Meet The Men Behind The Cover Of The February 2021 Issue Of GEQ Magazine: Jojo Sebastian & Quintin James

Quintin James

Quintin began his career at the age of 15 dancing in a charity performance for The Cancer Council and hasn’t looked back since then. Working in theme parks, cruise ships, musical theatre (A Chorus Line, West Side Story), tours(Kylie Minogue, Human Nature, Bardot, Scandalous), TV, and fashion he has cemented his place in both the creative arts as a performer, choreographer, and director as well being involved in the production of creative works and fashion shows both nationally and internationally.

Working closely with modeling agencies, fashion houses, and models for more than 20 years has given Quintin an insight into not only understanding the inner workings of the industry but also what it takes to make it in an ever-growing and competitive market. Whether it be choreographing a fashion parade, directing models, pageant contestants, or working as a runway model coach, Quintin’s creative and unique perspective is what has made him a sought-after professional in high demand.

As a well-known and respected Confidence Coach. Quintin works on building a greater sense of natural confidence with his clients, no matter where they are in their confidence journey. GEQ magazine recently sat down with Quintin and here’s what went down:

1. How did you get into the pageant industry?

I got into the pageantry industry by being asked to judge then asked to run workshops for the contestants on walking, posing, and poise as well as overall performance coaching.

2. What do you like most about being a pageant coach?

What I like most about being a pageant coach is that I get to contribute to the overall success of the person not just in the pageant system but in life as they take the skills I teach into everything that they do.

3. Downside to being a pageant coach?

I personally don’t think there is a downside to being a pageant coach. My goal is to focus on the person I am working with and what their individual goal is. I don’t worry about anything else except improving my client.

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

I like all areas of the pageant industry, whether I am judging or coaching it is great to mentor and be an educator for those wanting to get ahead in their chosen field both on and off the catwalk. Memorable moments for me are all the time because I consistently see change and development and to me that’s great.

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

Overall working with Kylie Minogue and Baz Luhrmann would have to be the most interesting people I have met in a work environment. In saying that I have worked with many talented famous and not-so-famous people that impress and interest me.

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.

The most valuable lesson I have learned in the pageantry industry is to be honest and true. Be memorable and be kind.

7. What is the best advice you have ever been given?

My most valuable lesson is to always be true to yourself and embrace yourself as uniqueness is the best quality. Also to listen and absorb what people are teaching you.

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

My future plans are to work as a Confidence and Performance Coach as well as to continue my work as a Runway model coach and Fashion Choreographer. I am currently writing a book and look forward to the opportunity to help many people around the world.


1. Last good movie I’ve seen: Sicario

2. What do you consider beautiful and why? Beauty is embarrassing yourself and being kind to others.

3. What haven’t you done yet that you wish you could? I want to appear on Ellen.

4. Complete this sentence: “If I had no fear, I’d…” swim with sharks.

5. What is the one “flaw” you wouldn’t change about yourself? I am a perfectionist, even though I know perfection doesn’t exist I put high expectations on myself and always strive for perfection. That can create extra stress on me.

Jojo Almazora Sebastian

Jojo Almazora Sebastian is a devoted and compassionate nurse in the Operating Theatre at a busy Metropolitan Hospital in Sydney. However, on weekends, this orthopaedic nurse transforms into a charming and dashing tuxedo attired singer-entertainer and master of ceremony. A veteran of the United States Military Forces, he could be seen regularly in concerts where he performs as a front act for artists both locally and internationally. He is the main staple in the Local and International Pageant in the last 17 years.

Jojo was named the Australian Best Pageant Host in the Australian Golden Sash Awards for both 2019 and 2020. At the beginning of 2020, he was named as the Most Influential Person of the Year and Musician of the Year in Ava’s World Magazine Awards. In the same year, this former University Professor participated in Sydney Sings for Hope Concert for the benefit of the front liners for the Bush Fire that happened in NSW. He also lent his voice in the Heroes of the World Album recording the song “Walang Mahirap sa Buhay” written and arranged by Oliver Gadista.

In July 2020, this former disc jockey of Brother Joe and Pinoy Love Crew represented Australia in the First Virtual Edition of the World Championship of Performing Arts (WCOPA 2020). Furthermore, he will be representing Australia once again in the 25th Year of the World Championship of Performing Arts to be held in California USA in July 2021.

Recently, Jojo was nominated and awarded in the Inaugural Sydney’s Best Dressed due to his good dressing sense and confident personality. Moreover, he released his debut Christmas Album entitled: “Christmas Ain’t Christmas Without You” released 30th October 2020. Furthermore, he has received a nomination for the Manila’s Best Dressed for 2020-2021 to represent Australia in the prestigious Annual Event.

