In Pictures: The 2020 Australian Golden Sash Awards

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.

Event Review: The FIRST EVER Sydney’s Best Dressed

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:

 

 

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

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.

Visit Kat Eyes Promotions at: http://www.kateyes.com.au

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.

Meet Miss Teen Australasia 2016 Tamara Reynolds

She may be young but Tamara Reynolds has all the hallmarks of a beauty queen. This star in the making made quite the impact on judges and audiences alike during her first foray into the world of pageantry. She has the trifecta down pat – poise, beauty and confidence.

This young and talented individual has a heritage that is both British and Indonesian. Although she’s quite the accomplished marvel, she does enjoy hobbies that would relate to girls her age, such as hanging with friends, the beach, dancing and shopping. One of her favourite things to do is to hit up local markets for cool finds.

However, Tamara is set apart from her peers, displaying a mindfulness that would belong to someone perhaps twice her age. She’s a yoga devotee and practices health living. She’s completely committed to her goal as a pageant queen – to become a role model of substance and virtue.

Miss Reynolds disclosed that it was Dean Marzolla of Aussie Elite that first introduced her to the Miss Teen Australasia Pageant. Mr Marzolla must have been guided by keen instincts in his apt appraisal of Tamara’s star quality. She certainly is a natural when it comes to being on the runway.

“What I like most about beauty pageants is how you can have fun. You only need to be confident and show your personality to the judges and the audience while you are on stage. I have been a dancer and natural performer since the age of 3, and I have always loved the stage. I feel comfortable performing in front of large audiences so I really enjoy doing pageants”, she excitedly tells us.

However, the pageant industry is not for those who have a weak determination. Tamara did have to overcome some of the more stressful elements of preparation. “Whether the food you need to eat, the physical training and, of course, the things you need to do to be ready mentally, it can all be exhausting. Fortunately, I like to be healthy in all of these aspects, I eat superfood, and whenever I can, I exercise and meditate,” she disclosed.

For Tamara, all the hard work did pay off. One of the most rewarding aspects of participating in the Miss Teen Australiasia Pageant were the fond memories and friendships made. When asked what was the most special of them all, she answered, “The most memorable experience of my life as a pageant winner is being introduced to many amazing successful people during networking nights and social events.”

Clearly Tamara’s experience is one that will remain with her for a long time. She learnt a lot of valuable lessons and built her confidence to a whole new level. “I have learned that in life you just have to believe in yourself no matter what, and your confidence will grow over time. You need to be assertive and self-motivated especially in the modeling industry because sometimes you may not be a specific look that a person is going for but you may be perfect for another person,” she sincerely tells us.

Tamara is grateful to her friends and family who had been extremely supportive of her. She says “It feels empowering, fantastic and reassuring to have such a large and strong supportive network behind you!”

This beautiful and brilliant beauty queen looks beyond the crown she is wearing. She disclosed that her future plans are to focus on not only finishing school but also in fulfilling her role as a school captain. She does see herself pursuing a modeling career, but she also wants to keep growing in the other aspects of her life. “Individual growth is so important to me and having a healthy mind, spirit and body. I find the opportunity to spread positivity with others amazing, and I hope that I could be a good role model and influence others to be the best of who they are,” she explained.

Rising Star Spotlight: Introducing Mrs. Universe 2019 Gliselle Ramos

Gliselle Ramos is the eldest of 3 children. She and her family migrated to Australia in 1988 and even though she calls Australia her home, she still left a piece of her heart in the Philippines, where she was originally born.

Gliselle has an MBA in Entrepreneurial Management and a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting. She’s a skilled finance professional, with more than 15+ years of experience, working with both the public and private sectors. She has also passionately offered financial services to not-for-profit organizations. As a founding Director of her own business (Millionaire Earth Angels and NuQueens), Gliselle has acquired outstanding finance knowledge of Start-Ups and SMEs. In addition, her experience offers a comprehensive understanding of the application of business finance that assists businesses to improve their bottom line management.

Gliselle is passionate about Empowering Women in Business. She believes women should be allowed full self-expression. She also believes women should be empowered financially so that they don’t have to put up with toxic relationships because of financial reasons. This is what she’s trying to solve by founding the Millionaire Earth Angels and NuQueens.

Gliselle is also passionate about the victims of domestic violence, children in orphanages and children with cancer. She believes that we, as a society with means should reach out to those who are less fortunate and empower them, not give them a handout but a hand up. Like the old adage “If you give them fish, you feed them for a day but if you teach them how to fish, you feed them for a lifetime”. She also lost a lot of family members from cancer and she believes children with cancer are the most vulnerable and their spirits should be cherished.

