contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Products with organic ingredients are listed on labels.

PURE has a simple solution for getting started. It’s called CORE4 and includes HealthTrim® Cleanse, GoYin, Daily Build, and ENERGY. A number of high-profile beauty queens and models attended the launch and it was held at the Rhodes Business Centre. Maryrose’s VIP guests all gathered under one roof to celebrate the official launch of Pure and Cencia which included a mini fashion show and an in-depth speech by Jason Cowland. Scroll down below to see photos from the event courtesy of Dave Choo:

How To Deliver An Authentic Speech That’ll WOW The Judges

Being yourself is easier said than done – especially when you stand before a sea of waiting eyes and bated breaths, bright lights bearing down and heart palpable in your chest. But, if you look back upon those speeches in your lifetime that have made some tangible impact in your memory (and maybe even in your psyche) you’re likely to realise the element that is most crucial for a successful speech. That element is authenticity.

Speaking with truth and passion is the key to winning the hearts and minds of your audience. So, here are some simple tips to help you find authentic self, thereby conveying your message most effectively.

It may feel like a massive deal at the time but being on stage is just a moment in time and your audience (and yes even your judges if you have them) is composed of regular humans, like those you might talk to in a park or café. Sure, it might feel like the tide of people before you are as judgmental as a wrathful god or as hypercritical as the most interrogative hotshot attorney, but they are there to listen and take what you have to say on board.

There really is no logical reason why you shouldn’t behave in the manner that you normally would in everyday life – in a composed, cordial and very real and unrehearsed fashion. Certainly, there will be a lot of preparation that would have gone into your script, but the delivery needs to sounds spontaneous and natural. It needs to sounds like your thoughts are flipping and bubbling, smoothly and freshly from your your mind and onto your tongue.

How can you achieve this? You need to talk about something that you are truly passionate about. If you are debating you need to find your passion for your particular side of the argument. Actually, it’s not about impressing people. It’s about saying something that actually means something to you. Giving a speech is akin to giving a performance. The best actors become the sum of their character’s motives and passions. Similarly, you have to become the very essence of your message, of your speech. Yes, you will be performing, but, remember that the best performances come from a place of truth.

What I am saying here (to go all Zen) is that you need to be in the moment. Taking several deep slow breaths before stepping on stage really should be a part of any speaker’s routine. Breathing helps to quieten a racing mind and slow the heart rate. Remember to smile. Think of something genuinely funny and you won’t have a problem (a “plastic smile” is never the best look). Remember, if your nerves surface or you do take a little blunder that you can always employ humour. A little joke can be your best friend. That being said, do remember to always respect yourself and your ideals. When delivering a speech, it is generally not the time for too much self-deprecation.

Another way to get in the zone is to listen to your favourite song or an episode of your favourite TV show (on your phone or tablet etc.) before your speech. It may sound corny (like listening to Eye of the Tiger in Rocky Balboa fashion) but it can take you right out of your headspace and give you a more relaxed perspective.

The most important advice that I can give relates to your intention. Hold this in the cornerstone of your mind and heart when delivering your speech. This is how you will retain focus. You have chosen to give a speech for a reason. It may be to enact change, it may be to win a competition, but, clearly, there is something you have set out to achieve and there is a core message that you need to express.

Keep your eye on the prize and ride this energy to the finish line. You’ll be enjoying the elation of an accomplished delivery and be on your way to becoming a seasoned speaker before you know it.

10 Essential Pageant Pointers Every Pageant Hopeful Must Know

Perhaps you’re a seasoned pageant entrant or perhaps you’re looking to break into it all. It helps to know what you’re getting into and to be prepared. We’ve enlisted the assistance of Kate Marsden, owner and director of Kat Eyes Promotions who has actively worked in the industry for over 20 years.

Here Kate sheds some valuable light on the practical aspects of competing in a pageant:

1. Keep your different section items in different bags. Allocate a main bag for all your essential items. You are good to go with no confusion when you need to get changed quickly.

