Someone pinch me… I am beyond speechless to have the privilege of continuing the charity title for 2014 as the newly crowned Mrs Australia International!! Oh. My. Goodness. It is true – with great bling comes great responsibility. Along side my fellow International queens, Amaani Hatoum (Miss Teen Australia) and Natalie Assaad (Miss Australia), I look forward to sharing my work in the community, and my journey with the Touch of Goodness Foundation to the Mrs International stage in Florida this coming July.
There was a raft of photos taken tonight by the talented likes of NYC Films and RizzoGraphy, so I look forward to sharing them with you when I see them. Until then, I’d like to share my acceptance speech with you! I am glad I had most of this down pat (the gist of it anyway) as I’d misplaced it during the day…and then after the Miss Teen and Miss crowns were announced the microphone failed just before my speech! Eeek!! Though my husband and twin brother said that I did a marvelous job in delivering without skipping a beat. Good to know they’re not biased at all
From my heart, Kate
Your Mrs Australia International 2014
Mrs Australia: Crowning Speech
Good evening everyone and thank you for joining us this evening. It is an absolute privilege to be crowned Mrs Australia for 2014, and an honor to be representing our beautiful country on the Mrs International world stage next year on behalf of the Touch of Goodness Foundation. I would like to make a special mention of thanks and gratitude to my predecessor, Jordaine Chattaway; as without the mentoring and advice from you upon your return from your world final, I wouldn’t be standing here to tonight.
The Mrs Australia crown is an exciting opportunity to pursue one of my more important social responsibilities. As a long term youth worker, and a professional model, I’ve witnessed first hand the way that the modeling industry can be misrepresented to our youth, and the negative impact this often has on our young people – women and men.
It’s disappointing to hear the difficulties so many people have in finding acceptance and happiness with their own bodies. Over the years I’ve come to realise that the industry that I now work in impacts on this. Through a directed campaign of misrepresentation – photoshop; lighting and make-up experts; calculated angles and professional stylists; the modeling industry creates an idealised women or man that is not achievable without the army of assistants behind the scenes on a set. There’s not enough awareness of this.
I’m not saying that modeling industry professionals don’t have the genetic bias necessary to succeed in what is a cut-throat business, but it’s important that our youth realise the amount of ‘theatre’ involved. A model on a billboard is a created fantasy – not reality (and I can assure you I don’t wake up first thing in the morning looking like any of my campaign images)!
When I was younger I was not a confident person, and I sure didn’t look then the way I do now. I was your average teenager, with an above average dose of acne, metal braces, glasses and the frizziest hair known to man. A sight for sore eyes when I look back on my Grade 7 school photos. I was quiet, shy and a bit of a tom-boy because all I wanted to do was blend in and look like everyone else to avoid the torment that followed. Obviously I grew out of puberty and wa-la, here I am now! For me, over the years, I have found confidence through an industry that I love, by beginning to understand the way that it works and finding peace in myself.
Through my school talks and social media campaigns with the Touch of Goodness Foundation I’m excited to engage with Australia’s young people and teach them the importance of a healthy and active lifestyle, and forget about the scales and striving for ‘digital perfection’. We’re all built differently. I’m looking forward to helping our young people find themselves and be happy, without wasting the years that I did.
To my family and friends who are with me tonight, thank you for being here for the start of my journey. I look forward to sharing more with you in the coming months.
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