In 2021, Jojo aspires to broaden his horizon as an individual and concentrate on his advocacies he has been helping in the past 10 years. His advocacies include the following: (1) children and (2) Volunteerism. For the Children, he continues to support the various charitable institution and fundraised for Sydney Children’s Hospital and Cerebral Palsy Foundation. He also provides scholarships for the less fortunate in the Philippines to continue a college education.

One of the projects he really wanted to concentrate on in 2021 is Community Service by Volunteerism. Volunteering is generally considered an altruistic activity where an individual or group provides services for no financial gain. Volunteering is often intended to promote goodness or to improve human quality of life. Volunteering may have positive benefits for the volunteer as well as for the person or community served. Jojo highly believes that if our community comes together and volunteer even for just a couple of hours a month under any charitable institution and non-profit organisation – it will make a positive difference in the personal and professional aspects of all individuals involved, especially oneself. He furthers state that he would like for the community to realise to volunteer is a social responsibility of all its member especially to the marginalised and disadvantaged.

Consequently, Jojo was just also declared a finalist in the Mister Diamond International Australia 2021 which will be held in April 2021. GEQ magazine recently caught up with Jojo and here’s what went down:

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

Pageantry is something innate in my family. I have numerous aunts, as well as both male and female cousins who are very active in pageantry back in the Philippines and Hawaii. I found myself interlaced with pageantry at the very young age of 7. Where I represented the country – USA in the Mr and Miss United Nations held at my primary school – South City Homes Academy, Binan, Laguna Philippines. I remember being crowned Mr. United Nations. That paved the way for me to be interested in pageantry. However, I actually just realised what impact pageantry had on me, in high school. Most of my classmates who joined pageantry approaches me and asks me to help them out with their talent. Normally it would be an interpretative dance or a national ethnic dance. An experience I can never forget was when a Filipino-Indian classmate approached me to teach her a Bollywood Dance. This was in 1994. I took the challenge and we won best in talent! That is how I got into pageantry.

In regards to discovery, I was discovered in male pageantry in college. When I joined Mr. Engineering 1996 at the University of Perpetual Help in Laguna. I represented the sophomore year. It was a very unforgettable experience because not only did I win 4 minor awards, I also placed 1st Runner Up at the coronation night. That experience got me started in pageants. And 20 years later, I am once again throwing my hat in pageantry – when I represent NSW and Australia in the Mr. Diamond International 2021 to be held in Brisbane this coming April 2021.

2. What do you like most about being a King/Finalist?

Besides the experience and the comradery, what I like the most whilst joining pageants are conceptualizing projects and undertakings that assist charitable institutions that I personally handpicked to support, fundraise, and contribute to during the pageant. The reason I like this the most is that I am able to use the platform that the pageant provides me to make a difference. The difference made is the most important thing to me because it could promote and assist change that I would like to see in the community.

3. Downside to being a King/Finalist?

For me, there are more advantages in participating in Pageantry than disadvantages.

One of the disadvantages is that pageants could be very expensive. However, one must be smart about this. I normally tend to go back to belongings. For example, Clothes to wear during any segment of the competition. I tend to get excited to be creative, imaginative, and resourceful with what I use which mainly comes from what I owned.

Another downside of being the Finalist in a pageant is the stigma of being self-absorbed and self-privileged. From my experience, this is normally the opposite. People in pageantry are very humble, charitable, and social.

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

Honestly, the most memorable experience for me in pageantry is the friendship I have made so far. I have met the most incredible and empowering individuals in Australian Pageantry. This has motivated and inspired me to be a better person not just for myself but mostly for my community. Another memorable experience for me is, winning the Australian Golden Sash Awards – Best Pageant Host in 2019 and 2020 and the Most Promising Pageant King of 2020. These awards encouraged and stimulated me to be better.

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

There are so many interesting and noteworthy individuals I have met in Pageantry in general. However, three of the individuals who had made a great impression on me are (1) Mary Rose Salubre – CEO of Australasia Official – empowerment and generosity, (2) Mark Baylon – Managing Director of Miss Earth Australia – compassion, never-say-die attitude, and creativity; and (3) Sue Turner of GEQ Magazine – Kindness and Love of Others. Amongst the so many individuals who shine luminously and dazzlingly in Australian Pageantry, these three individuals made a huge impact with me. I believe set the golden standard of empowering the various individual in the community in their very own beautiful way.

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.

One of the most valuable lessons I have learned in pageantry is to always be helpful to one another because we aim to reach the same goal. And if we help each other it is likely that we will achieve the mission and vision we set forth.

