World Class Beauty Queens Magazine would like to welcome amazing Queen Taz Dunstan Ms Wow of the Universe 2021.
Full name: Taz Dunstan Title/Year: Ms Wow of the Universe 2021 Pageant System: World Of Winners online pageant Age: 36 Education Level: Advanced diploma of business, diploma in fitness and currently enrolled for a bachelor of Laws, with a degree in nutrition and naturopathy on hold. Zodiac sign: Leo Hobbies: Health and fitness, hiking, program design, mental health advocacy, law reform and community service for humanitarian ventures, camping, beach trips, business development, writing, listening to music and road trips. Platform: @taz_dunstan / fb XL Personal Training / healthontap / linked in Taz Dunstan Years competed: 2020, 2021 Countries visited: Japan, Egypt, Thailand, England, Netherlands, China, Singapore, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand, Australia, Germany, Likes: Honest people, genuine conversations, wit, intelligence, compassion, irony, quality time, cuddles with my children, hugs in general, holistic health, positive energy, enthusiasm, waves, water and creative spaces to create. I live to have a cause greater than myself and I love collaborating with likeminded ambitious people. Dislikes: Dishonesty, abuse in all forms, victimization, negative energy, family court and legal systems in general which fail humanity, disregard for human rights, inequality, aggression and abuse of power. I also dislike gherkins in burgers. Status: happily independent and focused on myself and my two children's future. World Class Beauty Queens: Please tell us about yourself. I am a loving mum of two children, Kai and Raven, who are my whole world. I am a proud Australian who has been between my home in Australia and New Zealand. I am ambitious, adventurous and resilient. I enjoy climbing mountains and empowering people to achieve their personal best. I have now blazed a trail in the fitness industry with a primary focus on holistic health and wellbeing with 60% mental health, 30% nutrition and 10% exercise to have a more insightful and knowledgeable approach to a global issue. I am an accomplished athlete, entrepreneur, business woman and mentor. I advocate for white ribbon foundation, the November foundation and National Breast Cancer Foundation. I support local businesses and an an author and speaker for pickstar and international women's day. I am a qualified personal Trainer and rehabilitation coach specializing in all forms of functional training, body sculpting, 4 week transformations and customized meal plans. I work with bikini models, athletes, kids, the elderly and everyone in between. I live to work with others to achieve their goals. I live by the mantra: "Have a cause greater than yourself." World Class Beauty Queens: Please tell us about your education. I attended a private catholic school in Canberra, I then went to an all girl private school for the first 2 years before moving to a co-ed public school for years 9 and 10. I went to 2 separate colleges, leaving home at just on 17 and I suspended year 12 to work for 6 months with green corps for the rural leases and fire affected victims from the Canberra bushfires of 2002. I received a certificate 2 in land care and conservation and opened the green corps 21st birthday party at the Botanical gardens in Canberra as one of the success stories of the program. As I had done a lot of extra curriculum work as a youth representative and speaker for talk back classroom and the Student Council, I was graduated on merit points and missed my graduation, attending my twin sisters graduation at Dickson college the same night. Since then I embarked on a journey of life experience travelling and working in the hospitality and tourism industries, with a key focus on customer service and professionalism. I have worked out on dive boats in Cairns as a scuba diver and underwater photographer, I have been a studio photographer for Photo corporation, I have been paid to climb the Sydney harbor bridge, I worked for a PR company "Bubble media" in Sydney, I have held prestigious roles as a customer liaison officer for a building company, worked for IT companies as a project manager/ travelled extensively throughout Australia, living in Japan for a year and returning to have my children and start my own person Training company XL personal Training in 2015 based in Darwin NT, Australia. I completed my certificates in Business and began my studies in natural remedies and nutrition in 2019 which had to be deferred due to court proceedings in New Zealand. I am now currently completing a law degree in New Zealand to protect other children and vulnerable parents from court abuse. World Class Beauty Queens: What does women Empowerment means to you? Women empowerment to me, means not only lifting women up and championing their successes, but instilling in them, a process of self belief and confidence that they own their success and trust in their ability to continue to achieve great things from a place of intrinsic motivation. Empowerment is the destination achieved once someone is in control of their choices and knows beyond any doubt, they will