Miss World Australia hosted the National Final and Crowning Ceremony on Friday the 14th of July at The Grand Hyatt Melbourne!
The National Final featured 28 stunning delegates vying for the Miss World Australia title.
Contestants vying for the crown include courageous refugee Adau Mornyang & young athlete Zara Keca. State finalist Justine Clark Miss World Australia’s first ever contestant to compete in a wheelchair still has a chance to compete at The Crowning Ceremony. The contestant who raises the highest amount for Variety Children’s Charity will join the 28 finalists for a chance at taking the title.
The judging panel includes David ‘Hughesy’ Hughes (Australian Icon & Comedian), Ashy Bines (Fitness Guru & Social Media Icon), Janet Roach (Reality Star from The Real Housewives of Melbourne), David “Robbo” Robinson (Australian Television Personality) & Jinnita Buddee (Miss Thailand).
Watch the video of all the state finalists in their magnificent gowns:
The top 10 are Adau from Victoria, Alexandra from NSW, Eliza from NSW, Claire from Victoria, Esma from Victoria, Amy-Lee from WA, Georgina from Victoria, Venine from WA, Lavinia from NSW, and La-Ace from Queensland!
And the winner is… Victorian Esma Voloder took home the Miss World Australia title!
Esma best out the four other finalists in the question and answer portion of the contest to snatch the $68,000 pearl-encrusted crown on Friday night.
Esma was born in a refugee camp after her parents escaped the Bosnian war between 1992 and 1995 and relocated to Australia. She has gone on to earn a degree in Psychology and is currently working as a criminal profiler in Melbourne.
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Beauty with a Purpose was created by Julia Morley in 1972. The Beauty with a Purpose initiative is at the heart of Miss World with the organization working tirelessly to raise funds for many good causes over the years. More than $1 billion USD has been donated to local and international organisations in aid of disadvantaged children around the globe.
Variety, The Children’s Charity, has been closely associated with Miss World for many years. Upon her inauguration as International President of Variety at the Guildhall in London, Julia Morley was joined by ten previous Miss World winners in support of her appointment.
Amy-Lee and La-Ace
Other causes to have benefited from Miss World include the funding for Cleft Palate Teams in South America, Sri Lanka and Russia; supporting Operation Hunger and the Nelson Mandela Trust in Africa, and teaming up with Jackie Chan and the Chinese Red Cross in bringing aid to those affected by the Asian tsunami.
Beauty With A Purpose does not stop with just the titleholder. National representatives and licence holders are actively encouraged to support worthy projects in their own countries. Part of the brief to contenders in each country is that they volunteer their time or fund raise for projects in their own countries.
Their hard work, dedication and above all, results, are what puts them in the running for the Beauty with a Purpose award. The Beauty With A Purpose Award singles out and recognizes the Miss World contestant who is shown to have made a real difference to people in need in her homeland.