2. Be nice and help others but do not forget to allow yourself adequate preparation time.

3. Always take some make up of your own. The make up session that is allocated to you may go slow or not to plan. Occasionally, the look that the make up artists achieve may not “be you” and you may wish to alter it. Also, if you have a little make up on hand you can do your own last minute touch ups.

4. Don’t be that individual who throws a tantrum. Stay professional and poised at all times. This means when you behind the scenes getting ready as well as on stage. Petty behavior creates an indelibly negative impression.

5. Take your own snacks and water just in case you feel week or nervous or cannot eat what is offered to you on the day.

6. Have back ups on everything e.g. stockings, heels, dresses. If a zip breaks on the day or rip or holes appear, you are covered.

7. Change how you walk for each section. Try to work with your outfit and your music. Generally, it’s more fun and bouncy for the swimwear section and slow and elegant for the evening section.

8. Keep an even pace on stage (don’t let nerves get the better of you and walk too fast) and smile nicely.

9. If you do not win give it another shot next time or just feel great that you tried. Do not let it get you down.

10. Always be true to yourself and act with good will.

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Transformation After Breast Surgery: The Cherry On Top

By Patricia Higgins

Samantha Gascoigne cuts a strong and successful figure: a beaming and fantastically fit mother of five, a network marketing pro and an inspiring personal trainer who has helped many of her clients make startling transformations – both physically and mentally. But, behind all this, Samantha is acquainted with the power of transformation on a much deeper level.

Diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer at age 42, Samantha initially visited her doctor for a routine screening after she was prompted by a strange and prophetic dream. Although she had no symptoms, her gut feeling told her to push ahead with a myriad of tests that did, eventually, lead to the discovery of microscopic cancer.

Following the rigors of a double mastectomy, hysterectomy, chemotherapy, and immunotherapy (plus ongoing hormone therapy) Samantha then faced the news that she should consider removing her nipples as well. After a total of seven operations in just twelve months, she was now healed enough to undergo a nipple reconstruction. Her journey was finally complete when she made the decision to undergo cosmetic tattooing of the areola at ‘The Beauty Spot’ in Burleigh, QLD, Australia.

Samantha speaks highly of her experience with qualified cosmetic tattooist and salon owner Debbie Labes. “I thought I had enough of operations and needles and people prodding and poking, but I’d heard great things about Debbie, so I went to see her and she was very caring and professional. I had no pain during the treatment as she used numbing anesthetic and the results were absolutely phenomenal… to the point where you cannot tell the difference between the reconstruction and tattooing a normal nipple.”

Finding a way to transform a difficult, painful or limiting situation is what empowerment is all about. Whether physical or emotional, scarring seems to be an inevitable part of the human experience. When scars are the result of a surgical procedure they can function as a permanent reminder of pain and loss.

A woman’s self-image can be psychologically linked to the appearance of her anatomy, and in particular to her breasts. Therefore, a missing or scarred areola can be potentially devastating. Cosmetic tattooing is one of the ways to turn this into something positive and beautiful – it can be a powerful way to reclaim a ‘sense of self’.

For Debbie Labes this is one of the most worthwhile aspects of her job. “For me, personally, I find this part of my work to be one of the most rewarding things I do. It’s all about putting you back together so that your outside matches your inside…to give you a sense of normality.”

Samantha’s story (and Debbie’s expertise) form just one of many examples of the work being done to correct mastectomy scars in the wider community and around the world. One such website called P.Ink helps tattoo artists connect with women who are requiring this specialized service. Tattoo artist David Allen comments on the process. “What was clinical became beautiful again… we turned sterile into sensual. We took back control.”

And, over in Canada, artist Shaughnessy Keeley is also doing great things in the field of areola restorative tattooing. She currently operates from ‘Studio Sashiko’ in British Columbia. Some of her more playful motifs include heart shapes, but her more standard hyper-realistic designs “help cancer survivors rebuild a relationship with their breasts”.

