Elise reaches for the stars

Pilbara News - - News - Court­ney Fowler

For­mer Kar­ratha res­i­dent Elise Naz­zari has been se­lected for a sec­ond con­sec­u­tive year to com­pete in the Miss Galaxy WA fi­nals in Jan­uary.

Ms Naz­zari was the only con­tes­tant from the North West to be short­listed for the WA State fi­nals.

Her suc­cess comes on the back of a strong per­for­mance at the Miss Galaxy Aus­tralia fi­nals and a sixth-place fin­ish at Miss Global Aus­tralia ear­lier this year.

Now liv­ing in Perth, the Kar­ratha-born woman has left her ca­reer in nurs­ing to study so­ci­ol­ogy and an­thro­pol­ogy at univer­sity.

She said so­cial justice, indige­nous en­gage­ment and healthcare were is­sues she felt pas­sion­ate about shar­ing with a na­tional au­di­ence through the beauty con­test.

“I work at the eq­uity and so­cial justice depart­ment at Curtin Univer­sity on a Fed­er­ally funded re­search project and have just con­tributed to my first so­ci­ol­ogy pa­per,” she said.

“I never be­lieved that go­ing into re­search was an op­tion for me, but my ex­pe­ri­ence in Miss Galaxy WA gave me the con­fi­dence to pur­sue this ca­reer.

“Un­til then, I wasn’t ready to ed­u­cate peo­ple on is­sues I felt pas­sion­ate about — last year’s com­pe­ti­tion re­ally has been a life changer for me.”

Ms Naz­zari said the sec­ond time around she was feel­ing more con­fi­dent and pre­pared to take on the challenge ahead.

“The first time I en­tered it was just to see if I could do it — this time I am feel­ing more com­pet­i­tive,” she said. “Of course win­ning isn’t ev­ery­thing, but I feel like I have so much to give.

“I have gained so much from this pro­gram, it has ben­e­fited me with my con­fi­dence and self-es­teem and I want to help other young girls with that too.” Ms Naz­zari said she planned to re­turn to the Pil­bara to men­tor young girls re­gard­less of the out­come of the pageant.

“I’d love to work with groups like Pil­bara and Kim­ber­ley Girl to run per­sonal de­vel­op­ment work­shops for young women,” she said.

If you are in­ter­ested in work­ing with Ms Naz­zari to run per­sonal de­vel­op­ment work­shops in the re­gion, con­tact her on 0427 244 026 or email elise_­nazza@hot­mail.com.

Pic­ture: Elise Naz­zari

For­mer Kar­ratha res­i­dent Elise Naz­zari has been se­lected for the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive year as a fi­nal­ist at the 2016 Miss Galaxy WA pageant in Jan­uary.

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