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

I stayed grounded by reminding myself of my personal mission. However, this will not be possible without the help and support of my family – Josephine Sebastian (mom) and the whole of my family, partner, friends, and community. I dedicate and share my accomplishments with them.

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

YES! They are my primary support and encouragement in all that I do. They never fail to make me feel that I have made a difference every day.

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

I would love to continue to support the charitable institutions that I have been supporting for years – Salvation Army, Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation, Cerebral Palsy Foundation, and Philippine and Australian Red Cross.

I also would like to continue to fund high school students and send them to University in the Philippines.

Finally, I would like to continue to fundraise for abused children.


1. Last good movie I’ve seen: FRIENDS on Netflix

2. What do you consider beautiful and why? My mom – Josephine Sebastian. She gave me life and she is my life.

3. What haven’t you done yet that you wish you could? Become a foster parent.

4. Complete this sentence: “If I had no fear, I would…” not be able to challenge myself to do things that I would not dream of doing like pageantry…

5. What is the one “flaw” you wouldn’t change about yourself? Being a worrywart, because my partner mentioned how loving and affectionate I could be.

5 Surefire Ways To Make 2021 Your Best Year Yet

It’s hard to believe 2021 is already here. 2020 has definitely been an extremely challenging year full of change and uncertainty. As we are all aware, the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve further and we are still dealing with a massive global challenge as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to escalate globally impacting how we all operate and manage our businesses and lives day to day.

In addition to the immediate and serious health concerns, we are also seeing a much wider impact on all of our lives as well as the global economy as a whole. Understandably, there is a considerable sense of unease all over the world.

So how do you plan to welcome the year ahead?

New Year, like the sun, is almost shining its rays on us. A couple of days from now, we will be celebrating the coming of new hope, a new inspiration, and a continuing triumph against the challenges in life. It is a display of loud and colourful fireworks thrown into the vast sky, a grateful celebration of the year we bid goodbye to, and a hopeful invitation to a new slate in our life. But what does it really mean to you?

Every year, we are faced with heightened anticipation as we lay out our goals and plans for the year ahead. We think of it religiously in the promise of daily opportunities and 365 days of chances. The more it draws itself to us, the brighter we see ourselves in its glorifying blessings and exciting beginnings.  We look forward and bombard the first midnight with endless wants and wishes that we sometimes tend to forget the sturdy platform where these plans of ours stand –our inner self. So how do we work on ourselves to be able to successfully map out an organised 2021 despite the pandemic looming over our very heads?

Leave Unnecessary Things

Needless to say, de-cluttering may be one of the most neglected words we have but this year, be the difference that you desire and start by offloading stuff that you don’t actually need. This goes beyond tangible things since often, your negative emotions like anger and grudges take over your life. Release the bad vibes in your life and carve a path for a peaceful surrounding and stress-free day to day living.

Prioritise Big Things and Lift Your Littlest Ambitions

Maneuver every now and then to reckon if you’re doing the right thing at the right time. Are you caught up between the rocks of your short term goals and long term aspirations? Visualise yourself and maximise time by weeding off your life-destroyers and pick up the points that strongly contribute to your self-effectiveness and spectacular rewards.

Make Friends With Your Calendar

Mark important dates such as school and business appointments and devote a time that is solely assigned for you to face your to-do lists and accomplish those set-off goals.

Start a Healthy Financial Management Strategy

Know all your finances by heart and arm yourself with strong self-discipline and a realistic budget. File your bills accordingly and limit your credit card expenses.

Stay Focused

The way to an organised year entails hard work and conviction. There will be days when following all your set life draft may seem impossible and this is where staying focused on your vision comes in. Your self-productivity and time management play a lead role in keeping you present and motivated.

The countdown for New Year begins with you. It’s a blank space waiting for you to take as you shape your destiny so take it, draw your vision of life, write your big dreams in it and get up to steal them. 2021 is here, embrace it!


Meet The Model Behind The Cover Of The November 2020 Issue Of GEQ Magazine: The Stunning Abi Grigsby

Abi Grigsby, the beautiful, charming, and angelic model has established herself as one of the hardest-working models in the industry. She initially got into the modelling industry by entering beauty pageants. She first joined the Top Model of the World Philippines pageant back in July 2016 within 2 weeks’ notice. The pageant needed a certain number in order for the competition to go ahead and she was contacted by the director of the pageant to join. She eventually became the second runner up, which shocked her as she had no previous experience at all in pageants sho she wasn’t even expecting to make it into the Top 5.