Gliselle loves to sing and dance and when she was in her 20s and in fact, she has front acted at few concerts like the Apo Hiking Society, Geneva Cruz and Donna Cruz. She also often get asked to sing at weddings and birthdays by her close friends and family.

Gliselle is currently Mrs. Universe Australia 2019 and she will be competing for Mrs. Universe in Guangzhou, China this December. This is a perfect platform for her because she wants to empower women all around the world, especially those in pageantry to use their voice to speak up about matters they care about and use the platform not only for 1 year, while they’re reigning but for a lifetime. She’s also noticing that a lot of small children are getting involved in pageantry so she would like to bring substance in that space and influence young children not to get caught up in the shallow world of vanity but to make the platform an empowerment to inspire them to be of service as well at a very young age.

Since Gliselle is competing for Mrs. Universe in Guangzhou, China this December, she is organizing her very first Mrs. Universe Australia Grand Ball Dinner Dance Gala to raise funds for her trip.

This year’s event will be held at one of Sydney’s award-winning venues, The Epping Club and MENM Productions together with Australasia Official are proud to host their first-ever Mrs. Universe Australia Grand Ball Dinner Dance Gala at Epping Club’s Grand Ballroom.

Feel the grandeur and luxury, as we all make unforgettable memories that are equally spectacular and breathtaking on Sunday, November 10, 2019. Doors open at 5:30 PM. Dinner will be served at 7:00 PM, followed by a short program at 7:30 PM with live band entertainment, performers and dance.

There will be door prizes, special surprises, as well as an Open Bar (drinks at your own cost). Don’t miss this momentous affair! Please contact Ella Ponce on 0416 754 318 for tickets or for more information.

The Australian Golden Sash Awards Winners 2019: The Complete List

Photo Cedit: Team LifePhotos

The 2019 AGSA (Australian Golden Sash Awards) was recently held on Saturday at the City Tattersalls Club, and hundreds of Australian beauty queens graced the prestigious red carpet much to the delight of keen photographers and various media personalities. The event was a joint collaboration between StarCentral Magazine and MS Events Group – wherein MS Events Group was the main producer of the event while StarCentral was the media partner.

The 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. This annual event is a first of its kind in Australia and in its inaugural year, the cream of the crop in the beauty pageant world attended the high profile industry event in their beautiful sashes and glittery crowns. If you want to find out who the winners and grinners were at the 2019 Australian Golden Sash Awards then scroll down below:

Best Children’s pageant of the year: WINNER – Follow your Dreams by Kylie Drew

Follow your Dreams by Kylie Drew

Australasia Official by Maryrose Salubre

Diamond Pageant by Morgan Mancini and Charlie Mancini

Future Faces Charity Pageant by Kim Cancellier

Best pageant dress company of the year: WINNER – Visage Boutique by Kim Cancellier

Miracle Agency by Wendy Liu

Charlestown Gorgeous Gown

Visage Boutique by Kim Cancellier

Clapetra

Best pageant hairstylist of the year: WINNER – Celle Dionisio

Visi Carlyon

Celle Dionisio

Emma Christine

Suzi Dent

Best pageant makeup artist of the year: WINNER – Visi Carlyon (Photo Credit: Ronell Amper)

Samantha Ison

Visi Carlyon

Suzi Dent

Celle Dionisio

Best pageant Photographer of the year: WINNER – Raymond Bartholomeusz

Efren Padagas

Jim Kasif

Blake Jackson

Raymond Bartholomeusz

Best pageant host of the year: WINNER – Jojo Sebastian

MaryGrace Olegario

Jojo Sebastian

Anthony Wayne

Cole Sialeipata

Best Pageant Director of the year: WINNER – Charlie Mancini & Morgan Mancini

Jasmine Nichole

Hung Pham

Charlie Mancini & Morgan Mancini

Ferial Youakim

Best Pageant of the year: WINNER – Miss Diamond Australia

Miss International Australia

Miss World Australia

Miss Diamond Australia

Newcastle Miss Pageants

Social media queen of the year: WINNER – Analieze Bella Newton

Suzi Dent

Analieze Bella Newton

Ava Da Silva

Donemala Phanalasy

Miss Natural Beauty of the year: WINNER – Jasmine Grace Alessio

Sienna Cosgrove

Jasmine Grace Alessio

Paula Cuyugan

Madison Dowden

Charity queen of the year: WINNER – Chantelle O’Donohoe

Cora Bojarski

Sonny Turner

Chantelle O’Donohoe

Michelle Fleming

Miss Photogenic of the year: WINNER – Henna Perez

Kassandra Kashian

Henna Perez

Brielle Streater

Sangeetha Singh

Pageant king of the year: WINNER – Jordon King (Photo Credit: Ronell Amper)

