Event Review: Mrs. Universe Official 2022

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Thirteen worthy queens were crowned on Sunday, December 26, 2021, as a lead-up to next year’s International Grand Finals, and the coronation night turned out to be a smashing success!

The Mrs. Universe Official Australia 2022 coronation night went down at Dockside, Darling Harbour. This year’s cream of the crop for Mrs. Universe Official Australia consisted of Lili Cao, Rukeshma Sharma Lata, Joanna Gunay, Patricia Singh, Vannet Meas, Debasrita Mukherjee, Susan Turner, Cheryl Tarrant, Tanya Sreepattha, Kimanh Dinh, Monique Cantalejo Rivera, Christine Escalante and Ceres Calizo Ledesma.

This year’s coronation night also included the crowning of Little Mr/Miss Australasia Official, Sydney’s Best Dressed 2021, and The Australian Golden Sash Awards 2021, plus a glimpse into the 2021 Cover Models of StarCentral Media Group.

Following a three-hour showdown of environmental speeches, gowns, glams, and game-changing questions, here’s how things turned out for this year’s hopefuls:

Mrs. Universe Official 2022 Awardees

Joanna Gunay – Mrs. Universe Official Australia (Top performer, Best in Catwalk, Best in Swimwear, Mrs Chocolate Day Spa 2022)
Debasrita Mukherjee – Mrs. Universe Official India (First runner up, Mrs. Seacret Direct)
Susan Turner – Mrs. Universe Official Central Australia (Second runner up, Mrs. Model of the year)
Lili Cao – Mrs. Universe Official Vietnam (Miss Congeniality, Mrs. Universe Official Charity Princess)
Rukeshma Sharma Lata – Mrs. Universe Official Fiji
Patricia Singh – Mrs. Universe Official Central Fiji
Vannet Meas – Mrs. Universe Official Cambodia
Cheryl Tarrant – Mrs. Universe Official Central Asia (Best in Introduction, Best in talent, Mrs. Universe Official Charity Queen)
Tanya Sreepattha – Mrs. Universe Official Thailand (Best in evening gown)
Kimanh Dinh – Mrs. Universe Official Central Vietnam (Mrs. Entrepreneur)
Ceres Calizo Ledesma – Mrs. Universe Official Southeast Asia (Best in Interview)
Monique Cantalejo Rivera – Mrs. Universe Official Philippines
Christine Escalante – Mrs. Universe Official Asia

Special Prizes by Sponsors

Joanna Gunay – $1000 cash prize and $3,000 worth of products courtesy of Seacret Direct Australia
Debasrita Mukherjee – $2,000 worth of products courtesy of Seacret Direct Australia
Susan Turner – $1,000 worth of products courtesy of Seacret Direct Australia

All the Mrs. Universe Official candidates received a Seacret Direct signature product – Bio shield complex worth $1,400. A further Seacret Direct giveaway product worth $400 was also given away during the pyjama party at Chocolate Day Spa. A massive thank you to Seacret Direct Australia for sponsoring the official Mrs. Universe Official Christmas party.

The 2021 Australian Golden Sash Awardees (Australasia Official)

Candice Tarrant – Charity queen of the year
Doreen Miller – Most promising queen of the year
Caitlyn Cutler – Royal beauty queen of the year
Natasha Karibatau- Global queen of the year
Patricia Singh – Most promising queen of the year
Thanya Sreepatta- Ambassador queen of the year
Rukeshma Sharma Lata – Ambassador queen of the year
Kimanh Dinh – Ambassador queen of the year
Ailexah Faye Bigornia – Global queen of the year
Rica Lee Calimag Tayag – Beauty queen of the year
Jamie Rose Griffiths – Universal queen of the year
Aaliyah Rose Robertson – Universal queen of the year
Poonam Rani – Humanitarian queen of the year
Maria Hall – Beauty queen of the year
Jolle Bruce – Royal beauty queen of the year
Analieze Bella Newton – Charity queen of the year
Jodie Mare Hudson – International Queen of the Year
Ceres Calizo Ledesma – Ambassador queen of the year
Seeyan Ricardo – Mr. International
Fred Ledesma – King fashionista of the year
Celso Salubre – Universal king of the year
Chloe Lofthouse – Beauty queen hall of fame
Jojo Sebastian – Global king of the year, King of the year and Pageant host hall of fame.

