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!

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.

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.

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

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.

Introducing…. MS Magazine

MS Magazine is set to shake up the Australian media landscape, providing a publication purely focused on empowering women. MS magazine is a quarterly magazine founded by Maryrose Salubre and primarily marketed to women.

There are hundreds and thousands of magazines today, from fashion to beauty, to family, to house, to travel and more. MS magazine begs to differ from other publications as it aims to inspire and empower women. It’s an opportunity for the Maryrose Salubre, the National Director of Australasia Official and Mrs. Universe Australia to live and work her passion for inspiring and encouraging others using this platform – a print and online magazine.

Join in Maryrose Salubre’s journey to reach and inspire, by coming to the official magazine launch on May 26, 2018, at the Entertainment Dome, Club Burwood (96 Shaftesbury Rd, Burwood NSW 2134).

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.