Elise aim­ing for the stars in Gal­axy quest

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS - Kaylee Martin

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.”

Ms

Nazarri

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.

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