World Class Beauty Queens Magazine would like to welcome amazing Queen Sarah Kana-ah Ms Diamond UK 2022.
Full name: Sarah Kana-ah
Title/Year: Ms Regency Uk/ Ms Diamond UK 2022
Pageant System: Regency Interntional / Miss Diamond UK
Education Level: Bachelors Degree
Zodiac sign: Cancer
Hobbies: fitness, self defence
Platform: Somerset Anxiety Support + Empower Protecting Womans Safety
Years competed: 7 years
Countries visited: Spain, Portugal, America, France, Turkey, Cyrpus
Likes: peanut butter, small acts of kindness, music and comedy
Dislikes: negativity, smoking, bullying
Status: Single World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: Please tell us about yourself.
I’m half Syrian and a proud mother to an 11-year-old little boy called Ethan. During the week you will hear me broadcasting across the airwaves on BBC Radio Somerset. Alongside this I have two platforms a mental health and female empowerment platform. And I give up my time to volunteer for 3 wonderful charities too.
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: Please tell us about your education.
I have a bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism. I’m an Emergency First Responder and a qualified mental health first aider and suicide prevention trained too.
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: What does women Empowerment means to you?
For me it’s about helping women gain back the power and control over their life to make their own choices. As a survivor of abuse, my mission is to be that strong female role model in today’s society and symbol of strength to other survivors out there, helping them build back their self-worth, confidence, inner strength so that they can live a happier, safer more positive life.
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: Tell us about your pageant history.
My first pageant I competed in was Miss Galaxy UK in the Miss division in 2016. In 2021 I competed in Miss Atlantic UK and proudly won the national title. Last October I competed in Miss Diamond UK and won the Ms division. Diamond Is an international pageant so next month I’m off to Las Vegas to compete for the international Ms title as part of Regency International.
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: What inspired you to do your first pageant?
My dad had cancer at the time, and I thought I was going to lose him, so I wanted to do something to help raise money for a cancer charity and make him proud. That’s when I discovered Miss Galaxy UK and the chosen charity being the christie cancer charity. I also wanted to work on my own confidence and push myself out of my comfort zone, after struggling a lot with anxiety and low self-esteem after being in a domestic violence relationship.
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: Why did you choose to compete for your current title? I entered Diamond for many reasons but one being that it’s a system that supports and raises money for mental health. This is very important to be being someone who has struggled with anxiety and now helping many people with their mental health through my own platform. Also, it’s a system that is very diverse and being half Syrian, it felt like the perfect system.
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: To those unfamiliar with your pageant system please tell us what is it about? Diamond is a system open to all women. Every person crowned will be given the opportunity to represent their country at internationals in Las Vegas.
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: What makes your director different from others?
Both my directors Tina and Danni are absolutely amazing and two of the kindest people I know. They’re both very supportive and look after all of their contestants as well as their queens.
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: What are you being judged on during the competition? You have a 3-minute interview with the judges, so you’re judged on the interview as well as your stage presence during fashion and evening walk.
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: Tell us about your experience during the competition. I had such a wonderful time at Diamond. Made so many lovely friends who some of which I’m going to Vegas with next month. Diamond splits the sections over a few days which I really like, as it means you can focus on one area at a time.
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: Who would you recommend your system to?
I would recommend my system to anyone out there looking to enter a system that supports mental health, diversity, body confidence and helps woman grow and feel empowered. It’s a true sisterhood. We all support each other and bring out the best in one another.
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: Tell us about your platform or what cause do you volunteer for?
Somerset Anxiety support is a platform that helps support, educate and empower anyone going through mental difficulties. I organise events, guest speakers and online video and phone support. My second platform is EMPOWER- Protecting Woman’s Safety which is a female empowerment platform for survivors of domestic violence. As part of this I help teach woman basic self-defence techniques to give them the strength and courage to leave toxic situations and live a much happier, safer life. I volunteer alongside this as an Emergency First Responder for the British Red Cross and St John Ambulance helping save lives within my community. I also volunteer on the crisis line for MIND the mental health charity.
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: What appearances have you done with your title?
Wow! I have been so busy with my title. I’ve faced my fear of heights and climbed down a building and a cliff at 125ft. In a couple of weeks i will be walking on the wing of a plane whilst being thousands of feet high in the sky for charity too. At Easter I shared 600 easter eggs across two different countries supporting children in hospital and in domestic violence safe houses.
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: What are some of your achievements? I have achieved so much over the years, but I’d say my biggest achievement is still being here today after surviving a domestic violence relationship. I was in and out of hospital and. I also recently won the community resilience award for all the community work I do to help people living in crisis.