It’s important to note that whilst cosmetic tattooing may be readily available, it should only be administered by qualified professionals who have undergone certifiable education, training, and experience. Cosmetic tattooing of the areola should only be performed after approval by a surgeon.

In conclusion, we turn back to Samantha. For this strong, instinct-based woman areola tattooing comprised the final part of her recovery – the ‘finishing touch’ after breast surgery. And, just like a cherry on top of an ice-cream, it was a welcome flourish to her overall sense of normality and the culmination of her personal journey and transformation. For Samantha, and many women like her – this is certainly very well-deserved.

Introducing The Stunning Alyssa Manalo

By: Jenny Aluning

One can never truly underestimate what being in the right place at the right time can do for your future. Alyssa Manalo was taking part in a singing performance when destiny called “I have never thought about trying out for a pageant and I didn’t really know much about pageants, but the lady recommend that I auditioned so I gave it a go.” Little did she know that on June 6, 2015 she would find herself crowned as First Runner Up in the ‘Miss Australasia Official Beauty Pageant’! “I was so overwhelmed and I couldn’t believe that I actually placed since it was my first competition. It was really exciting standing there while I was awarded with a crown and sash in front of family and friends.”

The pageant, established by Maryrose Salubre of Salubre Models International, aims to help empower young women to help others in need. In this, Alyssa will be fulfilling that tenet as she was also named ‘Charity Ambassador for the BNH (Bunga National High School) in Leyte, Philippines which was severely affected by Typhoon Yolanda in 2013. She will not only be raising money and collecting much needed supplies or the school, she will also be traveling there to personally deliver them and to meet the students!

Participating in the pageant definitely found the 17-year old outside her comfort zone. But she warmed to the experience as she was able to “meet new people” and “I like being able to dress up in different types of clothing and styles to express my personality.” She endured the hard slog of hair (“hair styling can hurt sometimes”) and makeup as she found the whole event, and especially her fellow contestants, very interesting “It was great getting to know them, their past experiences and lifestyles. Especially since we had many rehearsals together, we were able to talk to each other frequently.”

While new to beauty pageants, the half-Filipino, half-Maltese has already spent quite some time in the entertainment industry indulging her passion for music. Indeed since winning her crown, Alyssa also performed at the inaugural Mrs Australasia Official Beauty Pageant on October 24. Being in the limelight is never easy and Alyssa has learned to stay grounded by “staying true to myself and I never put on an act. I’m also focused on other aspects of life like school, family and friends.” She’s also learned to “always challenge yourself even if you’re scared of what others will think. I’ve learnt to always try my best and to not let self-doubt or others stop me.”

For now, it is academia that occupies most of Alyssa’s attention. She plans to finish high school and attend university. Never far from her mind though is her love for singing and music. Now, she also has to juggle her new role as Charity Ambassador amongst all of that! But she has the full support of her family behind her and it will not be a surprise if chance and success finds this talented young lady once again.

Find Out More About The Talented Jasmine Henry

By Jenny Aluning

Yes, she’s just 11 years old and yes, she’s barely in her first year in high school. But young Jasmine Henry has not let that stop her from already making a name for herself in the Australian music industry. First taking to the stage at 7 years old, Jasmine has since then been a prolific performer, never failing to impress her audiences with her powerful and soulful voice.

Her time on stage fuels her love for performing. She enjoys it “when my audience connects with me and I can feel their presence when I am singing.” She’s shared the stage with some of the Philippines’ biggest artists such as Piolo Pascual and Martin Nievera, and earlier this year, she was one of the opening acts for YouTube megastar, Gabe Bondoc. In February last year, Jasmine wowed a crowd of 5,000 when she sang the Australian national anthem at a Sydney Kings home game at the QANTAS Credit Union Arena. Sydney Kings’ general manager, Rod Harys and administration manager, Lorraine Landon said: “We are happy to have Jasmine. What a great voice for someone so young!” But what she considers her most memorable performance so far is her birthday concert last year which was held at the Parramatta RSL where she performed Broadway theater star and The Voice Philippines judge, Lea Salonga’s iconic song: ‘On My Own’ from Les Misérables.