The 2021 Australian Golden Sash Awardees (Maxine Simmons)

Michelle Walker
Monique Leru Lane
Samantha Talacola
Anu Calcarni
Renny George
Saritha Mudalyor
Rosemin Safiq
Rosina Nisha
Amit Singh

The 2021 Sydney’s Best Dressed Awardees

Adele Kelly
Johanna Smith
Candice Tarrant
Cheryl Tarrant
Tanya Sreepattha
Maria Hall
Jaime Rose Griffiths
Chloe Lofthouse
Patricia Singh
Rukeshma Lata Sharma
Reny George
Lili Cao
Kimanh Dinh
Analieze Bella Newton
Fred Ledesma
Ceres Calizo Ledesma
Jojo Sebastian
Robbie Canner

Multicultural Business Awardees 2021

Margaret Cowan – The president of the Cook Island Community
Maryrose Salubre – Founder of Mrs. Universe Official
Joanna Gunay – Multicultural Ambassador
Cheryl Tarrant – Multicultural Ambassador
Adele Kelly – Multicultural Business Entrepreneur

Millionaires Alliance Business Awardees 2021

Adele Kelly
Johanna Smith
Marilou Bautista
Annie Gonzales
Louisa Nifmed

Little Mr and Miss Australasia Official Titleholders 2021

Candice Tarrant – Junior Australasia Official (Best in Production Number, Best in talent)
Maria Hall – Little Miss Australasia Universal (Best in Catwalk)
Isabel Fernandes – Miss Teen Australasia Official (Miss Photogenic)
Katherine Miller – Little Miss Australasia Worldwide (Best in Gown)
Ailexah Faye Bigornia – Little Miss Australasia Global (Darling of the Crowd)
Seeyan Ricardo – Little Mr. Australasia Official (Social Media Award, Best in Summer Wear)

Miss Australasia Official Titleholder 2021

Alina Xie – Miss Australasia Official and Miss International Official

Producers of Event:

Maryrose Salubre – Producer
Vicky Yen Chew – Co-Producer

Mrs. Universe Official Major Sponsors

Ms Entertainment – Maryrose Salubre
Millionaires Alliance – Vicky Yen Chew
The Property Investors Alliance – Justin Wang
Seacret Direct Australia
Multicultural Business Centre

Mrs. Universe Official Secondary Sponsors

Chocolate Day Spa – Miriam Scott
Adele Kelly
Johanna Smith
Mia Zhang
Geronimo & Associates – Linda Geronimo Santos
Andre’s Automotive
Villoni – Churlya Wurfel

Mrs. Universe Official Media Partners

StarCentral Magazine
TV1 Australia
TV1 News

Mrs. Universe Official Judges

Floraine Lombardo
Robbie Canner
Maryrose Salubre
Mark Hunt
Johanna Smith

Chief Marketing Officer & Advisor

Brian Worrell Frugtniet

Official MC

Jojo Sebastian

Special VIP Guests

Consul General of East Timor – Hon Luciano Valentim da Conceixao
Margaret Cowan, President of Cook Islands Community

Mrs. Universe Official Production Crew

Marc Baylon
Marlon Quijano
Eileen Maynigo
Jenny Hu
Maddy May

Mrs. Universe Official Crew

Beth Lofthouse
Jhaine Arcan Estorque
Adele Kelly
Annie Gonzales

Mrs. Universe Official Sash Presenter

Poonam Rani

Official Photographers

Dave Choo
James Mao
George Azmy
Victor Hawk
Shrirang Khandekar
Aleksandr Eremeev

Official Videographer

Foxdean Pictures

Magazines

Mrs Universe
Mrs Universe Australia
Ms Entertainment
Sydney Best Dressed
Australian Golden Sash Awards

Meet The Entrepreneur Behind The Cover Of The December 2021 Issue Of Mrs Universe Magazine: Maryrose Salubre

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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 national director of several pageants. She evolved from a beauty pageant contestant into a national director. She is the founder of Salubre Models Inc and has seen the rapid growth of the four pageants under the Australasia Official banner – Miss Teen/Miss/Mr/Mrs. Australasia. She’s also the current national director of Mrs. Universe Australia and the founder of The Australian Golden Sash Awards and Sydney’s Best Dressed.

