Arundhati Banerjee Miss Teen Diamond Australia 2019
Updated: May 30, 2019
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine would like to welcome amazing Queen Arundhati Banerjee Miss Teen Diamond Australia 2019.
Full name: Arundhati Banerjee
Title/Year: Miss Teen Diamond Australia 2019
Pageant System: Miss & Mr Diamond Australia
Age: 16 Years
Zodiac sign: Capricorn
Hobbies: Dancing and Acting
Platform: E. motion 21- Supporting children and young adults with Down Syndrome
Years competed: 1 year and currently in the second year as reigning queen
Countries visited: 6
Likes: Art, Cuisines and Dogs
Dislikes: Inequality, War and Lack of concern for Environment
World Class Beauty Queens: Please tell us about yourself.
I am a 16-year-old, Year 11 student and a Social Artreprenuer with a vision to empower lives and change perception through the medium of performing arts. I have along with my parents founded AIDA- Bharatanatyaved, academy for performing arts, that believes in creating thoughtful experiences, expanding the frontiers of tradition and art, through the medium of dance. I am a trained Indian classical dancer and currently receive training in the art of expression and dramaturgy of the very ancient Sanskrit text called Natyashastra. I am also receiving training on western forms of dance namely, contemporary, classical, jazz, hip-hop and musical. I have completed my Australian National Certificate II and will be completing my Certificate III in Dance this year.
In the future I aspire to study in Julliard and create a unique art form that would integrate the best of eastern and western part of the world, given that I would have received a comprehensive training from both sides of the world and contribute to the entertainment industry.
World Class Beauty Queens: What does women Empowerment means to you?
I feel truly empowered as woman as I can define my path, take my decisions and supported at every step. I felt no different from the other gender as I could voice my opinions be it at home, school and any other. It is truly a blessing, as I see this is not true with every woman and would want to be voice of those who are not given that opportunity.
Women Empowerment is an important subject and encompasses a plethora of issues from domestic violence, sexual harassment, education, female foeticide and many other. I hope to be the voice of those who need the support to feel equally capable and no less than the other gender by participating in events, organisations that facilitate empowerment of women and through the medium of art.
World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about your pageant history.
I have participated in Miss Glamourgenic and won the title of Supreme Talent and won other subtitles as well in the year 2018
Then followed the Miss and Mr Diamond Australia 2019 where I won the title and seven other subtitles.
I look forward to represent Australia in the international platform in the future.
World Class Beauty Queens: What inspired you to do your first pageant?
I have always desired to be part of the entertainment industry, as I am passionate about dance and acting. I have been training in dance from a young age of 5 years.
I took up a modelling course when I was just 13 and loved the course immensely and decided to look at pageants. I did some research and decided to take up Miss Glamourgenic, as it would give me a perspective of the pageantry world and hence decided to join the nationally acclaimed pageant Miss and Mr Diamond Australia.
World Class Beauty Queens: Why did you choose to compete for your current title?
I decided to compete in the Teen category in the Miss &Mr Diamond Australia Pageant 2019, as I could be the voice of many teenagers and be instrumental in serving as role model for all those who want to make a difference to the community and their lives.
I believe that youth is the future of tomorrow and to showcase beauty is skin deep is what I stood for, which aligned with the vision of Miss Diamond Australia 2019.
World Class Beauty Queens: To those unfamiliar with your pageant system please tell us what is it about?
Miss and Mr Diamond Australia is a beauty contest with a difference where age, race, marital status, height, weight is not the criteria for entry. It is important to work for the charity one is passionate about, conduct onself with utmost dignity and an opportunity to walk the ramp be it fashion wear or the evening formal dress. An opportunity to build self-confidence and public speaking skills through private interview and charity speech.
A pageant that celebrates diversity, creates role models and community heroes and believes in inclusion.
World Class Beauty Queens: What are you being judged on during the competition?
