Beauty Queen Spotlight: Find Out More About Cole Sialeipata

Cole Sialeipata is currently a Ms. New Zealand World national finalist 2020.

This kiwi was born and raised in Christchurch, New Zealand, and left Christchurch soon after the devastating earthquakes to pursue the world.

Cole has a Diploma in Community Services and specialist homelessness services and has been working in the community sector for the past 6 years. Today, she works with homeless youth with varying barriers such as domestic violence, drug and alcohol abuse, family relationship breakdowns, court orders, and mental health and disabilities.

When she’s not working you can find Cole mentoring at various high schools with youth who are struggling with school or you can find her at the Wildlife walkabout as a volunteer wildlife ranger. “Not only do humans need care and support so do our wildlife, it’s a really great feeling being outside in nature and with animals”

Her sole advocacy is around community education on childhood trauma and youth homelessness. She’s also a voice and advocate for various domestic violence and sexual abuse campaigns.

Cole is the founder of Project Aria which is a skills-based program for equipping domestic violence victims with life skills and self-confidence to reintegrate back into their communities confidently. This year, she has officially made Project Aria a charity organization and hopes to bring Project Arias program out of its pilot stages.

Success to her is waking up every day having no regrets of yesterday. She wants to leave a legacy behind that encourages women to be strong and continue to support one another and to keep paving the way for our future generations to come.

GEQ magazine recently caught up with Cole to discuss her journey in the pageant world and here’s what went down:

1. How did you get into the pageant industry? How were you actually ‘discovered’?

I was scouted on StarNow by my first director. At first, I was quite a skeptic because I never imagined myself in pageantry. I could see that she was authentic and passionate about women empowerment

2. What do you like most about being a beauty queen?

I’ve never really had someone to look up to so being able to be that person for another person has been a huge honour. I’ve come out of my skin so much and loved learning new things about myself and helping others do the same.

3. The downside to being a beauty queen?

There are times were I get judged a lot for not looking the part. I can be a very passionate person especially for fairness in social justice especially bullying. This sometimes doesn’t sit well with pageantry politics and that’s okay because I’m confident in the values and morals I hold as an individual.

4. What has been the most memorable experience of being in the pageant industry so far?

I’ve met so many amazing women and have made long-lasting relationships one especially who happens to be a bridesmaid for my wedding.

5. Who have been the most interesting people you’ve met so far?

That’s a hard question I’ve met so many interesting people I can’t decide on just one. Everyone has had there own special thing.

6. What has been the most valuable lesson you’ve learned while in the pageant industry. This can be about the industry or about yourself.

I have always lived life knowing there is a silver lining to everything. I haven’t officially won a pageant yet and I’d be lying if I said that didn’t cut me a little bit BUT it has taught me to keep doing what I am doing and keep moving forward to my goals. When it’s my time it’s my time.

7. Working in an industry whose only emphasis is on the outside characteristics of a person, how have you stayed grounded?

Finding passion in something that’s not superficial definitely keeps me grounded. For me, that has been helping my community. A certain realization as well that I am different and I don’t look like the next person so it’s impossible to please anybody. Being content with who I am and who I’ll continue to be will allow me to keep my head held high regardless if I don’t meet people’s physical expectations.

8. Is your family supportive of you being in the pageant industry?

Absolutely, they have been so supportive – even my partner and his family. My mum is also so proud of what I do. My older brother likes to boast about his little sister which is cute (laughs).

9. What are your future plans? Inside pageantry or out of it.

Inside of pageantry, I’d like to compete in my first Ms pageant and then eventually a Mrs pageant. From thereafter a year of reign I’d like to direct and give the same opportunity for other women of all ages to improve themselves and enjoy what pageantry has to offer. Outside of pageantry, I’d really like to start a family and continue my work within my community and continue to develop skills-based programs state and eventually nationwide.

The ‘LIGHTNING FAST’ Round:

1. Last good movie I’ve seen: Midway

2. What do you consider beautiful and why? A child’s laughter, there’s just something so innocent and warm about it. You can’t help but smile too.

3. What haven’t you done yet that you wish you could? I’d really like to volunteer in underdeveloped countries teaching or helping a community.

4. Complete this sentence: “If I had no fear, I’d…” I believe fear is important to test ourselves and grow.

5. What is the one “flaw” you wouldn’t change about yourself? I’m quite stubborn and at times this is bad BUT it is also a good trait – I won’t back down in my values and morals.

Brittany Dickson Has Officially Been Crowned Miss Earth Australia 2020

When the Miss Earth Australia grand coronation night was postponed recently due to Coronavirus – and with the grand finals going virtual for the first time – these beauty queens refused to let the pandemic kill their dreams.

Three worthy queens vied for a single crown on Saturday, August 15, 2020, and this year’s cream of the crop for Miss Earth Australia consisted of three of last year’s elemental queens namely Brittany Dickson, Karyn Xie, and Sheridan Mortlock.

Due to the Coronavirus restrictions, the judging for this year’s competition was divided into three parts: online voting, online interview with high profile bloggers and judges, and a live interview with several high profile judges which included StarCentral’s very own managing director Mike Ilagan. The live judging was held at the prestigious Hotel Stamford in Circular Quay on Saturday, August 15, 2020.

Photo Credit: Dave Choo

For the first round of judging which was via online voting, out of thousands of votes that were cast online, 47% were considered valid votes – and the results were as follows: Brittany lead all scores at 44.44%, Sheridan came next at 34.40% followed by Karyn who had 21.19%.