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. Maryrose was not idle when Typhoon Yolanda swept through her hometown of Bunga, Leyte, in 2013 and heavily damaged the Bunga National High School and Bunga Elementary School. 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 the 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 shine an even bigger spotlight on domestic violence. She wants to break down the stereotype of pageants being all about beauty and show that they 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.

Maryrose wants to go global, and her plans are big – Guinness World Records-big. She longs to see children housed adequately 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.

Introducing The 2022 Mrs. Universe Australia Finalists

Mrs. Universe Australia provides a platform for the country’s most beautiful, confident, and honourable women to compete for the Mrs. Universe Australia title. Mrs. Universe Australia is a unique organization that provides a platform where all women are represented and supported. The Mrs. Universe Australia finalist must be between the age of 18 to 55, have a family, have her own career, and be involved with a significant cause in favour of other people. The Mrs. Universe pageant is not just open to married women, it’s also open to divorced or widowed women. The idea that unites them is the motto “against violence” which in different years covers different causes. Past finalists have gone on to use their platforms to advocate for significant world issues as well as build successful careers.

After passing regional screenings, 10 finalists were selected to compete for the Mrs. Universe Australia 2022 title. Below is the list of candidates:

Lili Cao

Lili Cao is a 42-year-old entrepreneur who hails from Greenvalley – she was originally born in Nha Trang Vietnam, and she’s a self-employed lash beautician. She speaks English and Vietnamese, she’s a mother to three beautiful children, she loves running businesses, she loves the outdoors, and enjoys all kinds of sports. She’s very friendly and she loves to be part of the community to contribute in a humanitarian way or work with people to be their best as much as possible. She also strongly believes that the future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.

Rukeshma Lata

Rukeshma Lata is a proactive woman that comfortably juggles between her career, her two teenagers, community involvement, and being a socialite. She’s a fashionista and always have been since she was a child. Her passion for fashion has led her to many ramp walks as a model and through joining pageants, she wants to make a difference in the world through social justice causes such as inequality and discrimination. She grew up in Fiji and then moved to New Zealand before coming to Australia in 1998. Coming from a family where volunteering your time for the community was a natural thing to do – As soon as she arrived in Australia, she started the same here. She’s a volunteer for Rural Fire Service with Macarthur Catering, Middleton Grange Station, and her love for cooking and having her own page called Cook’s Creations is where she inspires many people about healthy cooking and ethnic foods. In fact, this is what led her to join the catering team at RFS. Supporting child orphanages is something she’s also passionate about as it gives her so much satisfaction to show empathy and kindness towards the less fortunate. She supports girls and boys orphanages in Fiji and Nepal and she’s happy that her children have taken on the role of ambassadors for these orphanages and support them through clothes, stationery, and money.

Joanna Gunay

Joanna Gunay is a 33-year-old, proud wife and mother of 2 beautiful children. She was born in the Philippines and raised here in Sydney, Australia. Joanna is a graduate from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor in Oral Health – she’s currently working in an Orthodontic practice in Castle Hill. Her passions include health, fitness, and well-being, and she loves to spend time outdoors being active. During her reign as Miss Philippines-Australia in 2012, Joanna represented the Australian-Filipino community through various social and charity events both here in Australia and in the Philippines. She started modelling after being scouted by an agency and since then has worked with different photographers, she has also walked the runway for various well-renowned designers. It is her advocacy to promote awareness of the plight of women and children suffering domestic violence and help create change. She believes that true beauty exudes from within and would like to use this platform to inspire and empower other women to value their self-worth.