The following year she entered a pageant called “Mutya Ng Pilipinas Australia” (Pearl of Australia) beauty pageant. She gained a lot of exposure in the modelling industry by joining this pageant which lead her into me meeting the majority of the photographers that she now works with regularly. When she competed overseas she also gained several contacts with various modelling agencies and photographers over there and throughout 2017 she also competed in the Miss International Australia pageant where she finished as Second Runner Up, as well as winning the Miss Model of the World Title. Furthermore, she competed in the Miss Teen Universe Australia pageant in December of that year. All of these competitions lead her to meet so many creatives in the industry; photographers who were looking for fresh faces to shoot, as well as makeup artists who needed a model to work on for skill enhancements. Slowly, through these connections, she was able to build the network that she currently has.

GEQ magazine recently caught up with Abi to discuss her journey in the modelling industry and here’s what went down:

What do you like most about being a model?

The thing I enjoy most about being a model would have to be the newfound confidence that I have gained over the years as a model. I was someone who really used to struggle with self-esteem issues, but it wasn’t until I started modelling that I came to accept and be happy with how I look, and the person that I am.

I have also been fortunate enough to work with various creatives who each provided a different style for each shoot, which has given me the option to explore with different looks. I started modelling For Milliner’s designs in late 2018, my first designer being Anna Bella Millinery, who is based in London. I modelled at the Melbourne Derby Day, showing off her dress designs and her hats with other models. I also modelled for Felicity Northeast Milliner for her spring collection in 2019, which was featured in Mornington Peninsula magazine.

I had never modelled such high-class designs before, so this experience itself really helped me feel comfortable in my own skin, and opened me up to another world!

The Downside to being a model?

The downside to being a model that I have encountered would have to be that people tend to make assumptions about you and your personality when you tell them that you’re a model. I’ve had a lot of people tell me that they thought I’d be a snobby/conceited person because of the fact that I model, rather than taking the time to get to know me first.

A lot of people will make assumptions about you based on your profession, but I try not to let this bother me and stay focused on what I want by working hard and not allowing room for distractions.

Another downside is that many people who aren’t in the industry assume that modelling is easy, or requires little to no effort at all. To be a model takes great perseverance and determination, as many models such as myself face constant rejection and negative comments about our appearance/body. It takes a lot of work to get into the industry, which is something that many people look over. It can get discouraging at times, but I find it’s best for myself to always remind myself of the hard work I have gone through, and to realise that I don’t owe everyone an explanation.

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

Thinking back to when I started, I can’t actually pinpoint an exact memory from modelling that has stuck with me. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed every step, but the most memorable experience of being in the modelling industry would have to be the whole experience that comes on the day of a photo shoot. I live an hour and a half away from Melbourne city, which is where the majority of my shoots takes place. I always enjoy the travel into the city, as well as travelling to where my photoshoots take place, as the majority of the time it is not at the same place. Aside from the travel, I do enjoy dressing up and getting glammed up for my shoots. I feel most like myself when I am dolled up and in front of the camera!

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

I’d say the most interesting people I’ve met would have to be some of the photographers and makeup artists that I meet while I’m on set. Many of the creatives that I work with are a lot like me, they often take up photography/makeup as a side job, rather than their full-time job. It’s nice to meet people who are similar to you, and share similar interests while also working other jobs, and working incredibly hard so they are able to project themselves further in the industry.

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

The most valuable lesson I have learned would be to not compare myself to others. Before I began modelling I never thought I would have a chance, as I compared myself to many other high profile models, such as Miranda Kerr. I always assumed that because I didn’t look like these girls I saw in billboards and commercials that I wouldn’t make it at all in the modelling world.

However as continued on and booked more jobs, I realised that every different look will serve a purpose for each job/photographer. There will always be someone out there who will need a look like yours for a certain job/promotion, so I’ve learned that I shouldn’t bother worrying about looking like someone else when looking exactly the way you do is more than enough.

Is your family supportive of you being a model?

Yes, fortunately, my family is very supportive of my modelling! My mother wanted me to start modelling when I was 13, however, I had very little confidence back then and I was also very shy. I did not see myself as someone who could get far in the industry at all, and I also at the time had assumed that people would think of me as very conceited if I started modelling. I didn’t have a very positive view of the modelling world, or of models themselves, which was a real deterrent for me at that time.

As the years went by and as I developed a love for beauty pageants, it also shifted my focus onto modelling, and it wasn’t until I started my first few photoshoots that I really started to enjoy what I was doing, and then made the decision to go as far as I possibly could in the industry.

The Photo Studio Fitzroy;Fashion Satomi Matsura; Abagail Grigsby

If you could go back in a time machine to the time when you were just getting started, what would you do differently?

