Elise plans for a bright fu­ture

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Opinion -

MISS Gal­axy hope­ful Elise Naz­zari says for her, win­ning does not nec­es­sar­ily mean a crown.

The Bur­swood res­i­dent is com­pet­ing in Miss Gal­axy Aus­tralia 2016 af­ter mak­ing it to the fi­nal six in the WA heat this year.

“Ini­tially I joined the pageant as a way to boost my con­fi­dence and self-es­teem af­ter bat­tling with de­pres­sion and anx­i­ety since the age of 14,” she said.

“What I didn't an­tic­i­pate was the pro­found im­pact the pageant would have on ev­ery as­pect of my life.”

She said she now had the con­fi­dence to build her plat­form as a role model and men­tor in the com­mu­nity.

“It has given me the op­por­tu­nity to be­lieve in my­self and my abil­ity to be­come a suc­cess­ful, in­de­pen­dent woman,” she said. “I think that is why a lot of girls will choose to com­pete for a sec­ond time be­cause the per­sonal growth you can gain with the right mind­set go­ing into a beauty pageant is sec­ond to none.”

The 20-year-old works as a re­search as­sis­tant as part of Curtin Univer­sity's In­clu­sive Ac­cess to Higher Ed­u­ca­tion in the Jus­tice Sys­tem.

“For me pol­i­tics, academia and beauty pageants are the ul­ti­mate match made in heaven,” she said.

“A sound aca­demic back­ground, cou­pled with an in­ter­na­tion­ally recog­nised ti­tle, will al­low me to cre­ate a plat­form for my­self from which I seek to work with in­ter-gov­ern­men­tal and in­ter­na­tional or­gan­i­sa­tion such as the United Na­tions, to tackle is­sues on so­cial jus­tice, hu­man rights and restora­tive jus­tice.”

She plans to fo­cus on in­cor­po­rat­ing her aca­demic back­ground and fu­ture am­bi­tions to build her plat­form as one of Aus­tralia's most in­flu­en­tial role mod­els.

Pic­ture: Marie Nirme d444055

Elise Naz­zari.

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