Patricia Singh

Patricia Singh is a 33-year-old Fiji Indian living in Sydney, Australia. She’s a proud mum of two and she’s a nurse who’s currently finishing up her laboratory skills studies – she’s also got an account and leadership background. Patricia is a makeup artist as well which is her personal hobby apart from doing charity work for her beloved Fiji at Fiji blind school and other non-profit organisations in Sydney. She loves supporting charity events and her platform is advocating domestic violence as well as its effects on mental health. She’s very privileged to be part of Mrs. Universe Australia – meeting new challenges and getting support from her director and her lovely queen sisters.

Monique Cantalejo Rivera

Monique Cantalejo Rivera, with an inspiring story of struggle and success, is an accomplished entrepreneur, wife to Engineer Joven V. Rivera, and a loving mom to Nicoh Jovelyn and Johan Patrick as well as an ardent advocate of children’s welfare and protection and volunteer charity worker through Onessimo Foundation. She is not a newbie in pageant competition having participated in Eat Bulaga’s Beautiful Girl in 2002 and won as Dream Girl 2nd runner-up. She also holds the title of Mrs. South East Asia a few years back before becoming Mrs. Universe Philippines Laguna 2021. Aside from her family, her greatest motivation in joining pageants is not the allure of fame that goes with the crown, but the platform it gives and the bridge it builds between her and the generous people and corporate sponsors willing to lend a helping hand and those children in difficult and vulnerable situations.

Vannet Meas

Vannet Meas is a 39-year-old hard-working mother of two beautiful girls. She comes from a Cambodian/Chinese background and she has a degree in Fashion Design and Aged care. Her passion at the moment is caring for the elderly and those with a disability. She decided to follow her heart and work as a Disability Support Worker to support herself and her family. She can speak Khmer, Thai, and English. She’s proud to be part of Mrs. Universe Australia 2022 and she would like to encourage others to fulfill their dreams and to believe that if you put your mind to it you can achieve your goals in life. She wants to set a good example for her children to follow and empower other women like herself and let them know that no matter what we have been through we can come out stronger and better. In her free time, she loves travelling and going on adventures, and spending quality with her family.

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Christine Escalante

City of Manila’s Christine Escalante is a proud mother of three beautiful children. Also, a successful lady who owns several firms such as Custech Contact Center Philippines (a BPO), GVHR Trading, and Construction to name a few. A multi-faceted and talented queen, she is also a freelance commercial model and movie actress under Star Magic and current host of ATC International at TV 31. A philanthropist at heart, Chrizzie as she is fondly called, is an active officer of different socio-civic organizations such as VP of Wanita Filipina, an organization that aims to empower women, President of League of Empowered Women in the Philippines that aims to support domestic women in their mental, spiritual and emotional needs and lady queen of WCEA or World Council of Educators Association, which is a charity organization for professionals, helping children, the elderly and people with disability.

Debasrita Mukherjee

36-year-old Debasrita Mukherjee is a mother of a 10-year-old gymnast, a wife, and the dutiful daughter of two beautiful souls, who has taught her great life lessons. She feels life is too short to be good at one thing. Hence, she’s an HR professional working for an esteemed organisation in Sydney. She’s also a Bollywood, Indian classical, and belly dancer as well as a plus-size model and an influencer. She’s an advocate of mental health awareness as well and she strongly stands for women’s rights, empowering them and creating domestic violence awareness.

Susan (Sue) Turner

Susan (Sue) Turner came from a wonderful family with a mother who was a head nurse and a beauty queen. When Sue was only seven years old, she won the little miss MS multiple sclerosis pageant; this started her journey towards her passion as a beauty queen. From there, she worked tirelessly with her mother in many charities. Some of the charities she supports include Domestic violence association Sydney, MS multiple sclerosis, Child’s vision Australia, Breast cancer foundation, Wesley Mission, Salvation Army, Cystic fibrosis foundation, Starlight foundation, and Destiny Rescue. She is the director of Crimes Against Humanity Missing Persons Australia and has worked alongside the justice system to help prevent criminal activities. Sue is a global mentor within the pageant industry to all beauty queens worldwide as a featured public figure influencer. She has also won many awards as a beauty queen including Mrs. Global World International, Mrs. Earth Air Australia 2017, Mrs. International Global Australia 2018, Mrs. International Global Australia 2018, Humanitarian International 2018, Woman of the World 2018, and AGSA’s International Beauty Queen of the year 2019. Sue is currently the CEO of GEQ (Global Elite Queens) magazine and Global Elite Media Group and her vision is to give voice to those who inspire to become the best they can be in their industry.