Next up was judging by online judges and bloggers. The final scores from the online blogger interview last week were judged by Adam Genato of Sash Factor, Louis Yap of Miss Earth Moments, Angel Strong of Miss Earth Beauties, and Norman Tinio of Norman.com.

Their feedback was unanimous and the online interview scores were counted as 20% towards the queen’s overall scores. The results for the online blogger interview were as follows: Brittany lead the way at 91.63%, Sheridan came next at 90.81% followed by Karyn who scored 84.19%.

Finally, it all came down to the last panel interview which contributed to 70% towards the queens’ overall score. After the grueling task of selecting the new Environmental Queen down under and after all the judges’ scores were tallied, the decision is now final and we are proud to announce that the new Miss Earth Australia 2020 is none other than the beautiful Brittany Dickson! Congrats to the newly crowned environmental queen down under and we’re 100% behind you in your journey to the grand finals.

Beauty Queen Spotlight: Find Out More About Jennifer Wilde

Jennifer Wilde is currently the reigning Ms. US World NOWSA Ambassador. She has been a nurse for more than 10 years and she loves helping others. Pageantry helps her stay active and involved in my community. She started competing in pageants just last year when she first heard about this opportunity from her friend and Ms. US World Ambassador, Qiana Carpenter. She thought it would be great to be a part of a pageant as she never actually imagined a curvy girl could enter pageants. Since becoming active in the Ms. US World Organization as Ms. Grand Canyon State, she has attended events for MS, Alzheimer’s, Medical Missions, Down Syndrome, Autism, and the NOH8 organization. She has also volunteered her time at a local food bank and gone to Senior Centers. She feels that as a nurse, she needs to be out in the community and serving others.

Her current title – Ms. US World NOWSA Ambassador. NOWSA is based on a non-profit organization that was initiated by Lidia Szczepanowski in 2007 to help women who were a victim of domestic violence and sexual assault. The mission of this organization is to raise awareness about sexual assault, violence, and harassment against women and teens so they can prevent it from happening. NOWSA also ensures that the victims of sexual assault, violence, and abuse have a voice. As a nurse and someone who has experienced violent relationships, Jennifer felt it was her calling to get out in her community to educate, raise awareness, provide support, and advocate for others.

GEQ magazine recently caught up with Jennifer to discuss her journey in the pageant world and here’s what went down:

How did you get into the pageant industry?

I got into the pageant industry through a friend and sister queen.

How were you actually ‘discovered’?

I was interviewed by the director of the organization – she felt that I fit the mission of the organization and that I would make a great addition.

What do you like most about being a beauty queen?

What I like most is that it pushes me to be my best self. It has helped me do the very thing I’ve always wanted to do, which is getting out in the community and helping others. As a nurse, I feel that is very important.

The downside to being a beauty queen?

Well, I don’t know if there really is a downside to being a beauty queen as everything I do is a way to better myself and help others along the way.

What has been the most memorable experience of being in the pageant industry so far?

I would have to say going to a senior living center and handing out roses to the residents and staff was one of my favorites. So many smiles were created that day which brought joy to my heart.

Who have been the most interesting people you’ve met so far?

Nancy-Ellen Martin, my pageant director would be the most interesting and favorite person I’ve met so far. She has helped me transform from a caterpillar to a butterfly and I am grateful to her for that.

What has been the most valuable lesson you’ve learned while in the pageant industry. This can be about the industry or yourself.

I have learned lots of things; one of them being pageants are more than just getting all “dolled up”. They are about confidence, grace, self-improvement, and sisterhood. But it also taught me more about believing in myself and boosting my confidence. And from my whole experience, I have finally been able to do what I’ve always wanted to do and that is getting out in the community more and helping others.

Working in an industry whose only emphasis is on the outside characteristics of a person, how have you stayed grounded?

There is a difference with the Ms. Universal World Organization as they believe so much more than just looks and outside beauty. They believe in inner beauty and encourage all women to show both inside and outside beauty. My husband has also been my support and person that keeps me grounded.

Is your family supportive of you being in the pageant industry?

Overall, my family is very supportive and they have fun watching me out in the community helping others. In fact, I have motivated my family and now they are becoming more active in the community as well. This has made my experience even more rewarding.

What are your future plans? Inside pageantry or out of it.

My future plans include continuing to compete in pageants and continuing to help my community. I have plans of competing next year in Australia for an International title. I also am working on my Master’s in Nursing Education and I plan to continue growing both mentally and spiritually. Pageantry holds a special place in my heart as it gave me hope and happiness during a time of sadness. So I have come to love what being a part of a pageant can offer. I plan on sharing my love for pageants with my friends in hopes that they too, will find the same joy that I have found.

The ‘LIGHTNING FAST’ Round:

1. Last good movie I’ve seen: The Old Guard on Netflix

2. What do you consider beautiful and why? The first thing that comes to mind is sunflowers. They are just a beautiful and happy flower. Every time I look at them, they just make me smile. I would also like to add Corgis. I currently have a Corgi and she is just a pure bundle of energy and happiness. Always knows how to turn a bad day to a great day.

3. What haven’t you done yet that you wish you could? Sky Diving

4. Complete this sentence: “If I had no fear, I’d…” Try acting and modeling

5. What is the one “flaw” you wouldn’t change about yourself? Wearing my heart on my sleeve.