If you bet a dollar for every beauty and fashion event that I never attended, I am pretty sure you’d be a millionaire by now. That changed when I attended Miss Austrasia Official 2015. Suddenly, I became an unlikely beauty pageant patron, standing in the midst of one. There’s a first for everything right?
Miss Austrasia Official by Salubre Models is a charitable multicultural beauty pageant which empowers young women, and their proceeds go to three charities – Brainstorm, Breast Cancer Foundation, and Super Haiyan Yolanda Recovery – which the beauty pageant founder, May Rose Salubre hold dear.
It was a splurge of sequins, sparkle, and elegance at the Hilton Hotel last Saturday night. The atmosphere was energetic, filled with supporting families and other patrons’ chatter, which made it feel quite homely and welcoming.
There was talent everywhere that night — the special guest and former X-Factor contestant Adrien Nookadu, the Bollywood meets modern dance group the Mosuun, an amazing beatboxer, and an upcoming X-factor band. The contestants themselves were equally talented, adorned with elaborate formal wear, strutting confidently down the catwalk, and posing with poise. I can only imagine the amount of effort and practice they put into their “model” walk for this competition.
The highlighted talent of them all – Australia’s uprising star, Jasmine Henry, Chantel (Mayrose’s daughter) and their kid entourage singing and dancing to Ariana Grande’s ‘Problem’ and Michael Jackson’s ‘We are the World,’ with such graceful angelic voices. I was rather charmed by their performance, and stood there with awe.
Time passes when you are having fun and and before I knew it, it was that time of the night – the crowning of Miss Austrasia 2015 (to much fanfare), Ashleigh Sutton! But I’ve gotta tell you, crowns aside, all the girls the strutted the catwalk that evening possessed enough class, poise and personality to be unique sparkly diamonds in their own way.
Jenny Hu is a media student from Sydney who dreams of becoming the next Sarah Koenig (the creator of ‘The Serial’ podcast). For more misadventures and updates follow Jenny Hu on @themediawho