The main thing I would do differently would be to not jump at every opportunity that comes my way, no matter how big of a deal it may seem to be at first. I used to do this a lot when I first started in the industry, and I would just throw myself out to any opportunity that came my way, without thinking things through clearly. This resulted in a lot of waste of time and money for myself, as I was promised certain jobs would lead to very high exposure/good money, while actually resulting in none of that.

So if I could go back in time, I would tell myself not to rush things too much and to take it slow. Not every opportunity is what it claims to be, and when the time is right, the right opportunity will come!

What is the best advice you have ever been given?

The best advice I have ever been given is to take my time. Often I’ve been really impatient and have compared myself to others who have gotten further in the industry in a shorter amount of time. I’m fortunate to have a close group of friends who support me fully and encourage me to remain patient and on track, and who assure me that things will work in my way if I continue to remain focused and not be put off by others in any way.

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

My future plans are to travel overseas and to pick up both modelling and acting overseas. With the current Covid-19 situation, that will likely be put on hold for a while. My plan was to travel towards the end of this year for a few months and to then see if I could establish a career in a different country, but again, I will need to remain patient in my endeavours, and hopefully, things will be able to pick up for my career in the near future.


1. Last good movie I’ve seen: Just go with it. (On Netflix)

2. What do you consider beautiful and why? As cliche as it sounds, inner beauty will always be more important than physical beauty. The way you treat other people and your kindness is something that greatly impacts another person, without even realising it. It’s always better to be beautiful on the inside than on the outside!

3. What haven’t you done yet that you wish you could? Travel the world!

4. Complete this sentence: “If I had no fear, I’d… ” try bungee jumping.

5. What is the one “flaw” you wouldn’t change about yourself? The one “flaw” I will never change is being too picky/ too much of a perfectionist. I’ve often been teased about this by my friends, saying I care too much about things that they don’t perceive as important. But it’s this trait that I have that has caused me to get to where I am today, as I’ve focused a lot of my energy towards what I know I want in life, and have not allowed distractions to get in the way.


Buckle Up, Australia: The 2020 Australian Golden Sash Awards Is Set To Hit Sydney In Less Than 4 Weeks!

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.

To provide integrity in the judging of the categories, National Directors are typically invited to nominate beauty queens who have competed in their respective pageant systems in the specified categories. Entries are usually judged by the entire pageant community. You must be a National Director, a titleholder, or a beauty pageant contestant to be eligible to vote.

This annual event is the first of its kind in Australia. The ceremony is brought to you by MS Entertainment Network in collaboration with StarCentral Magazine.

Unfortunately for 2020, biosecurity measures and travel restrictions have been put in place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Thus, Australia’s borders are closed and sadly, other National Directors and beauty queens from interstate and overseas are unable to join our 2020 celebration.

Since we have COVID-19 restrictions in place, this year for AGSA, we have not opened nominations and there will also be no voting open from the pageant community; for 2020, each National Director can nominate their own champions from their respective pageant systems and they can award their champions during the AGSA ceremony. The National Directors who are unable to attend AGSA will be able to nominate their respective champions and AGSA certificates will be issued to their chosen winners.

On a happy note, the 2020 Australian Golden Sash Awards officially got sold out in less than a week and we look forward to seeing the pageant community celebrate with us before the year ends! We’d like to thank our major sponsors for this event: Sanjiv Bhalla’s Elite Supermodel Australia and St. Patrick’s College Australia. Thank you for continually supporting our projects.

Beauty Queen Spotlight: Get To Know The Beautiful Erin Giblin-Lloyd

Erin Giblin-Lloyd was Miss Junior Teen Diamond Australia 2018. The memory of receiving the crown back in 2018 is still something that plays on repeat in Erin’s mind, it served as a reminder that hard work, determination, and the support from your loved ones, can help anyone achieve anything. 2018 was her third year competing in Miss Diamond Australia pageant, and every year she felt a part of something bigger than just a beauty pageant – Miss Diamond Australia became a family. Although she never expected to win, it was the icing on the cake as she had the pleasure of competing with girls she can now call close friends. Thanks to Miss Diamond Australia and the opportunities winning gave her, she went on to win the Miss Teen Category Grand Winner in December that year at the Face Australia Glamour Awards – this helped her to move on and win Miss Teen Globe Australia. She was also given the chance to judge other pageants, which was quite different for her as it’s a completely different experience where you have to make decisions that can impact the people involved differently – she enjoyed the experience none the less. She has decided to step back from the modelling world for a while as she is currently pursuing an education in university studying Bachelor of Criminology with her sights set on joining the Queensland Police Force in the not too distant future.

