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Haylee Simpson Miss Diamond Australia Ambassador 2017 to 2019

Updated: Jun 19, 2019

Haylee Simpson Miss Diamond Australia Ambassador 2017 to 2019, World Class Princess Magazine, Photo by Charlie Mancini

World Class Princess Magazine would like to welcome amazing Princess Haylee Simpson Miss Diamond Australia Ambassador 2017 to 2019.

Full name:  Haylee Simpson

Title/Year: Miss Diamond Australia Ambassador in 2017 to 2019 Previous title: Miss Junior Diamond Australia 2016

Pageant System: Miss Diamond Australia

Age: 7 when won first title and is now currently 10 years old

Zodiac sign: Pisces

Hobbies: Dancing, Singing, Acting, Playing Hockey

Platform: Alzheimers Australia (Dementia)

Years competed: 2016

Countries visited: Port Vila in Vanuatu. Lifou and Noumea in New Caledonia

Likes: Dancing, Singing, You Tube, Food

Dislikes: Mean people and homework

World Class Princess Magazine: Please tell us about yourself. My name is Haylee and I'm 10 years old. I absolutely love Mermaids. They are my favourite thing in the whole world. Especially Ariel!!! I wish I was a mermaid. I also love to dance and sing. I will sing anywhere I can.... even in the shower. I don't really like school that much..... but I like going so I can see my friends. I like meeting new people and I'm always happy.

World Class Princess Magazine: What does women Empowerment means to you? 

It is being able to be the best I can be with all things I try and do. It’s the ability to be able to do many things every day and to be confident in yourself, your beliefs and your values.

World Class Princess Magazine: Tell us about your pageant history.

I started competing in pageants at a very early age when I was just 3 years old. I won numerous awards during these years including 3 Mini Grand Supreme Awards and several other Supreme title awards. I retired from Glitz pageants in late 2015. I decide to do a Miss style pageant in 2016 and I won. I haven't competed since. 

World Class Princess Magazine: What inspired you to do your first pageant?

At such a young age it was my mum that entered me, and I was happy with it, I absolutely loved the stage and wanted to be up there and get dressed up and look beautiful.

World Class Princess Magazine: Why did you choose to compete for your current title?

My current title of Diamond Ambassador was earned after holding my title of Miss Junior Diamond Australia for a year, I earned this title due to my ongoing dedication, love and commitment to the MDA system and my continuing fundraising and community efforts. I originally decided to compete in Miss Diamond Australia and compete for the title of Miss Junior Diamond Australia because I wanted one last chance on a pageant stage and especially to enter a Miss style pageant. 

World Class Princess Magazine: To those unfamiliar with your pageant system please tell us what is it about?

Miss Diamond is about celebrating the diversity of men and women. The system allows us to choose a charity of our choice to raise funds and awareness for that charity. It’s not just about how beautiful you can look or be, it’s about being able to actually make a difference in your community. You earn points leading up to the finals, it's not just about that moment on stage. You cannot just turn up on the day like Glitz pageants and expect to win, you really earn your title in this system.

World Class Princess Magazine: What are you being judged on during the competition?

Your public appearances before the finals, wearing your national finalist sash out in your community so creating awareness for your chosen charity, also the funds you raise for your charity, your interview, your walk, your stage presence, and you as an overall person. It’s not just about a dress or your hair/makeup. It’s the complete package... before and during the finals.

World Class Princess Magazine: Tell us about your experience during the competition.

I was privileged to have met a lot of people in my local community and also raising funds for Alzheimers Australia. This charity was very personal for me because my Grandpa who had Alzheimers. He has since passed from this horrible disease. I loved making people aware of what the charity does and also about Miss Diamond. I loved making appearances in my Sash and telling people all about what I was doing.

World Class Princess Magazine: Tell us about your platform or what cause do you volunteer for. 

The Miss Diamond Australia platform is unique in that you are not forced to raise funds and awareness to the pageant systems charity of choice, you get to choose something that means something to you, this way you are much more connected to your charity of choice. I chose Alzheimers Australia. (dementia) I raised over $2000 in my time leading up to the finals in 2016. I chose this charity because of my Grandpa who has since passed away (2018) 

World Class Princess Magazine: What appearances have you done with your title?

With my title I have made many appearances now which is a really special experience. I've met so many people and it becomes a talking point as people are always interested to see your sash and ask what it is for, I've attended many functions, and I have had the privilege of crowning new title holders at many different Pageants. The list is endless and i am very proud of my title.

