This is Emily, a 17-year-old girl from Queensland. She wrote to us about her experience entering an international beauty pageant called Face of the Globe and after meeting this down to earth, passionate young women we had to share her story. Last year Emily made it through the Australian round, and this year she is London and Paris bound!
How did you find out about ‘Face of the Globe’?
On Star Now, a talent website, then, using trusty Facebook, I did a quick search and read all about the pageant and decided to apply.
What made you think - “Yes I want to do this”?
After reading about the pageant system, I really thought the charity aspect was terrific. Face of the Globe partners with the Rainbow Child Foundation and they are constantly striving to make the world a better place. I wanted to try something new and this seemed like great fun.
Has it been what you expected?
It certainly was nothing like I expected, apart from the usual onstage performances. The girls at the national round in Melbourne were all so kind and helpful towards each other, even though it was a competition. Participants are encouraged not only to raise funds but, by their concern for others, to show their inner beauty.
I was very surprised to be crowned Miss Teen Charity Queen for Australia and am trying to raise as much money as possible before the international round in London and Paris in April.
What kind of things do you have to do?
I have to fundraise for the Rainbow Child Foundation - the pageant’s selected charity.
I rehearse with my wonderful coach on walking skills (especially in heels!) and posing, interview techniques and public speaking.
I make appearances in my local community, promoting the pageant system and educating others in the charity component.
I practise my fitness and stamina skills ready for Fit Camp, an exercise component of the pageant.
There’s more too, like getting my dresses ready, practising my hair and makeup, lending a hand to others in need within my community and, of course, HAVING FUN!
How is the pageant judged?
It’s judged on our attire, manners, presentation, interviews, onstage performance, prior work of media and fundraising, fitness at Fit-Camp, how we interact with others and so on.
What's the best part of the experience?
I think the best part has been the charity aspect. Through fundraising for the Rainbow Child Foundation, I have been able to form my own all-schools social and get involved with people both nationally and internationally.
It's been so humbling to see the figures of my fundraising total continue to rise and to know that what I am achieving is going to have such a positive effect on others.
What's the hardest thing about it?
The hardest thing is trying to block out the negativity and sharp rebukes that some people make directly towards me via social media and even in person.
I am only 17 years old and sometimes it is hard not to take to heart nasty things said to me, but I am learning rather quickly how to block out this animosity and turn it into positivity.
Who supports you?
There are just so many people - from those who attend my community events, business sponsors, coaches and donors.
My main support however is my family, in particular my mum. She has backed me throughout the entire journey and is always there to help me with my next crazy fundraising idea or Face of the Globe appearance.
What kind of people do you meet through the pageant?
I have met so many wonderful and inspirational people. This journey has opened doors for me to meet with photographers, makeup artists, hairdressers and stylists, talent scouts, TV presenters, magazine editors, newspaper journalists, coaches, agencies, business owners, past pageant winners, youth, charity and support groups and the list goes on.
At my all-schools socials alone this year I reached over 1270 young people!
What would you like others to know about your experience?
Face of the Globe has given me a new level of independence and provided me with the skills to be a role model to others. I have also learnt techniques that will help me be successful in my future career.
Could you tell us a bit about the Rainbow Child Foundation?
It is a 100% not-for-profit organisation that prides itself on helping over 25,000 underprivileged children around the world. In eight years they have provided schools with play pumps. These are rainbow painted merry-go-rounds that, as the children play on them, pump up clean water into storage tanks, saving 16 km walks to fetch water, giving more time for education. Other programs are sanitation, farm seed banks and HIV awareness.
The charity was founded by Chico Slimani who said:
“People think that they have to do grand things individually to make a big difference but it’s the small things that we do collectively that make a huge difference.”
Could you tell us a bit more about why philanthropy is important to you?
Philanthropy is a lifestyle. To live your life as a kind-hearted, selfless, compassionate being is something that only brings joy. Personally, I have learnt to be charitable through pageantry and also through my secondary education.
If you can open your heart and radiate generosity, regardless of your background, social status or age, you can actively make the world a better place.
What are you most excited to see/eat/experience while you're in London and Paris?
I am most excited about arriving at the Crown Plaza, London in April and meeting all my fellow contestants. I have enjoyed getting to know them through social media and I can’t wait to meet them all finally in person. I am also very excited for the competition in Disney Land Paris and of course the crowning. I am looking forward to trying an authentic croissant and maybe even trying snails and frogs legs!
Thank you Emily for sharing your story! It has certainly given us greater understanding of what pageants are all about. We wish you all the best for your London and Paris adventures, and we’d love to hear how it all went it when you get home!
If you would like to help Emily in her charity work, donate here.