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

How did you get into the pageant industry?

I entered a Miss country girl pageant when I was 11. This pageant, the photoshoot, and the images that I received at the end of the event was what actually helped me to become discovered and get my foot in the door of the pageant industry.

What do you like most about being a beauty queen?

The thing I like most about being a beauty queen is being able to set an example to the younger prince and princesses and show them although they may think the pageant is based on how pretty you are on the outside but that isn’t the only case – the way to hold yourself and treat others far outweighs how well you walk down the catwalk.

The downside to being a beauty queen?

I must be one of the lucky ones as I have been blessed enough that I have not found a downside to being a beauty queen the pageants I have entered have only ever left me with the knowledge to help me move further in the pageant industry.

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

My most memorable experience of being in the pageant industry so far would be when I won Miss Teen Globe Australia and became eligible to represent my country Australia at Paraguay.

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

The most interesting person I have meet so far in the modelling industry would have to be Rocky Gathercole – meeting him and having the incredible opportunity to model for him on the runway in 2018 at the Face Australia Glamour Awards where I won Grand Winner in the Miss Teen Category was an anazing experience.

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

With hard work and determination you can achieve more than you ever thought possible. Being a beauty queen has also shown me that being in the pageant industry gives people a platform to help people not only during the course of the event but as a friend and mentor.

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

I have used my farm life where there is always something to be done to stay grounded because in the farm it doesn’t matter what title you hold or how many crowns you have.

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

My involvement in the pageant industry would not be possible without the never-ending love and support that I get from my family, especially from my mum as she has taught me everything I needed to know to get me to where I am today.

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

I have been apart of the pageant industry since I was 11 and it has certainly helped shape me to be the person I am today. I have decided to take a step back from pageantry though so I can pursue a career in Criminology with hopes of ending up in the Queensland Police Force in the not too distant future. I will return to the pageant industry at some point eventually.


1. Last good movie I’ve seen: Pay it forward

2. What do you consider beautiful and why? Beautiful to me is respect, care and simplicity. This is because having respect and care for yourself and other people far outshines the other characteristics of a person and I see simple as beautiful because something doesn’t need to be fancy and expensive to be considered beautiful.

3. What haven’t you done yet that you wish you could? I haven’t yet had the chance to travel to Scotland and this is something I wish to do in the future.

4. What is the one “flaw” you wouldn’t change about yourself? It depends on what you classify as a “flaw” but last year I was diagnosed Follicular Carcinoma which is a type of cancer that affects the thyroid. I underwent radiation therapy whist doing my last year of schooling and preparing for my HSC exams. I wouldn’t change this “flaw” as it helped me realize that even though life can get difficult – if I put my head down and never give up I can push myself to achieve things I once thought was impossible. I also managed to pass all of my HSC exams.

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.


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

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.

Meet The Queen Behind The Latest Cover Of GEQ Magazine: Miss Multiverse Russia 2020 Valeria Sizova

Valeria Sizova’s appeal is definitely in her stunning features and smoking hot physique. She’s a beauty queen, a model, a dancer, and a choreographer who’s based in Sydney, Australia – she’s also an entrepreneur who owns a dance and entertainment company called ICrave Dance & Entertainment. She has placed in several beauty pageants and in fact, some of her titles include Miss Russia Australia 2017, Miss NSW Face of Origin 2017, Miss Swimsuit Australia 2018, second place in the world for Miss All Nations which was held in China and she is currently the reigning Miss Multiverse Russia 2020.

GEQ Magazine recently sat down with Valeria Sizova to find out more about her and here’s what went down.

Can you please give us a bit of a background as to who you are and what you do?

My name is Valeria Sizova, and I’m a model, dancer, and choreographer based in Sydney. I recently opened my dance and entertainment company called ICrave Dance & Entertainment (@icraveentertainment) where I teach classes and crew rehearsals for the shows.

I completed Bachelor of Political & Social Sciences majoring in Government & International Relations; Certificate 3 & 4 in Fitness and completed Music School majoring in piano.

I made it to Top 4 in the Miss Supercars 2017 competition, I made it to Top 5 in the Maxim Swimwear Model of the Year 2017 competition,  I was crowned Miss Russia Australia and Miss NSW Face of Origin in 2017, I won 1st Runner-up at the World Miss All Nations 2018 held in China and I placed 2nd runner up at the 2019 Pageant of the World pageant where I represented Russia.

2. What do you like most about being an influencer?

I believe that each one of us can influence people around us because we all have social platforms even beyond our surroundings. I am one of those people who loves to promote a healthy lifestyle and confidence in women by being the best version of yourself.