World Class Princess Magazine: What are some of your achievements?

I have been dancing for 5 years and I now also participate in Drama productions. I have participated in 4 stage productions in the past 2 years and I am currently about to commence on a 2 week long training session to be a part of a Mass Ensemble Arena production on The Wizard of OZ. Last year at school I won the choir award for my singing. I believe my experience in pageantry has assisted me with the confidence needed to perform in these onstage performances.

World Class Princess Magazine: What is your on stage strategy to win the judges over?

My mum has always taught me to be myself and the most important thing to remember is to HAVE FUN!!!! 

World Class Princess Magazine: What makes you stand out from all those other beautiful girls?

I am me!! I don't try to be anyone else and I am natural. What you see is what you get. 

World Class Princess Magazine: Tell us about the moment your name was called out as the winner.

All I remember was that when they called out 2nd place I knew I had won!! I was so excited and so proud of myself. I didn't enter to win. It was just for a bit of fun. I also remember making sure my dress was perfect before I went to accept my title. I couldn't wipe the smile off my face. 

World Class Princess Magazine: What does it mean to you to be a Beauty Queen?

It’s important to remember to still be myself. You can be a Beauty Queen and still be yourself. I believe it is important not to get lost in the hype of it all and change who you are, you still need to present yourself well and represent your system also you need to remember that you worked hard for your title.

World Class Princess Magazine: How did competing in pageants helped your life?

It has made me more confident and accepting of others. I like everyone no matter what walk of life you are from. It has helped me to also know and understand that you don't need a crown to be a winner. 

World Class Princess Magazine: How did pageants helped your self-esteem and body image? I love myself as I am. I don't pretend to be something I am not. I have learned to accept how I look and also how others look. We are all different. I am a very confident girl. I love to try new things now and before pageants I wouldn't try anything. 

World Class Princess Magazine: You are an inspiration to all the girls out there. How does it feel?

It feels great. I just want all the other girls out there to know they are beautiful just as they are. Each and every one of us are different and that’s what makes us all special. They need to remember to always have fun in everything they do. That’s the winning part!!

World Class Princess Magazine: What are your tips for learning better pageant walk?

Be natural and always have fun. Enjoy your time on stage as its your time to shine. 

World Class Princess Magazine: What are your tips for choosing right pageant dress?

Pick what is right for you, the colour, cut and make, also it needs to fit perfectly, or you will not feel happy in it. No one can tell you what to wear. It’s your choice as you have to wear it. Choose a colour that suits you, the way you look and your personality. 

World Class Princess Magazine: What are your tips for winning interview?

Be natural and answer as best you can. Don't be worried if you say something wrong, it’s your opinion not someone else's. 

World Class Princess Magazine: How did you prepare for your competition? As part of the competition we are asked on stage What our chosen charity is and why we chose it, so this is what I needed to prepare. I practised my speech over and over again until I got it right, however I believe I did so well because it came from the heart and meant something to me. Everything else was just go with the flow. 

World Class Princess Magazine: What is one mistake that you've done during competing you wish you could redo and fix it?

I can't think of a mistake that I've made that I would like to change. I am always happy with my performance. No one is perfect and we all make mistakes sometimes. 

World Class Princess Magazine: What other mistakes are made by girls during the contest?

The biggest mistake to make is they don't have fun!!! it’s important to not take anything to heart and just enjoy every moment of your experience. 

World Class Princess Magazine: Any modelling or acting experience?

I have acted in 4 stage productions, The Little Mermaid, Wizard of OZ, Anything Goes and Aladdin. 

World Class Princess Magazine: What are your plans for 2019 as a Queen?

To get out there and promote my system. Be proud of the title I have and encourage others to give it a go. You don't need to win a crown to be a winner. You just need to do your best and be proud of what you do.

World Class Princess Magazine: What kind of legacy do you want to leave behind?

I want to be known as the girl who can do anything. Who knows what she wants and always has fun wherever she goes. 

National Director: Morgan and Charlie Mancini

Pageant website: www.missdiamondaustralia.com World Class Princess Magazine would like to say thank you for this wonderful interview.

Haylee Simpson Miss Diamond Australia Ambassador 2017 to 2019, World Class Princess Magazine, Photo by Charlie Mancini

Interview by Derek Tokarzewski Owner/Editor in Chief Mr United Nations 2018 Platform: Women Empowerment Ambassador to International Foundation for Orphans iffocares.org

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