Keely Knight Miss Premier Elite 2021
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine would like to welcome amazing Queen Keely Knight Miss Premier Elite 2021.
Full name: Keely Knight
Title/Year: Miss Premier Elite 2021
Pageant System: Premier Elite Pageants
Education Level: Full time performing arts
Zodiac sign: Taurus
Hobbies: Performing, makeup, beauty, self-care, cooking, spirituality
Platform: Autism Association of Western Australia
Years competed: 2021 is my first ever year competing in pageantry
Countries visited: America (O’ahu, Honolulu, Hawaii)
Likes: People who are accepting, glitter (and lots of it!), the colour pink, magic (it actually exists!), amazing food, culture, horror/scary movies, alternative music (my favourite band being The 1975)! Oh, and live music any day.
Dislikes: Detrimental societal standards in any and every way, unnecessarily nasty people, destructively competitive behaviour, any seafood, mushrooms and olives.
Status: In a relationship
World Class Beauty Queens: Please tell us about yourself.
Hello! I’m Keely, and I am an individual who advocates and demonstrates embracing differences and uniqueness. I am also autistic and I was diagnosed at only four years old and my favourite subject at school was English!
World Class Beauty Queens: Please tell us about your education.
I auditioned for full time performing arts at Principal Academy of Dance & Theatre Arts, twice, and I got in the second time after being rejected the first time. It was roughly about fifty hours a week for five days and I was there for two full years as a dance major while also learning how to sing and act as well. Intense.
World Class Beauty Queens: What does women empowerment mean to you?
In a harsh reality, it is so important that us girls and women stick together, support one another and protect each other through whatever we can. We should. Because women can conquer the world if we want to.
World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about your pageant history.
I don’t have much to say as this year (2021) is, and has been my first!
World Class Beauty Queens: What inspired you to do your first pageant?
Leadership. With the intent to inspire and change the world, I thought to myself ‘’why not?’’. Safe to say, I’m thrilled with what’s come out of it and who I’ve met along the way.
World Class Beauty Queens: Why did you choose to compete for your current title?
I chose to compete for this title because I want to be a physical representation of what not giving up, sticking to your guns and staying true to yourself looks like. One should never change their ways and/or who they are as you never know how special your quirks may be and where you will end up.
World Class Beauty Queens: To those unfamiliar with your pageant system please tell us what is it about?
Premier Elite strives to embrace girls and women to inspire with their own separate, individual qualities. We also highly encourage our sash sisters near and far, to succeed in their goals. The glitz and glam is a bonus though!
World Class Beauty Queens: What are you being judged on during the competition?
Most importantly your intent, intellect, intelligence and your heart. Others are your stage presence, personal presentation, creativity, talent, skill and your choice of outfits. Tip: Make sure your outfits are age-appropriate!
World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about your experience during the competition.
It was fantastic. I was surrounded by awesome girls and women who were nothing short of kind and accommodating to me. We had loads of fun both on stage and behind the scenes and I loved walking into the new and unfamiliar world of pageantry. Definitely a weekend to remember for sure!
World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about your platform or what cause do you volunteer for.
I chose to advocate for a community I’m proudly a part of with the Autism Association of Western Australia. I advocate for those on the spectrum because people like us are often overlooked and seen as less than. We have the universal saying ‘’different, not less’’ for a reason. World Class Beauty Queens: What appearances have you done with your title?
So far, many online ones for holidays and special days, fairs, charity events, gigs, business volunteering, team building activities, supporting sash sisters from different systems, business networking, pageant workshops, fundraiser events, attending other pageant shows, radio interviews, hosting children’s parties and forms of modelling.
World Class Beauty Queens: What are some of your achievements?
Since crowning and by my own means, I walked two runway shows with local Perth designers, Karen Elizabeth Young and Jonte’ Morgan. With direction and assistance from my Director, Renata Grandao, I then started two ambassadorships with Time’s Up Escape Rooms alongside co queen, Emma Carver, and I also got involved with a boutique salon, Tranquile Salon, as a hair model all while hoping that I’m doing my job in inspiring people who follow my journey.
World Class Beauty Queens: What makes you stand out from all those other beautiful girls?
While I certainly don’t think I’m any better or worse than others, I believe what makes me stand out is that I am unapologetically me. I strive for greatness no matter my disadvantages as some people would call them.
World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about the moment your name was called out as the winner.
