Making a difference
People have different reasons for joining pageants, but the goal of the Australian International Pageants is to allow the contestants to give back, making a positive difference in someone's life. Rather than being driven by self-interest, their goal is to make the world a better place by helping, supporting and inspiring others to be the best that they can be at all times. All of our finalists have stories to which most people can relate, and these stories hold memories of fear, persistence and triumph. By making their voices heard, our contestants can encourage people to move forward and to keep pressing on in spite of any roadblocks that the future might hold.
What most people see when they watch a pageant is only the tip of a much larger iceberg. Behind the lights and cameras, stylists, advisers, photographers and more work countless hours to make each show a reality. The team that puts in the effort to make our pageants possible does not receive any financial compensation for their time or energy. Rather than being driven by monetary rewards, our team of volunteers only want to serve as symbols of hope and perseverance. The crown is not the goal; it is merely a means to an end, allowing each of our contestants to touch the lives of people who are in need of guidance and support.
A Message to the Haters
Before moving forward, I would like to take a moment to address the haters who wish to put us down. Although I understand your point of view, I ask that you try to see what motivates us to keep our dream alive. Because we all donate our time, energy and skills, helping people is the only mission that we have at heart. Pageants are often associated with a lot of negativity, but both the young and mature women who participate strive to build confidence and self-esteem for themselves, for each other and for anyone who is willing to hear their message.
If you can look past the stigma with which people typically view pageants, I am confident that you will start to see the good that we do. But our mission is far from complete, and we welcome all of the support that we can get. Everyone who works with us helps our contestants to serve as role models who teach people to accept themselves for who they are and to pursue their dreams relentlessly. So give us a chance, join our family and help spread the truth.