The participants are judged for persona, elegance, poise, confidence, style, passion, commitment to their chosen charity and ability to take up the responsibility and the title of Miss and Mr Diamond Australia.
World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about your experience during the competition.
It was a wonderful yearlong competition as it involved activities that was built up to the final 2-day event. There were social media competitions and video logs were created and published in YouTube, followed by talent round where I auditioned and won the title of Talent Queen, getting an opportunity to perform in the Grand Finals. The red carpet, media presence, camaraderie shared with co-contestants and the warmth extended by the judges and the organisers Charlie Mancini and Morgan Mancini was euphoric. I found it to be the most cherished moment of my life.
World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about your platform or what cause do you volunteer for.
I am an artist and hence chose the organisation that believes art as the true medium for integration of mind, body and soul. This is e. motion21 which imparts dance training to children and young adults with down syndrome. I decided to be the voice of these trendsetters as they challenged stereotypes and are a part of mainstream dancing just like any other human being.
World Class Beauty Queens: What appearances have you done with your title?
I have won the title of Miss Teen Diamond Australia 2019 in the month of April this year. Immediately after the pageant I was invited by the Kodomo No Hi – Japanese Festival. I have also been invited and felicitated by Seven News -Young Achiever Award 2019. I met the Mayor of Holdfast Bay Council and discussed my way forward as a reigning queen. I donated clothes at the Save the Children Op Shop.
World Class Beauty Queens: What are some of your achievements?
I have won Miss Glamourgenic Supreme title. I have also won the KAR dance competition and won the overall 1st place in the 15-19 age category and was invited to Hollywood to perform. I have been felicitated at the Seven News -Young Achiever Award and been conferred with the membership of International Dance Council-Partnered with UNESCO.
I have raised an amount of AUD $3852 towards my chosen charity e. motion 21through social media campaign and the biggest has been a debut dance production in the Fringe, the proceeds of which were contributed to the charity organisation. I had the opportunity, to produce, project-manage, choreograph and train a dance troupe of 20 artist.
I was covered by print, social, television and other media channels.
World Class Beauty Queens: What is your on-stage strategy to win the judges over?
It is important to do some research about your judges, their background, expectations and having an eye contact with them while on stage and exhibiting the confidence and charisma through the walk and speech.
World Class Beauty Queens: What makes you stand out from all those other beautiful girls?
I believe that all of us are unique in our owns ways and every contestant had something that I could learn from. Being myself, believing in me and loving what I like the most- which is the stage for me, I guess has made me win this coveted title.
World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about the moment your name was called out as the winner.
It was a euphoric moment, an evening that culminated with year-long hard work, planning, perseverance and was truly blissful to see the joy in my parents face who have equally contributed in my journey.
World Class Beauty Queens: What does it mean to you to be a Beauty Queen?
A beauty queen is one who is beautiful inside-out, and who can be inspirational to many aspiring hearts. An individual who has a vision, has the grace, persona and charisma.
World Class Beauty Queens: How did competing in pageants helped your life?
It gave me a platform to reach to the wider community, charitable institutions be the voice of the less privileged. It helped me build networking and socialisation skills.
World Class Beauty Queens: How did pageants helped your self-esteem and body image?
I always believe that beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder and to me I always maintained a positive mindset and body image of myself, which helped me recognise the beauty that lies within me.
World Class Beauty Queens: You are an inspiration to all the girls out there. How does it feel?
Feels empowered, get a sense of responsible, have an integrity to uphold
World Class Beauty Queens: What are your tips for learning better pageant walk?
Be yourself, enjoy your time on the ramp, practice your routine, watch past winners from pageants.
World Class Beauty Queens: What are your tips for choosing right pageant dress?
It is important to look at the pageant dress requirement laid down by the organisers which is the starting point. As well the pageant dress needs to be age appropriate. I look at past pageant winners. I tend to look at few things in pageant dress that I choose – does it meet the requirements of the pageant, does it reflect my personality, is it unique, does it have the elegance, how creative can I be with my pageant dress, does it accentuate my walk. Finally, I believe that how one carries the dress is more important than anything else.
