Making a difference
YARROWEYAH TEEN INDYANNA-ROSE CICCONE IS MISS HUMANITARIAN OF THE YEAR
Indyanna-Rose Ciccone, 14, has been named Miss Humanitarian of the Year at the Australian Beauty Pageant Awards.
Despite lining up against four other finalists, all five or more years older, the Yarroweyah teenager swept the field to take home one of the top honour at the Hilton in Sydney last weekend.
It was an enormous achievement just to make it to the finals, with hundreds of nominations coming in that category from across Australia.
The Miss Humanitarian is someone who had inspired their local community by putting charity first, devoting their time, energy and status to causes big and small and has helped raise awareness and bring hope to those who need it most.
Indy was judged the winner for her tireless work with Aussie Helpers, which supplies basic essentials to farming families doing it tough.
Judges commended Indy on her selfless attitude and willingness to make a measurable difference to the lives of people in her local community.
She was presented with her award by former Sydney nightlife identity John Ibrahim.
Indy said the event was a whirlwind experience.
‘‘It was fairly full on. Once we (the family) got there we spoke to Winner: the director of the pageant Mike IIagan, who is the managing director of StarCentral magazine, and then there was a red carpet,’’ she said.
The Australian Beauty Pageant Awards concept was run for the first time this year, after becoming popular in the United States.
‘‘It was the first of its kind held in Australia. They have the American Beauty Pageant Awards and now they have the Australian Beauty Pageant Awards, so it was pretty exciting to win an award at the first-ever one held here,’’ Indy said.
Indy almost missed her cue to enter the stage to be crowned.
‘‘It was funny, when my name got called out I was sitting on our table holding our friend Kim’s baby and I didn’t even realise they had announced me as the winner but then Mum screamed in excitement and I soon knew.’’
She plans to continue competing in pageants.
‘‘After I hand my title over to the next person, I’ll be doing the Continents Pageant Australia, and I’ve still got another four years in the teen division.’’
Indy’s preferred path after school is to study medicine and eventually become an orthopedic surgeon.
Her father Ash was extremely proud of what Indy had achieved so far in her short life.
‘‘When she’s passionate about something, particularly familyrelated stuff, she really tries to make a difference and she’s seen the struggles of her grandparents with farming and that really spurred her passion to try and help people where she can,’’ he said.
He said one particular moment involving Indy summed up her personality and endeavour to help others perfectly.
‘‘We were in Sydney and she was in her dress and high heels and I was walking her back to the car and she spotted a homeless man and she made me go and get money out of the bank so I could go and give it to him.
‘‘I guess that’s why she got the award. It’s not the first time nor the last time she’ll do something like that, that’s just how she is.’’
— Cobram Courier