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: What makes you stand out from all those other beautiful girls?
Every delegate has their own passion and purpose and I’m sure everyone will truly shine in Vegas, but I personally feel I stand out from all the other contestants as I’m already working as a trusting, respectful role model working as a broadcaster and producer for the BBC. Giving people within my community a platform to share their story and be heard.
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: Tell us about the moment your name was called out as the winner.
It literally was a pinch me moment. Honestly a dream come true.
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: What does it mean to you to be a Beauty Queen?
To be a role model to others out there and to help make a difference to the lives of others. Advocating for causes close to your heart and making a positive impact to the people around you by inspiring, empowering and encouraging those to be the best version of themselves.
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: How did competing in pageants helped your life?
Pageants have given me a real sense of purpose. Being someone who started pageants with no confidence and very low self-esteem, it has given me the confidence to know I can do anything I set my mind to. I found self-love within myself and conquered a lot of fears by pushing myself out of my comfort zone by doing some outrageous challenges to help raise money for charity. Plus, I’ve created some of the most amazing friendships through competing and helped so many people through my legacy projects.
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: How did pageants helped your self-esteem and body image? Being someone who was told I was ugly, fat, not good enough, wouldn’t account for anything by my abuser, to now someone who is strong, confident and helping the lives of so many people out there has really helped my self-esteem.
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: You are an inspiration to all the girls out there. How does it feel?
It’s feels amazing to know that I help inspire so many women out there. I may not be able to change my story and the horrible events that I went through, but I can help the younger generation and those out there who have left or are currently in a domestic violence relationship.
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: What is your on-stage strategy to win the judges over? Just keep smiling and don’t rush! Enjoy the moment and look at every judge.
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: How did you prepare for your competition?
I’ve been so busy, from appearances to working on my legacy projects to getting my outfits all designed and customed made by some incredible designers, to investing in a coach in the run up to my international competition to help bring out the best version of myself.
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: What are your tips for learning better pageant walk? Practice, practice, practice! Don’t try and copy someone else’s walk, make your walk your own. Be confident and hold your poses!
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: What are your tips for choosing right pageant dress?
Choose something you feel comfortable in. Think of colours that really compliment your skin and hair colour. Most importantly make sure it fits you. A dress doesn’t have to cost the earth, I know woman who have won in dresses that have been second hand or cost £30.
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: What are your tips for winning interview?
Be confident and let the true you shine. Don’t try and be someone you think the judges are looking for. Just be yourself and don’t be afraid as they’ve all been in your position before. It’s a time to celebrate all your achievements and everything you’ve been doing and who you are. Enjoy it.
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: What is one mistake that you've done during competing you wish you could redo and fix it?
Not really a mistake as I’m a firm believer that we do everything for a reason and we either grow or learn from them. But it probably would be when I first started pageantry and going in blind with no coaching or any experience at all, so my answers in my interview were very short and my stage walk was just made up as I went along.
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: What other mistakes are made by girls during the contest?
Mistakes commonly made are wearing shoes that are too high. Wearing outfits that aren’t age appropriate and most importantly comparing yourself to the other contestants which then affects your performance. Remember you are your only competition. No one else. Every person brings something different to a pageant and that’s what makes us all unique. Let that shine through and be yourself.
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: Any modelling or acting experience?
I have been modelling for 10 years. I’ve also done some acting as well, some of which include Casualty on the BBC, a Bollywood film, and I’ve even walked on the Paris Fashion Week catwalk.
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: What are your plans for 2023 as a Queen?
I have so many plans for 2023, I have two new projects I will be revealing very soon, so watch this space. I plan to go out to Kenya with the Boo charity to work with the children living in the slums of Kiberia. But most importantly carrying on the work I’ve been doing supporting survivors of abuse and mental health sufferers.
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine: What kind of legacy do you want to leave behind?
The legacy I want to leave behind is to be remembered for the people I have helped, my resilience and bravery but also to always be that voice for survivors worldwide giving them the courage to leave a domestic violence environment.
International Director: Terri L Travis Dingle
National Director: Tina De-Bear, Danni De-Bear
Your Local Director: Tina De-Bear and Danni De-Bear
Pageant website: www.instagram.come/sarah_k_empowerment
Name of the Photographer and other credits – Ant Bradshaw
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine would like to say thank you for this wonderful interview.
Sarah Kana-ah Ms Diamond UK 2022, World Class Beauty Queens Magazine, Photo by Ant Bradshaw
Interview by Derek Tokarzewski
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