Anthony Wayne

Jordon King

Amit Singh

Eden Dally

International queen of the year (19 and below): WINNER – Emmy Gelardi-Bunyi (Photo Credit: Team LifePhotos)

Jasmine Grace Alessio

Indyanna-Rose Ciccone

Kaelyn Theresa Coker

Emmy Gelardi-Bunyi

International queen of the year (20 and above): WINNER – Sue Turner (Photo Credit: Team LifePhotos)

Robbie Canner

Sue Turner

Nina Robertson

Maddy May

Most Promising Newcomer of the year (little Miss category): WINNER – Serenity Charles (Photo Credit: Ronell Amper)

Helena Ristevski

Serenity Charles

Maria Hall

Samantha Porsha

Most Promising Newcomer of the year (19 and below): WINNER – Summer Hogan

Patricia Tuivai

Summer Hogan

Madison Dowden

Jacquelyn Watts

Most Promising Newcomer of the year (20 and above): WINNER – Poonam Rani

Jen Louise

Jayde Crystal Wright

Poonam Rani

Nicole Smith

Humanitarian of the year (little Miss category): WINNER – Rica Lee Calimag

Emmy Gelardi-Bunyi

Rica Lee Calimag

Serenity Charles

Ailexah – Faye Bigorni

Humanitarian of the year (19 and below): WINNER – Kyla Sevilla Brack (Photo Credit: Ronell Amper)

Arundhati Banerjee

Kyla Sevilla Brack

Sonny Turner

Ruby Adamson

Humanitarian of the year (20 and above): WINNER – Nathalie Nicole

Analieze Bella Newton

Nathalie Nicole

Jennifer Hunt

Leanne Potter

Ultimate Role model of the year (little Miss category): WINNER – Ellie Bojarski

Keana Kearns

Ailexa May

Ava Da Silva

Ellie Bojarski

Ultimate Role model of the year (19 and below): WINNER – Destiny Lyons (Photo Credit: Ronell Amper)

Ruby Adamson

Nicola Mularczyk

Sienna Cosgrove

Destiny Lyons

Ultimate Role model of the year (20 and above): WINNER – Robbie Canner (Photo Credit: Ronell Amper)

Robbie Canner

Poonam Rani

Chantelle Odonohoe

Shaylah Bowman

Beauty Queen of the year (little miss category): WINNER – Ava Da Silva (Photo Credit: Team LifePhotos)

Serenity Charles

Chloe Lofthouse

Elli Bojarski

Ava Da Silva

Beauty Queen of the year (19 and below): WINNER – Kaelyn Theresa Coker

Kyla Sevilla Brack

Kaelyn Theresa Coker

Destiny Lyons

Arundhati Banerjee

Beauty Queen of the year (20 and above): WINNER – Cora Bojarski

Analieze Bella Newton

Sue Turner

Cora Bojarski

Chelsea-Anne Lewis

Rising Star Spotlight: Introducing Miss Rebecca Donney

She may lack the experience and the exposure in modeling and beauty pageants, but she certainly made up for it with her can-do attitude and undeniable grace and beauty. Rebecca Donney looked radiant as she was crowned Miss Teen Australasia Official 2016 First Runner-Up last year. You may be surprised to know that this was only her first time to join a beauty pageant.

She shared that one of the things she fancies about being in the contest is the opportunity to express her creativity. One thing that separates this gorgeous lass from the rest is her keen eye for the arts.   Currently, this beautiful young lady is earning a degree in Bachelor of Interior Architecture (Honours) at the University of New South Wales.

Moreover, when asked about what she likes most about the pageant, she tells us that the chance to represent different important companies such as the Shawl Group, Ayala Land International Sales Inc and the Campbell town & Region Filipino Community Council Inc. has been one of them. She feels honoured to represent these companies, which at the same time, raises awareness for the charities that the companies support through their sponsorship like the No Voices (Kids & Animals) Charity.

The pageant has not only changed her but also created a much stronger bond between her and her family. She is grateful for the undying support of her family and friends who had been one of things that kept her going throughout the whole road to her crown “If they find that what I’m doing is what I love and they know that I will enjoy it, they will continue to support me,” she shared.

We can really expect a lot of amazing things from this young beauty queen, who plans to continue participating in beauty pageants. She also wants to focus on pursuing a career in the creative industry, particularly interior architecture.