 

 

 

Meet Our 2021 Mrs. Universe Australia, Woman Of The Universe And Mrs. Classic Universe Philippines

As we’re sure you’re already aware, the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has led to a need for social distancing to help prevent the spreadThe need for social distancing and self-isolation has meant that bringing large groups of people together isn’t viable right now. For this reason, we’ve made the difficult decision to postpone the Mrs. Universe Australia coronation night and instead, just choose a representative to compete in the 2021 Mrs. Universe international pageant to be held in South Korea this November. While we know this is disappointing, we hope you understand this is a necessary step to help keep each other safe in these unprecedented times.

As you may well be aware, the government has called on the public to stop gathering to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, and so it wouldn’t be responsible for us to go ahead with the Mrs. Universe Australia coronation night at this time. We hope you can join us at Mrs. Universe Australia on the rearranged date of potentially October 31 which is a lead-up to the 2022 Mrs. Universe International pageant to be held here in Sydney.

We’ll keep you posted if anything changes, and please feel free to get in touch if you have any questions or concerns via info@msentertainmentnetwork.com. In the meantime, we’d like to introduce our Mrs. Universe Australia 2021, Woman Of The Universe 2021, and Mrs. Classic Universe Philippines 2021.

Mrs. Classic Universe Philippines 2021 – Ceres Ledesma

Ceres Ledesma originally hails from Aklan, Philippines – she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and she used to be a teacher in the Philippines. 

Her passion for runway and beauty pageants can be traced back to her prime years in the Philippines. She was a dance trainer, a beauty contender, a model of “Modas De Ayer” of Moseo De Aklan, as well as a model of Faces Asia Philippines in the ’80s – she was recently crowned as Mrs. Classic Universe Philippines 2020. At present, she works as a front liner at the Douglas Hanly Moir Pathology receiving specimens and coding COVID-19 samples. 

Outside of work, her living name is Ceres, the goddess of agriculture. She indulges herself in gardening and flower arrangement, and she loves dancing and traveling too.

Woman Of The Universe 2021 – Cheryl G. Tarrant

Cheryl G. Tarrant is a 35-year-old, married beauty queen and a mother of one. She was born in Iloilo, Philippines, and she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing at the University of Iloilo, Philippines. She was also the champion in the inter-department dancesport (Latin category) out of the entire University. Some of her past titles include being crowned as the Campus Queen ‘98 of Miagao East Central Elementary School (Iloilo, Philippines), coming 1st runner up at the Miss CAT pageant 2001 of SIPC-WVCST Miagao Laboratory high school, and was the former queen and the lead dancer who won as the Grandslam Champion – Tribe Daplong of SIPC-WVCST Miagao high school of Salakayan Festival (Iloilo, Philippines). She was also a model of Alta Moda Haute couture (Iloilo, Philippines) and has performed at various concerts around Aged Care facilities to help fund Dementia Australia. As an Aged Care worker, she is promoting her advocacy to Elderly Care because she believes that they have contributed to the core of what we have right now.  

Mrs. Universe Australia 2021 – Kristine Tootsie Aseron Santos

Kristine Tootsie Aseron Santos is a mother of 3, model, pageant, and runway coach of #tootsierollwalk. She has been involved in charitable work helping people that are struggling right now and she has been feeding homeless people in the Philippines. In fact, she went to the Philippines last January and gave relief to the victims of the Taal volcano eruption. She’s also still fundraising up to this day to assist the people who’ve been struggling right now due to COVID 19.

Coming Soon: Mrs. Universe 2020 Down Under

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.

Where: TBC

When: TBC

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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