Josaphine Hikairo Miss Teen of Australia 2018
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine would like to welcome amazing Queen Josaphine Atawhai Hikairo Miss Teen of Australia 2018.
Full name: Josaphine Atawhai Hikairo
Title/Year: Miss Teen of Australia 2018
Pageant System: Miss Of Australia
Zodiac sign: Scorpio
Hobbies: Reading Harry Potter, any sports, dance, drama
Platform: Chosen charity Dogs Home of Tasmania
Years competed: 2 years
Countries visited: New Zealand, Australia, Singapore
Likes: Photoshoots, crafts, cooking
Dislikes: Brussel sprouts
World Class Beauty Queens: Please tell us about yourself.
I'm originally from New Zealand. I came to Tasmania when I was 3 years old. I live with grandparents. I enjoy being active, and have danced from age 6 years and also been a cheerleader for 4 years. I also do modelling for GCP Models and enjoy doing photoshoots. I have been doing pageants for 3 years now. I love being outdoors, and I have 2 rabbits, Riley and Lunar. I’m currently in G10.
World Class Beauty Queens: What does women Empowerment means to you?
Empowerment to me confidence, encouragement and ability. ability to be able to step out of my comfort zone. To strive for things I’d like. Having the confidence to do this.
World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about your pageant history.
My first pageant was Mini Miss Tasmania in 2016, a locally run pageant. I remember the feeling of being in my first ball gown and twirling round, I felt so special.
World Class Beauty Queens: What inspired you to do your first pageant?
I was shy and lacked confidence in some ways and I believe that the pageant friendship and comradery helped me.
World Class Beauty Queens: Why did you choose to compete for your current title?
After having done Mini Miss and FYD pageants, I enjoyed the lead up to finals, being out in the community and doing appearances. And Melbourne is just a short plane ride away and their values were similar to mine. Being the very first year of Miss of Australia was exciting.
World Class Beauty Queens: To those unfamiliar with your pageant system please tell us what is it about?
Miss of Australia [MoA] is about empowering women, building friendships, improving confidence and self-esteem. and being part of your community.
World Class Beauty Queens: What are you being judged on during the competition?
During the competition, you are judged on photogenic, evening wear, fun fashion, active wear and interview.
World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about your experience during the competition.
I love the lead up to crowning, being out in my community. Its really great on crowning night too as were all getting ready for each segment, the friendships and the way girls help each other is so nice.
World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about your platform or what cause do you volunteer for.
My platform is about the animals. My chosen charity is Dogs Home of Tasmania. There are so many lost, strays or surrender dogs that are looking for someone to love them and give them a forever home. Funding is hard to come by and Dogs Home relies on the public help raise much needed funds to help with retraining, and rehoming the dogs.
World Class Beauty Queens: What appearances have you done with your title?
There aren’t too many occasions to wear my crown and sash, but I do enjoy continuing my awareness for the Dogs Home and being out in the community. I also try and attend any major events happening in the city, like Taste of Tasmania, open markets and that type of thing. I sometimes just put my sash on when going to supermarket with my Nan, people always stop and ask what its for and this is how I explain about my charity.
World Class Beauty Queens: What are some of your achievements?
I have been featured in an Online magazine, about MoA and my win. This was in the magazine Ava's World, Also in the lead up to MoA 2018, I raised $2708 for the digs home, and the year before I raised $2500, so I’m pretty happy with that. I was also nominated for and received the FAGA award in Nov 2018 for excellence in pageantry and charity work
World Class Beauty Queens: What is your on stage strategy to win the judges over?
I think it’s really important to be yourself, and enjoy what you are doing and smile, smile smile. The judges can see how you react and that is what is important.
World Class Beauty Queens: What makes you stand out from all those other beautiful girls?
I don’t know that I stand out from others, but I have very curly hair and people always comment on that. I hope I portrait how much I love being there.
World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about the moment your name was called out as the winner.
Shock would probable one word that comes to mind. Happy and so proud to have been chosen. I looked at my Nan and could see her happy too. Honestly, it took me a moment or two for it to sink in.
World Class Beauty Queens: What does it mean to you to be a Beauty Queen?
Beauty queen, I’m still trying to acknowledge those words, but I feel very happy to know that I can make a difference and that Pageants has given me that opportunity to do awareness and raise funds.
World Class Beauty Queens: How did competing in pageants helped your life?
Pageants has given me the confidence and ability to help and encourage other people.
World Class Beauty Queens: How did pageants helped your self-esteem and body image?
Just being more confident and loving what I do has boosted my self-esteem.
World Class Beauty Queens: You are an inspiration to all the girls out there. How does it feel?
That is an amazing compliment, I hope that I do inspire others to have a go, believe in your dreams, and work hard.
World Class Beauty Queens: What are your tips for learning better pageant walk?
Listen to your coach if you have one, but the most important I think is to always practice in heels, look in a mirror too if you have one. The music is important for timing too and smile.
World Class Beauty Queens: What are your tips for choosing right pageant dress?
The biggest thing is that your dress must make you feel special, if so then you will own that dress. Colour and style is important, know what type of pageant you are in.. Is it Glitz, then go for sparkles.
World Class Beauty Queens: What are your tips for winning interview?
I always find them hard, I say practice questions from sites like Pageant Planet. The more you practice the easier it gets. Always look directly at the judges when talking to them. Try and keep hands still. Smile
World Class Beauty Queens: How did you prepare for your competition?
I always practice in my outfits at home with the music when I get it. I start thinking about my hair and makeup and what look I want to go with.
World Class Beauty Queens: What is one mistake that you've done during competing you wish you could redo and fix it?
I’m not sure if I can single one thing out, but I do like to get feedback and hopefully correct that next time.
World Class Beauty Queens: What other mistakes are made by girls during the contest?
I’m not sure I can answer than, but I think a lot of us do the same thing, you have to believe in yourself.
World Class Beauty Queens: Any modelling or acting experience?
Yes I have been lucky enough to model for GCP Models for 3 years now and I love it, I do runway and Photoshoots. I have also competed twice in MFW Australia walking the runway. I have also been cast as an extra in a TV series coming to STAN late 2019 and I do Drama at school.
World Class Beauty Queens: What are your plans for 2019 as a Queen?
I hope to continue to be a voice for my charity the Dogs Home of Tasmania, bringing awareness and I am currently still raising funds for them by selling chocolates.
World Class Beauty Queens: What kind of legacy do you want to leave behind?
I hope that I inspire others to have a go, step out of their comfort zone and reach for the stars.
National Director: Hung Pham
Pageant website: www.missofaustralia.com
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine would like to say thank you for this amazing interview.
Josaphine Atawhai Hikairo Miss Teen of Australia 2018, World Class Beauty Queens Magazine, Photo by Umbral Imagery
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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