3. The downside to being an influencer?

Sometimes it’s very hard to get the message across social platforms and expect people to understand and accept your view and the way you see things. That’s because everyone has different perceptions and experiences in life, and they do affect us in various ways that influence our decisions.

4. What’s your favorite social media platform?

I’ve discovered that our modern society is getting ‘fed up’ with reading long stories/posts and the right images or short videos are sometimes the only way to attract their attention. I believe Instagram has been the most popular asset to influence society these days. The beauty of this social media platform is that it gives you an option to choose which visual material you can use, add valuable context to your photos, organize polls, read the statistics of your posts and find out what topics attracts people the most to your profile.

5. What’s your best advice when it comes to growing your Instagram account?

If you want to build a more significant following, first you need to be specific with what you want your Instagram profile to be known for – whether it be modeling, dancing, writing books, protecting animals from human cruelty around the world… you have to write down what you do, so people can clearly see the purpose of your social media profile. Secondly, regular posting is key to engaging your followers and keeping them on their toes.

Don’t play around with filters too much – don’t hide your identity behind ‘dogs face’ snaps, overexposed filters, or over-posting on your social media (3-4 posts per day might be too much to handle/follow for people). People want to see real you as this is the only way how they can relate their lives to your posts.

6. What powerful strategies did you use to grow your Instagram followers to how it is now?

The time of my posts is specific. I only post a photo on Instagram either early morning or evening after 6 pm – before and after work hours when people are most likely to get on the social media pages.

Get a bit personal on your page so people can see the real person behind the images. Conduct a poll, ask their opinion, wish people a good day, make a promotion for a special event. Think of something that can get you more involved with your audience.

And of course, hashtags and tags are crucial to engaging more followers to your profile.

7. What hashtags would you recommend that really helped grow your account?

The hashtags you use should depend on the image you want to post. Firstly, in every single picture I post on Instagram I make sure I add a location, so I can get the local audience to follow me. If I’m doing a shoot, I usually use related hashtags like #photooftheday, #makeupoftheday, or #modelslife. If I want a hashtag to describe the style/mode of my shoot, then I would use hashtags like #bridalshoot #bikinishoot #fashionshoot, etc. to be more specific to my post. Dancing is very different from modeling so if I want to target a diverse audience I need to use different hashtags, so if I’m posting a dancing photo, I will use hashtags like #dance, #style of the dance or #dancerslife, etc. I don’t do random hashtags like #letshashtagthewholeuniverseforthesakeoftagging – I specifically pick the right hashtags that relate to my post for maximum engagement.

Recently Instagram has created a new option – you can now subscribe to hashtags. So when people are looking for ideas that can go to these hashtags you need to make sure your profile is prominent in these hashtags so that users can subscribe to your profile.

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

I meet new people every day and I must admit – I can learn something new from every single one of them. I don’t have any idols and I am not fanatic of anything or anyone. However, reading books is something that can inspire and motivate me every day.

9. Being part of an industry whose only emphasis is on the external characteristics of a person, how have you stayed grounded?

‘Work hard and stay humble’ is probably one of my favourite quotes of all time. Who likes people who are up themselves, selfish and narcissistic?? I don’t, so why be one?

10. Is your family supportive of you being in the limelight?

My family is unfortunately not living in Australia but I definitely have their support, and I can always ask for their opinion and advice despite the distance.

Likewise, my partner is very supportive and encouraging with what I do. Social platforms are time-consuming and a lot going on behind posts. When you have a purpose to carry on and want to reach out to people, you have to make an effort and spend enough time to be understood and change someone’s else perspective. Having the right partner and supportive friends and family is crucial to anything you do.

11. What are your plans? Inside your career or out of it.

I am currently working on my Dance & Entertainment business, and getting my shows up and running on a regular basis throughout the whole year. My next 2-3 years will consist of raising my profile and getting more exposure in the modeling, dancing, and fitness industry. I don’t think I would ever stop learning and trying to get better in whatever industry I am today and in the future.

Lightning Fast Round:

1. Last good movie I’ve seen: ‘Seven Pounds’ with Will Smith is my forever favorite movie of all time.

2. What do you consider beautiful and why? I found loyalty is a beautiful quality and treasure to have – whether its loyalty towards what you do and believe in, to your partner, family, or friends.

3. What haven’t you done yet that you wish you could? I would like to complete a Master’s degree in Psychology.

4. Complete this sentence: “If I had no fear, I’d be…” I actually never thought about it because I don’t fear anything.

5. What is the one “flaw” you wouldn’t change about yourself? I am a perfectionist and sometimes it drives me crazy. I won’t get myself into something until I am 100% ready and confident. That stopped me a few times from getting into job offers that I thought I wasn’t good enough. But how do you know if you don’t try and have a fair go right?

