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.
To provide integrity in the judging of the categories, National Directors are typically invited to nominate beauty queens who have competed in their respective pageant systems in the specified categories. Entries are usually judged by the entire pageant community. You must be a National Director, a titleholder, or a beauty pageant contestant to be eligible to vote.
This annual event is the first of its kind in Australia. The ceremony is brought to you by MS Entertainment Network in collaboration with StarCentral Magazine.
Unfortunately for 2020, biosecurity measures and travel restrictions have been put in place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Thus, Australia’s borders were closed and sadly, other National Directors and beauty queens from interstate and overseas were unable to join our 2020 celebration.
On a happy note, the 2020 Australian Golden Sash Awards was a sold-out event and we’d like to thank our major sponsors for this event: Sanjiv Bhalla’s Elite Supermodel Australia and St. Patrick’s College Australia. Thank you for continually supporting our projects.
The first-ever Sydney’s Best Dressed finally had its official event last year and it was definitely a night to remember!
Set against the backdrop of Sir Stamford Circular Quay, Sydney’s Best Dressed brought together beauty queens, fashionistas, entrepreneurs, and stunning models from all over Sydney as well as sponsors and several high profile individuals. Fabulously facilitated by the StarCentral team, it was an amazing event where fashion, pageantry, and the elite members of the community came together as one. Sydney’s Best Dressed honoured men and women of distinction who were selected for their accomplishments, achievements, services, excellence, and fashion sense.
Congratulations to the CEO of Sydney’s Best Dressed Maryrose Salubre for pulling off an incredible night – it was an amazing effort in a spectacular setting. Congratulations also to all the beautiful and dashing awardees.
Check out some of the amazing photos from the event below courtesy of George Azmy:
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 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:
What: This prestigious international pageant believes that physical beauty is just a part of of the whole allure of a person. Its award is for the most honorable married woman. According to its rules she must age 25 to 45, has a family, has her own career and involved with a significant cause in favour of other people.
That is why every year this international event takes 7 to 10 days. During that period the married women from different countries are involved in different initiatives.
The idea that unites them is the motto “Against violence” which in different years covers different causes.
2009 was devoted to children and young women who are abandoned or suffer home violence. Representatives of different countries shared their experience in that field and many of them started a good cooperation lasting through the hole next year in different projects.
2010 was devoted to ” Women of the world against violence and human trafficking”.
The idea of all this international event and the activities going through the hole year is that mature women, who have already achieved a lot in their life, who have built their own families, have become mothers themselves, who are indepedent, due to their own efforts, are the women who can use their beauty for the sake of a big cause.
In this aspect it is obvious that beauty is just a small part of the hole allure of a women deserving to be honored. So we leave it for the final night. For that reason we also invite the members of the jury to be with the delegates though their hole stay and follow their steps to get a view of their personality too.
Another idea of the event is to show the host country and the people living there that they deeply believe that getting in touch with new places, culture and people will make the most honorable women real ambassadors of the country they have been to for these 10 days. The way they organize the event aims to be interesting for the participants and aims to help them make friends instead of concurrency.
What: A prestigious event honouring the men and women of distinction who were selected for their accomplishments, achievements, services, excellence and fashion sense.
Where: IAS Auditorium 126 Greville St, Chatswood
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.
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.
Visit Kat Eyes Promotions at: http://www.kateyes.com.au
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.