Emma-Jay Webber Ms Paragon International 2019
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine would like to welcome amazing Queen and our Cover Girl Emma-Jay Webber Ms Paragon International 2019
Full name: Emma-Jay Webber
Title/Year: Ms Paragon International 2019
Pageant System: Miss Paragon International
Zodiac sign: Aries
Hobbies: Football (Soccer), Dance & Music.
Platform: Women Empowerment, Body Image and Real Representation in the fashion industry/media and LGBT issues.
Years competed: 2
Countries visited: 8
Likes: Sports, Dance, Music, Meeting new people, public speaking to inspire and empower, charity events, power of positivity, my pageant sisters!
Dislikes: Fair ground rides, balloons, pineapple on pizza.
World Class Beauty Queens: Please tell us about yourself.
I am strong, independent woman, firm but fair, kind and caring, and loves hugs! I have two small children who are my absolute world who inspire and motivate me to follow my dreams. I currently work for a charity helping disabled adults and children with their mobility needs. Previous jobs include being a physiotherapist for a football club and I was also in the Avon & Somerset Police Force. I have a BSc (Hons) degree in Science of Football specialising in Physiology and Psychology, and I have played football for many years until I suffered an injury to my knee. I'm now an aspiring dancer, beauty queen, self confessed fashionista and love nothing better than spending time with my girlfriend, friends and family. World Class Beauty Queens: How does it feel to be the Cover Girl of such a prestigious International pageant magazine? It is an absolute honour to have this incredible opportunity to be Cover Girl. It really is a dream come true. I am so proud to represent my country, England, and Miss Paragon International pageant on such a prestigious and International platform. World Class Beauty Queen Magazine and the World Class Brand is full of the most inspiration people from around the world and it's so amazing to be a part of that.
World Class Beauty Queens: What does women Empowerment means to you? Women empowerment for me, is about strong women fighting social norms to break through and fight towards gender equality. I feel its important to keep the momentum going enabling women to empower themselves by organizing campaigns and voicing their opinions for equality rights without feeling oppressed by members of society. I feel that every women and girl should feel empowered to never doubt that they are valuable, powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world to pursue and achieve their own dreams.
Amazing things happen when women support and empower each other... after all real queens fix each other crowns.
World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about your pageant history.
I am fairly new to the pageant world. I competed for the first time in Miss British Beauty Curve in 2018 where I finished 1st Runner Up, representing my home city, Bristol. I also won 2 other awards at the British Beauty Curve Finals - Best in Publicity and Best in Glitz and Glam round. In October 2018 I went onto my first International pageant representing England at Miss International Curve, placing 2nd runner up. After the success within the 'plus size' world I decided to compete in a mainstream pageant as a plus size girl. I represented South England at Miss Paragon International.. and I am now your reigning Queen - Ms Paragon International!!
World Class Beauty Queens: What inspired you to do your first pageant?
I was reading online around the 'Body Image Movement' when I came across a blog from a previous queens. Everything the pageant girls spoke about echoed my own ethos, morals and beliefs. Watching previous years competitions online gave me the overwhelming feeling that I still cannot explain to this day.. I just knew I have to do this! I finally found where I belong!
World Class Beauty Queens: Why did you choose to compete for your current title?
After the success within the 'plus size' world I decided to compete in a mainstream pageant, hoping to have a positive impact on the pageant world and send out a really efficacious message, inspiring other plus size girls to be body confident.
World Class Beauty Queens: To those unfamiliar with your pageant system please tell us what is it about?
Miss Paragon International aims to Empower you to love the skin you're in. We show you that you are beautiful, both inside and out, help you achieve confidence in yourself, be motivational and inspirational, encouraging you to inspire others and to help in your community. Be Strong - Be Proud - Be You!
World Class Beauty Queens: What are you being judged on during the competition?