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.


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.

Beauty Queen Spotlight: Get To Know The Beautiful Chloe Davis

Chloe Davis is the reigning Miss Teen of Australia 2019. She was incredibly new to pageantry when she applied for Miss Of Australia in 2019, yet she still won and was crowned Miss Teen of Australia. She also took home Miss Social Impact and winner for best activewear. She had already started doing modeling competitions in 2016 before she started pageantry which she enjoyed, however, pageantry took her confidence to the next level.

Pageantry has taught her self-love, public speaking, and also getting herself out of her comfort zone to make new friends. She has always been a very shy person, so to be able to get up and talk to the girls that were competing alongside her is a big thing for her.

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

Tell us your full name and something about yourself.

I started modeling a few years ago in a very rural town in Queensland to help me gain some confidence and self-esteem. I was quite shy so my mum and I thought it would be a really good idea for me to do. We ended up moving to a bigger city last year, but I had loved modeling so much I wanted to continue with what I was doing once I had relocated. I applied for Miss of Australia and was selected to take part in it, I was so excited but also very nervous because it wasn’t quite what I was used to.

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

There are so many things I love so much about being a beauty queen. I love the thought that I will be able to help the next group of girls and now guys with any questions they may have about the pageant. I love that I’ll be able to help this group of people, getting to know them over the few days and also just being able to share my experience with them. When I competed, I loved talking to the queens, so knowing that I’ll be a queen getting to talk to everybody is just a pretty cool thing to think about.

The downside to being a beauty queen?

Honestly, I can’t really think of a downside to being a beauty queen. I’ve gotten so many positives out of this experience like getting to meet all those incredible women and making so many fantastic friends, my confidence has skyrocketed plus just the memory of taking part in Miss of Australia.

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

The most memorable experience so far would easily be the moment I was crowned Miss Teen of Australia. I was so proud of myself and what I had pushed myself to do that night. The girls I was up against were insanely gorgeous and talented and the fact I was getting to stand alongside them was crazy enough for me. I also wasn’t used to speaking in front of a group of people like what I had to do so I was really happy with myself after that too and felt a massive amount of pride.

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

I honestly couldn’t give you an answer to who is the most interesting person I have met. Everybody that I’ve met so far on this journey have all been so unique and interesting. Everyone has got a different story, they all came from different places and gone through so many different things just to get to where they all are now. It would be unfair to give just one name.

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

Try your best to stay calm and don’t get too stressed out during rehearsals and the competition. I know it’s a lot easier said than done but it definitely does help so much keeping yourself as calm as possible. Go into it with a positive mindset and tell yourself you’re going to do well. Trust me, positive affirmations work wonders!

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

I don’t think that this industry is all about looks anymore, it definitely used to be but not so much now. Miss Of Australia was a 3-day event that allowed judges to get to know all of us and who we are as people, so we weren’t just judged based on how we looked. On the first day, I think everybody was kind of looking around comparing ourselves to each other but once we all started talking all those assumptions and comparisons vanished. Surrounding yourself with a good group of friends and your family will definitely keep you well-grounded, I’m very thankful for everybody that has supported me which has kept me grounded.

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

My family is incredibly supportive of me wanting to compete in pageants. My mum and stepdad go to as many of my pageants as they can,

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

I’m not planning to stop entering myself in pageants any time soon. I love everything about them from meeting everybody and doing rehearsals to getting my hair and makeup done and competing on the actual night. They’re so much fun so I definitely plan on doing them for as long as I can. As long as I’m still entering pageants I’ll be bettering myself, improving my skills, and gaining more confidence which is all I really want.


1. The last good movie I’ve seen: The Matrix

2. What do you consider beautiful and why? I believe that to be beautiful, all you need is to have a good heart and soul. Being able to connect with somebody, laugh, and have a genuine conversation with them, to me that’s beautiful.

3. What haven’t you done yet that you wish you could? It would be to fly to Japan. Its been a goal of mine for ages, I want to visit Tokyo.

4. Complete this sentence: “If I had no fear, I’d…” love to travel around the world without a set date to come home. I think that would be so much fun to just travel without the stress of having to follow an itinerary, just doing whatever you want would be great.

5. What is the one “flaw” you wouldn’t change about yourself? I’m a bit of a perfectionist. I consider it a flaw because there are some things I just can’t get passed and will drive me crazy unless it’s been done the way I want it to be.