World Class Beauty Queens: What are your tips for winning interview?
I did research on interview questions that are asked in pageants. I practiced voice modulation, my opening and closing lines, presentation, body language which I think is very important. I rehearsed and received feedback from mentors in the Modelling Industry.
I received few weeks of formal training from a TEDx speaker and coach which made a great difference as my networking and socialisation skills also improved further.
World Class Beauty Queens: How did you prepare for your competition?
I ensured that I had a comprehensive understanding of what is expected from the contestants, the do’s and don’ts’s. I looked at past contestants and winners in the facebook page and pageant website. I clearly defined a plan and a checklist of things that required to be attended. As and when I completed my tasks I ensured that they are ticked off and prioritised based on the deadlines.
I ensured to read all the notices, handouts and listen to the video sessions conducted by the organisers. I sought clarification when I had pertinent doubts and never left anything to the last minute. Be it my preparation for the charity speech, my formal evening gown, my make-up, hair or the fun-fashion wear.
World Class Beauty Queens: What is one mistake that you've done during competing you wish you could redo and fix it?
If there is an opportunity to connect with your fellow contestants, past winners and contestants it would be a great idea to establish the rapport and not wait for the meeting during the actual pageant day. I built great relationship during the two days of the pageant and as well won the Miss Congeniality Title. However, as it was such a packed schedule, I was restrained with time and would have loved to spend more quality time with all the contestants. I believe it is important to network, build relationship and have the support of each other, given that it is a small world.
World Class Beauty Queens: What other mistakes are made by girls during the contest?
I wouldn’t refer it as a mistake but what I believe is important, is to be oneself, as this brings out the uniqueness of who you are as a person. While it is good to recognise what worked for others and how they were successful in winning the title, it is important to have a unique selling proposition and as much as possible try not to replicate or be someone else.
World Class Beauty Queens: Any modelling or acting experience?
Apart from Miss and Mr Diamond Australia 2019, I have participated and won the Miss Glamourgenic -Supreme Talent title in 2018. I was also a National finalist in the Face of Capezio Dance Model and will be modelling for the designer Rocky Gathercole Collection at Miss World Australia 2019- on the 7th July 2019
World Class Beauty Queens: What are your plans for 2019 as a Queen?
I plan to actively be involved in community service apart from my chosen charity e.motion21. I have initiated talks with several non-profit organisations such as Can Teen supporting teenagers affected by cancer related problems and many more such outfits. I will be also be attending several fashion shows such as Fashion Week, Adelaide Fashion Festival and have been selected to model for Miss World Australia 2019- Rocky Gathercole Collection on the 7th July 2019.
I will also be participating and spreading awareness of important National and International events such as Harmony Day, National Reconciliation Week and many more. Apart from this I will be participating in several dance and cultural festivals at International and National platforms. As well will be competing in Dance competitions throughout the year and will be actively involved in media appearances.
World Class Beauty Queens: What kind of legacy do you want to leave behind?
I wish to bring a positive change in people’s life and be an inspiration to many young aspiring hearts by the work that I do, be it community service or my involvement in the entertainment industry. I want to be known as a person representing a unified global community, breaking barriers, challenging stereotypes, celebrating diversity and inclusion. Finally, I wish to be remembered as someone who truly believed in the ideology of being human is about spreading love, joy and peace and believing in oneself.
National Director: Morgan Mancini
Pageant website: https://www.missdiamondaustralia.com/ World Class Beauty Queens Magazine would like to say thank you to Arundhati Banerjee Miss Teen Diamond Australia 2019 for this wonderful interview.
Arundhati Banerjee Miss Teen Diamond Australia 2019, World Class Beauty Queens Magazine, Photo by Greg Schwark
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