There are 4 rounds where you are scored: Opening round, National Wear, Fashion Wear, and Evening Gown. There are also points awarded from your interview, appearances/charity work and grand final weekend challenges, such as '9 shot photo shoot challenge'.
World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about your experience during the competition.
Being part of Miss Paragon International has been incredible. It has been completely life changing. I had the opportunity to be involved in campaigns, fundraising, and events for so many worthy causes. The Final itself was incredible, but the best experience has come from my time with my pageant sisters, and now international life long friends, especially my sister Queens and director Elle. Each girl on the stage was so inspirational and I love them all. Backstage we really did have our own world peace as we all helped each other prior to the competition, wishing each other luck and to celebrated the start of some amazing friendships. World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about your platform or what cause do you volunteer for.
My platform is around body image, body positivity and real representation in fashion and media. Low body confidence damages people’s lives. It affects everyone and starts young. It can stop people from taking part in activities and can seriously affect peoples physical and mental health. Everyone should feel good about their bodies and live their best lives. Body confidence is for everyone and it shouldn’t matter what size, weight or shape we are! I feel passionate about redefining the definition of beauty so that one day society as a whole will recognize that each and everyone of us is unique, worthy and beautiful! I also support Stonewall. Stonewall empower LGBT people to be their authentic selves, enabling them to realize and achieve their full potential, and we empower LGBT people and allies to create positive change.
World Class Beauty Queens: What appearances have you done with your title?
I have been to a number of fundraisers for local schools and projects, I have supported campaigns around body image issues, had articles in local papers and interviewed on local TV to help encourage and inspire everyone to love the skin they are in. I have been lucky enough to work with BBC Radio talking about eating disorders, body image, plus size fashion, using plus size models in media/fashion, and my involvement in pageants. I have also had the opportunity to judge at pageants, such as Miss Magical Charity. I recently became Patron of the Dragon Fly Project (a charity helping with self esteem and metal health issues in children and young adults).
World Class Beauty Queens: What are some of your achievements?
I have many achievements both professional and personal from Graduating from University with BSc (Hons) Science and Football, overcoming an eating disorder in my early twenties, to raising my two children, and not forgetting the amazing times and awards I have won through pageantry and my Ms Paragon International title.
World Class Beauty Queens: What is your on stage strategy to win the judges over?
The most important thing when on stage is to be yourself, be natural and let your inner beauty shine through. I like to bring enthusiasm, energy, personality and have fun!
World Class Beauty Queens: What makes you stand out from all those other beautiful girls?
I don't think I stand out, as everybody is unique and beautiful. I feel I am unique because I stand for something different, I'm a plus size girl and I place as much importance on inner beauty as well as physical appearance. I have embraced my body, what its been through and I love every lump, bump, wobbly bit and scar. The key to beauty is confidence, happiness and feeling good. Also I like to break boundaries, normative rules, and serve as a role model as the first openly gay UK beauty Queen in a mainstream pageant system. I aim to inspire, empower and encourage women and girls that regardless of your sexual orientation you can still follow your dreams.
World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about the moment your name was called out as the winner.
Its such a surreal moment anytime my name has been called out on stage, I never expect to hear my name as every girl I have shared the stage with is so incredible and an inspiration. I was in total shock!
World Class Beauty Queens: What does it mean to you to be a Beauty Queen?
To be a Beauty Queen means being a truly beautiful person on the inside. A Beauty Queen is the kind of woman that has a passion and a mission so fierce, nothing could stop her. She's intelligent, she's beautiful, she's selfless, and she's fearless. She's also the kind of women that builds up her sisters rather than tearing them down as real queens fix each others crowns! World Class Beauty Queens: How did competing in pageants helped your life?
I have been on journey of self acceptance and learning to love myself. Pageant systems are full of so many inspirational women that have helped me grow as a person. I have gained so much confidence, realised my self worth and learned to look after myself. More importantly pageants has given me a platform to serve as a role model to help other people realise their worth and own beauty.
