Elise aiming for the stars in Galaxy quest
AFTER securing a coveted spot as a Miss Galaxy Australia national finalist, contestant Elise Nazarri has proven pageants are more than just glitz and glamour.
The Burswood representative was named one of the top four WA competitors in the pageant in January.
While the experience so far had been a challenge, Ms Nazarri (21) said it had also been rewarding.
“I’m completing my honours degree full-time while also working two jobs over five days per week to be able to fund my quest for the Miss Galaxy Australia crown,” she said.
“I’ve been pushing myself above and beyond any limits I thought existed.
“Most of my free time in the evenings and on weekends has been full of fundraising, volunteering at representing Australia Galaxy Pageants at various events.”
is working towards a career in criminology research and said the stereotypes surrounding beauty pageants were inaccurate.
“Being a sociology graduate, I often see a lot of debate around beauty pageants and women’s rights,” she said.
“There are a lot of people who are often very quick to say pageants are outdated and sexualise women, but for me it’s the exact opposite.
“I feel very empowered; the pageant has taught me to respect myself and be confident, ambitious and graceful, but at the same time I’m still being competitive and going after what I want in life.”
State finalists will fly to the Gold Coast for the finals, competing in fashion wear, swimwear and eveningwear categories.
“The top five ladies are also asked a question on stage,” Ms Nazarri said.
After the pageant, it will be back to work for Ms Nazarri.
“I’ll be focusing on my studies. I am working very hard during my honours year in the hopes of obtaining a first-class grade and a scholarship to go on to a PhD where I’ll be looking at women’s rights in the prison system,” she said.
Miss Galaxy Australia will be crowned on April 16.
Elise Nazarri is aiming to be named Miss Galaxy Australia.