I was truly lost for words and completely shocked! Euphoric even! I remember feeling extremely grateful and blessed to be handed such a prestigious title with all the new and sudden responsibilities I have now. Not complaining!
World Class Beauty Queens: What does it mean to you to be a Beauty Queen?
Being a beauty queen means not only making appearances and wearing your crown, those are just added bonuses, it means to be a special someone, or group, that the younger generation can look up to, that they can respect. A Beauty queen is someone who should be a genuine being that often puts her heart and soul into giving back to the community and a supportive competitor to her sash sisters as well.
World Class Beauty Queens: How did competing in pageants help your life?
I can tell you that without a doubt, pageantry has opened numerous doors for me. However, what’s more important is that it's taught me that kindness really is key and even the slightest gesture makes all the difference in the world. Makes you feel good too.
World Class Beauty Queens: How did pageants help your self-esteem and body image?
Through Premier’s system, us girls and women were nothing but real. Real flaws and features. We weren’t surrounded by social media’s perception of beauty and what we ‘’should’’ look like. Just normal. Human if you will.
World Class Beauty Queens: You are an inspiration to all the girls out there. How does it feel?
It’s a significant responsibility for sure, I won’t lie, but I wouldn’t change it for the world, not at all… I always say, if you have to fake your way through pageants, you’re going to have a very hard time!
World Class Beauty Queens: What is your on stage strategy to win the judges over?
Never fake a smile, look them in the eyes naturally and not forced, don’t look down, also look side to side with your head to the audience if in a catwalk set up, show off your outfits by interacting with them, don’t exaggerate poses and movements, but do make them big and practice your walks!
World Class Beauty Queens: How did you prepare for your competition?
I put money aside and made a plan in advance when it came to pageant prep for outfits, accommodation and pre-competition appearances and I especially attended workshops for knowledge, tips & tricks and will continue to keep learning.
World Class Beauty Queens: What are your tips for learning better pageant walk?
To adjust your posture, think that you’re being held up with a string above your head, chin up, chest up, shoulders back, push hips forward, relax your arms with some natural swing, walk while putting one foot directly in front of the other, swing your hips side to side, never look down where you’re walking, give a little sass and smile!
World Class Beauty Queens: What are your tips for choosing right pageant dress?
You want something that you love, compliments your figure, complexion and that you feel happy and confident in. This way, you won't have any worries about how you feel and look to others in your dress and will perform to the best of your ability. Don’t forget, it also must touch the floor.
World Class Beauty Queens: What are your tips for winning interview?
First of all, don’t force unnatural and overused answers, be genuine, relax but be aware of time, keep your posture upright, rest hands on lap, put legs on an angle with one foot behind the other, speak to all judges and not just the one asking the question, don’t say words such as ‘’um’’, ‘’like’’, ‘’you know’’ and ‘’yeah’’ as this is where your intellect comes in, don’t sound robotic, be vulnerable where you can and smile. Also, really consider modest and elegant outfits that again, compliment your body and complexion that’s age-appropriate.
World Class Beauty Queens: What is one mistake that you've done during competing you wish you could redo and fix it?
One time, I did a cartwheel on the runway during sportswear and my hair fell out. Unless it’s a dance competition, don’t do that. Your best bet is to listen to your coach’s instructions, keep it simple, yet fun and play it safe. I also accidentally touched my dress here and there during evening wear... Oops!
World Class Beauty Queens: What other mistakes are made by girls during the contest?
While I noticed and understood that a lot of us were nervous, myself included, these were a few things that I picked up. Looking down, bouncing/hopping during walks, concentration in the face, bad posture, lack of showing personality, looking from side stage at the audience and talking throughout performances.
World Class Beauty Queens: Any modelling or acting experience?
Yes! I’ve been modelling since I was eleven years old and also started acting around then too. I picked up acting again when I went into full time.
World Class Beauty Queens: What are your plans for 2021/22 as a Queen?
I wish and plan to continue using my platforms to the best of my ability, and to my advantage, to keep on inspiring all to challenge themselves by showing and proving by what they have to offer while keeping their true, genuine identity.
World Class Beauty Queens: What kind of legacy do you want to leave behind?
Honestly? That I’m just different, and not less. That’s all.
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine would like to say thank you for this wonderful interview. Interview by Derek Tokarzewski Owner/Editor in Chief of World Class Beauty Queens Magazine
Keely Knight Miss Premier Elite 2021, World Class Beauty Queens Magazine,
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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