World Class Beauty Queens: How did pageants helped your selfesteem and body image?
I've had many battles with body image, self esteem, and confidence over the years and I have overcome the challenges to become a very proud plus size girl! There was a time in my life when I had no confidence, self worth, and I hated my reflection. Pageants and my pageant family is a very positive place to be. I am surrounded by supportive, like minded people. Distancing myself from negativity and finding pageant queen role models helped massively.. I became happy on the inside... and it began to show on the outside #glowup. World Class Beauty Queens: You are an inspiration to all the girls out there. How does it feel?
Although the pressure of that is both daunting and humbling, its a huge responsibility and one that I take very seriously. I have received many messages from people about positive changes they have made in their life because they have seen what I have been doing previously as Mrs England Curve and now Ms Paragon International.
World Class Beauty Queens: What are your tips for learning better pageant walk?
Practice, Practice, Practice... like there is no tomorrow! Do not try to copy the same walk as someone else, find your own style, whats comfortable for you and yourself, be unique. World Class Beauty Queens: What are your tips for choosing right pageant dress?
I am extremely lucky that I have a fantastic sponsor 'Just For You Bridal' that provide all of my dresses for competition. However, when choosing a pageant dress it can become overwhelming. I would recommended finding a dress that suits your body type and a colour that suits your skin tone. The most important thing is that you are comfortable and happy, as it never matters what dress your are wearing its ALL about the girl inside the dress.
World Class Beauty Queens: What are your tips for winning interview?
The most important thing is to speak from your heart and be yourself, you can never go wrong. Its good to reflect on your time and achievements under your title prior to interview as its easy to get swept up in the moment, and forget what you would like to say. I would not recommend over practicing for interview as it can come across robotic and unnatural.
World Class Beauty Queens: What is one mistake that you've done during competing you wish you could redo and fix it?
I have made many mistakes during competing, like forgetting to wear my insoles, so my feet were slipping with every step I made! However, it became part of the experience - I wouldn't go back and change it! Its not about the mistakes you make, its how you recover from them that counts! Mistakes are crucial for learning and growth and is part of the journey in becoming the best version of yourself.
World Class Beauty Queens: What other mistakes are made by girls during the contest?
I've unfortunately seen other contestants show a lack of humility, no one is bigger than the pageant and what it stands for, bad behavior doesn't go unnoticed on or off the stage. It really important to support your pageant sisters and up keep the spirit and positive environment of the pageant.
World Class Beauty Queens: Any modelling or acting experience?
I have worked with local photographers on their projects, and taken part in a number of shoots. I've attended a number of casting calls for all sorts of modelling jobs. I have regular shoots with Scarlett's Secrets: South Wales Model Events and as part of my Ms Paragon International title I have been signed with El Unico brand which was launched at New York Fashion Week last year.
World Class Beauty Queens: What are your plans for 2019 as a Queen?
My plan for 2019 is to continue supporting and joining campaigns around body positivity, body image and real representation of bodies in the fashion industry and media. I also have a number of Queen duties and appearances to complete, as well as support and guide this years Miss Paragon girls. Its going to be a very busy year... and I cant wait to get started!!
World Class Beauty Queens: What kind of legacy do you want to leave behind?
I would like to believe that I have been able to instill confidence and self worth in others enabling them to strive to be the best version of themselves, whatever that may be... by showing what can be achieved when you have the belief in yourself and push yourself out of your comfort zone. I hope to pass on the message that you should never doubt yourself, you are valuable, powerful and deserving of every opportunity in the world to pursue your dreams. Being unique is what makes us all beautiful, and you are prefect just the way you are!
Empower - Educate - Inspire.
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Pageant website:https://www.missparagoninternational.com. World Class Beauty Queens Magazine would like to to our Cover Girl Emma-Jay Webber Ms Paragon International 2019 for this wonderful interview. Print Magazine Emma-Jay was published in: Purchase link. www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/1607097
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