For someone so young, Jasmine possesses a mature, sensible and humble attitude with a strong belief in her faith. Strongly supported by her mother and her brother, she says “my mum inspires me to be a better person every day. She believes in my visions and dreams in life.”

There is absolutely no doubt that Jasmine’s music career is taking off. While she is currently working on her album (produced by TrueAmerican Music), Jasmine admits that there has been challenges – “finding the right materials is not easy for a young teen like me. They kept saying it has to be age appropriate.” She is also adding songwriting to her resumé and hopes to include at least one of her own compositions in the album.

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But while her time in the spotlight seems to be ramping up (she has a massive following on both Facebook and Instagram), Jasmine admits that “my studies comes first. I have few amazing offers from here and abroad but then my mum keeps saying take it slow and one day at a time.” Even at 11, the half Filipino/half Australian songbird already knows about the darker side of the music industry. She knows “that haters will hate hate hate” and that she has to remember “that I am beautiful inside out…I have to stay loyal to people who were there from the beginning and never to forget where I came from…I consider beautiful when the person is honest and loyal. Because you know they won’t hurt you and will be with you no matter what. By then, I see Jesus in them.”

Multi-talented Jasmine Henry (who incidentally not only sings, but can make her own soaps, hair care products and lotions using natural ingredients) is a young girl with big dreams in and out of the music industry. She’s expressed that she wants “to be a politician one day so I can help our country especially those who suffers in different forms of abuse and help build a better future to the new generations to come,” and would like to “start my own brand of clothing for kids and teens because I love fashion.” Within music, her album’s release would be a dream come true as well as performing in the Philippines. Another dream is a chance to work with Justin Bieber – “he is a great artist and my ultimate crush, I dream one day to be on stage with him.”

It is distinctly clear that the sky is the limit for this extraordinary young lady. Jasmine Montemayor Henry is definitely one name to watch out for!

The Australian Golden Sash Awards: What Is It All About??

The AGSA (Australian Golden Sash Awards) is a ceremony aimed at showcasing Australian beauty queens who have made the most outstanding contributions to the pageant industry during the year.

National Directors were invited to nominate and vote for men and women who have competed in their respective pageant systems in the specified categories. They were also able to nominate and vote for men and women who belong to other pageant systems whom they feel deserve to be recognized. Pageant kings and queens as well were invited to nominate and vote for men and women whom they feel deserves to be recognized for their platform. All the entries were judged by the entire pageant community. You had to be a National Director, a titleholder or a beauty pageant contestant to be eligible to vote.

This annual event is a first of its kind in Australia. The ceremony is brought to you by the International Beauty Pageant Awards in collaboration with StarCentral Magazine, and the awards are broken down into the following categories:

Beauty Queen of the year

The beauty queens that defined the year as a whole with ubiquitous industry demand and presence. They distinguished themselves by crossing over to the modeling industry via top-tier bookings with some of the best photographers, stylists, and clients earning next-level visibility, while at the same time giving back to the community – making them this year’s foremost star.

Ultimate Role model of the year

The beauty queens who inspire and sets positive examples for other beauty queens as well as members of their community.

Humanitarian of the year

Nothing is more important than giving back to the community, and during the past year, these beauty queens have inspired us all by putting charity first. Devoting their time, energy and status to causes big and small, these women raise awareness and bring hope to those who need it most.

Most Promising Newcomer

The most promising newcomer has had a substantial presence on the pageant and modeling scene, only their careers have just begun to take off in the past several seasons. As a newcomer to the pageant/ modeling industry, these rising stars have racked up coveted campaigns and impressive editorial work in a short period of time and are set to leave a lasting mark on the industry.

International queen of the year

The international queen of the year has had a significant presence on an international beauty pageant. These beauty queens have inspired us all by not only becoming a titleholder here in Australia but also performing well overseas.

