Mrs., Ms, Miss & Miss Teen Australia International is a competition that recognises gifted women from across the continent. Unlike pageants that focus mainly on beauty, this contest emphasises the talents, the accomplishments, the personalities, and the societal contributions of its participants.
Each of the contestants in this pageant is committed to a worthwhile cause of her choosing, and each is allotted time during the proceedings to speak about that issue. In so doing, these women are able to educate viewers about the steps that they can take to make a positive difference. What's more, every winner spends a full year traveling throughout Australia and advocating for her beliefs.
This contest is part of the esteemed Mrs., Miss & Miss Teen International pageant network, an enterprise that celebrates women from all over the world. It has fast become one of the most distinguished and popular pageant brands on the planet, and many women have found that taking part in one of these competitions is a powerful way to influence others.
As the name indicates, each of these pageants crowns winners in three separate categories.
The Miss Teen bracket is comprised of girls and young women who are between the ages of 13 and 18. Meanwhile, women who fall into the 19-30 age range and who are not married are eligible for the Miss division. The Ms and Mrs goes to women who is between 21 and 56 years of age and their is goodwill ambassador category.
During the Mrs, Ms, Miss and Miss Teen segments of the Australian International pageant, the interview counts for 30 percent of a competitor's score, fitness wear, fun fashion and evening gown portions each count for 20 percent and on stage question counts for 10 percent. However we have an additional 20 bonus points for those who have been active in their community and located sponsors. Furthermore, all of the pageants that make up the International network are known for their equitable and consistent judging practices.
For all of these reasons, ByFERIAL Image Consulting & Training is excited to sponsor the Mrs., Miss & Miss Teen Australia International competition. After all, Ferial Youakim is dedicated to the primary goal of this pageant: the “empowerment of women”. Plus, we're always impressed by this contest's finalists, all of whom serve as upstanding and outstanding role models for young people. They exhibit intelligence, maturity, humility, and compassion, and we simply couldn't be prouder of them.
Meet The Director
Ferial Youakim, National Director
Although my life has not always been perfect, the challenges that I have faced over the years have made me into the person I am today. The pain that I had experienced for so long is what motivated me to embark on my journey and to form the foundation. I was denied the basic human rights to which we should all be entitled, and it would have been easy to give up. But I simply could not bring myself to walk away because I knew in my heart that I had to keep moving forward. If you had met me back then, you would have never guessed that I would be standing here today to tell my story.
In addition to being called a second-class citizen, I was incessantly bullied, and I can't even begin to describe how I felt each time I heard those sharp words that cut through my soul. When you have labels thrown at you from all directions, it's easy to start believing them. They did not think that I belonged, and they had no trouble letting me know what was on their minds. Other people were lucky enough to be born into wealth and social status, but I was not. It was hard for me to understand why they judged others based on their look and materialistic possessions or how they could find it in their hearts to be so cruel. The ones who despised me did not even know who I was.
Even though I did not have much, I had something that they didn't, and as far as I was concerned, the things with which I had been blessed were far more valuable than money, look and fame. My family surrounded me with love and respect, and we were humble. I always knew that human beings were equal and that everyone deserves dignity.
Unlike so many others, I was given a rare opportunity. I was given the opportunity to speak up and to have my voice heard, and I am grateful for that. In the darkest moments of my life, I refused to let go of my dream. No matter how hopeless my situation seemed, I held on to my dream of a better life. Although it took a lot of work, I was able to make my dream into a reality. My goal is to inspire & empower people to face life's challenges head on so that they can also achieve their dreams.
“My dream in life has been to share some of the tools I have found in my own frustrating struggle while not believing in myself. I had to change my thinking to change my life. I had to learn how to believe in myself and love myself for the way I am and not the way others want me to be. For many of us, the key to success lies in overcoming the fear of personal change”
As I look back on my past and how it contrasts with the present and future, feelings of intense joy fill my heart. The trials of my past are what have shaped me into the leader who stands in front of you now, and I have seen others blossom into role models for their communities. Witnessing such a beautiful thing is so rewarding that I can't even put it into words!
My journey has opened many doors and has allowed me to meet many extraordinary men and women who share my vision. Our objective is to make a difference for as many people as we can, and I will always work to inspire & empower people to fight for the life, respect and fair treatment that they deserve.