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.

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.