LGBT beauty queen of the year

The LGBT beauty queen that defined the year as a whole with ubiquitous industry demand and presence. They distinguished themselves by crossing over to the modeling industry via top-tier bookings with some of the best photographers, stylists, and clients earning next-level visibility, while at the same time giving back to the community – making them this year’s foremost LGBT beauty queen.

Pageant king of the year

The pageant king that defined the year as a whole with ubiquitous industry demand and presence. They distinguished themselves by crossing over to the modeling industry via top-tier bookings with some of the best photographers, stylists, and clients earning next-level visibility, while at the same time giving back to the community – making them this year’s foremost pageant king.

Other Awards

Curve Model of the year, Miss Photogenic of the year, Charity queen of the year, Miss Natural Beauty, Social media queen of the year, Pageant of the year, Pageant Director of the year, Best Pageant Host, Best Pageant Photographer, Best pageant makeup artist, Best pageant hair stylist, Best pageant dress company, and Best Children’s pageant.

Meet The CEO Of MS Entertainment Network: Maryrose Salubre

It is very easy to believe that Maryrose Salubre possesses a Midas touch. Her successes so far have been numerous both on the personal stage and in the pageantry spotlight. She’s a breast cancer survivor and a paralegal. She evolved from a beauty pageant contestant into a beauty pageant queen. She is the founder of Salubre Models Inc and has seen the rapid growth of the 4 pageants under the Australasia Official banner – Miss Teen/Miss/Mr/Mrs Australasia. And after being crowned Mrs Southeast Asia in April 2016, Maryrose travelled to China to compete in Mrs Universe in late August and walked away with the title, Mrs Universe Courage. Maryrose also represented Philippines in the Mrs Classic Universe pageant and walked away with the Mrs Classic Galaxy crown. She’s hoping to compete again in the near future.

The title could not have been more apt for Maryrose. Her achievements have shown her to be a woman of grit, determination and yes, courage. She has used her personal struggles as a springboard for initiatives to help others. After beating breast cancer, she became a fervent advocate for breast cancer awareness. When Typhoon Yolanda swept through her hometown of Bunga, Leyte in 2013 and heavily damaged the Bunga National High School and Bunga Elementary School, Maryrose was not idle. The 4 Australasia Official pageants have all raised funds for breast cancer, BrainStorm (a charity dedicated to research into brain tumours run between Sydney’s Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and the University of Sydney) and for rebuilding of the two Bunga schools as well as providing them with much needed supplies.

Maryrose has definite hopes for her involvement in the Mrs Universe pageant and it’s in keeping with her ever-present goal to be a voice for others who feel powerless. She hopes to bring awareness to the exploitation of animals and animal cruelty, and to shine an even bigger spotlight on domestic violence. She wants to break down the stereotype of pageants being all about beauty and instead, show that it can be a powerful tool in bringing attention to a wide variety of causes. Maryrose also dreams of using her time in the Mrs Universe pageant to open more doors to her work building kindergartens and orphanages not just in her hometown, but in other areas that desperately need them. For now, she’s hoping to raise enough money this coming 26 May to finish the kindergarten in her hometown and she’s also planning a much bigger project in August to further raise funds for her hometown.

Maryrose wants to go global and her plans are big – Guiness World Records-big. She longs to see children properly housed in an environment where they are safe and clean and have the opportunity to attend school. The Salubre legacy will be one of substance, confidence, courage, compassion and a job well done. Maryrose is well on her way to achieving this goal and making it one that will be well remembered and admired.

Character Vs. Beauty: Which One Is More Important??

Defining beauty as a concept is akin to holding sand in your hands. You can grasp at it and you certainly can seem to understand what it looks and feels like, but it is by no means solid. They say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder and this cliché certainly holds true. Approach anyone in the street and ask him or her to explain their ideal of beauty and you will undoubtedly get substantial variations in response. What you might come to discover is that defining beauty is closer to “I know it when I see it”.

It becomes very obvious then that defining beauty is as subjective as one’s taste in music. The search for it has spanned centuries – a relief in the tomb of the Egyptian nobleman Ptahhotep (who lived around 2400 BC) shows him getting a pedicure. Cleopatra wore kohl, a precursor to the modern eyeliner. Incarnations of what is considered ‘beautiful’ has ranged from breath-stealing corsets in the 19th century to achieve a tiny waist to our modern-day gravity-defying, ankle-threatening stilettos.

And that search is an expensive one! According to the National Geographic, in the US in 2015, $6 billion was spent on makeup, $8 billion each on hair and skincare. $20 billion was spent on diet products and services, and billions more on health club memberships and plastic surgery.

But what for? Experts from all different fields have weighed in to define beauty and why we search for it. Studies by anthropologist Don Symons at the University of California at Santa Barbara, and psychologist, David Perrett at St Andrews University in Scotland, all show that men consistently showed a preference for women with smooth skin, larger eyes, fuller lips, and a smaller nose and chin because “all these traits are reliable cues to youth, good health, and fertility.” Essential characteristics we instinctively know (honed over millennia) are vital for continuing the human race. However, that hard-wiring in our brain circuitry can be altered, especially by culture, according to Douglas Yu, a biologist from Great Britain whose studies, for example, found that indigenous tribes in Southeast Peru preferred body shapes regarded as overweight in western culture. “A fuller, evolutionary theory of human beauty must embrace variation,” says Yu.

So, who’s been shaping the modern definition of beauty? That modern definition that has us worshipping Victoria’s Secret models, A-list stars and beauty queens, and has us comparing our bodies to theirs? That has us modifying our eating habits that in an ever-growing number around the world, have resulted in eating disorders? That has us losing our sense of self-worth and self-esteem? It’s so easy to blame the media – magazines, TV, movies – as the culprit. But who buys those magazines, watches those TV shows, goes to the movies?

We do.

In a twisted sort of way, we ourselves have been responsible. What we watch, what we buy has inadvertently shaped what modern society now considers beautiful. So, in recognizing that, can we then be the instruments of change?

I am an aunt to three beautiful little girls and I find myself sometimes terrified when I think of the challenges that face them when they grow up. I was fortunate enough to have grown up surrounded by strong, confident women and in that most essential stage – the teenage years, the high school years – when your perception of yourself in relation to others is shaped, I was blessed to have had a group of friends who couldn’t care less what anybody else thought of them. They were proud of who they were and in the dreams and ambitions, they had for themselves. After high school, I again found myself, in the form of my two best friends and the women in my Christian youth group, with kindred spirits whose values and integrity meant more to them than superficial cares. I look back at those women, grateful that I knew them, and praying that my nieces will have women like them who will stand steadfast against today’s shallow perception of beauty.

When I was researching this article, I decided to have a look at the dictionary’s definition of beauty. According to Merriam Webster, beauty is:

– The quality of being physically attractive
– The qualities in a person or a thing that give pleasure to the senses or the mind.

Now that second part got me thinking… “qualities that give pleasure…” Isn’t that a healthier way of thinking about beauty? I mean, something can be physically attractive or ‘beautiful’ but deadly like a poisonous plant, and in that same vein, someone can be stunningly gorgeous but be a horrible person inside. So, I think instead of aiming to be beautiful, we should aim to be attractive. I mean, let’s face it, There is no way you can look like those models in the magazines. You know why? Because you don’t have the same genes they do, It’s as simple as that.

So, what do I mean about aiming to be attractive? Being attractive means that you’re the sort of person people are drawn to – like two magnets being pulled towards each other. Not drawn to you because of how gorgeous you look, but because they actually want to spend time with you. They are drawn to you because you are a person with a good heart, whose confidence and positive nature is just as irresistible as honey is to a bee. It’s a challenge, yes. And much more difficult for some to achieve than others but that’s what my circle of strong, confident women taught me – that my heart is more important than my face. Because ultimately, when I’m at my most unguarded when the only critic I face is me and I ask: “Do I love me?” and when I can say: “Yes”….that’s when I feel beautiful.