achieve their goals because they have everything they need within them, to succeed. World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about your pageant history. I am not really a "pageant queen." I'm a health and fitness professional who specializes in body transformations. I enjoy working with people to change the way they see themselves and to empower people to have a safe and sustainable process to achieve their optimal health and wellbeing. I was concerned about the modelling industry and pageant industries tending to have a lot of people with body image and esteem issues, so I wanted to join the pageant world to highlight the beauty of diversity and inspire others to be confident in the things that make them unique. We are all beautiful and if we as a society, focused more on who we were and how we behaved over how we looked, the world would be a more beautiful place. I entered my first pageant online as lockdown restrictions were very strict, I placed second in a Ms Moonshine fundraiser in the UK. I then entered a Miss infinity competition in 2021 which I was fortunate enough to win the title of and most recently I entered a Ms wow of the universe 2021 with wow pageants and took out the title which I am absolutely blown away by. The support of the community and professionalism of the event organizer Rachanaa has been incredible and I am so grateful for her seeing the worth in my programs to help other aspiring beauty queens be their best. World Class Beauty Queens: What inspired you to do your first pageant? I grew up with a morbidly obese mum with a really unhealthy/ harmful relationship with food. This impacted myself and my 2 sisters really negatively. Both of my sisters developed eating disorders. My twin sister stopped eating all complex carbs from the age of 15 and was diagnosed with anorexia at the age of 17. My older sister had bulimia and both still struggle with binge eating behavior as a result of how we were raised, with scarcity and a mother who ate to excess as a form of self harm. I was very athletic and channeled my exposure into competitive athletics (as the ACT state champion for 100m and 200m throughout school) So I used to eat bowls of cereal, loaves of bread and take my Labrador for runs in the reserve each day to get out of the house. This upbringing and seeing how this negative relationship with food and body image impacted my family, I wanted to learn as much as I could about nutrition, hormones, the correlation between psychology and physiology in order to help people customize lifestyles to look, feel and be their best. That is what inspired my pageantry journey. World Class Beauty Queens: Why did you choose to compete for your current title? I competed in my first pageant in 2021 to fundraise for the starlight foundation and to be a role model my children could look up to. A strong athlete and dedicated mum and business woman who wasn't afraid to embrace a more feminine persona to encompass that you can be both strong and sensitive/ gentle at the same time. World Class Beauty Queens: To those unfamiliar with your pageant system please tell us what is it about? My experience with the pageant system has been limited and largely dictated by lockdowns. Although I am very green (inexperienced) I am happy to share. My applications/ entries involved photo submissions both full length and face shots, then a write up of who I am, what my passions and hobbies are, why I think I should win the title and any charity work I do. In the WOW pageant the competition involved interviews with a panel of 4 judges as well as a model walk and outfit show off. World Class Beauty Queens: What are you being judged on during the competition? During pageants you are assessed on your beauty, intelligence, grace, deportment and authenticity to represent the pageant and be a strong representative to promote the values, ethos and image of the pageant. World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about your experience during the competition. I had an excellent experience listening to other contestants stories and being inspired by their journeys. I don't compete to win, I complete to challenge myself to grow and learn. I love the platforms they provide and the opportunity to connect with other ambitious, community focused people. World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about your platform or what cause do you volunteer for. I have always advocated for human rights in some form or other. In 2015 I started making wings for body sculpting competitions, under the name "angels 4 angels" with all money raised being donated to National Breast cancer foundation. In 2016 I started fundraising for men's health and the Movember foundation because I am fortunate to still have my dad in my life. In 2016 the mo peddlers as a team raised over 50,000 and were the biggest fundraiser in Australia. In 2018 I began advocating for the white ribbon foundation to stand up and speak out against violence towards women and children which is very close to my heart. In addition to the above mentioned causes I also promote mental health and wellbeing and have been sharing my experiences to lift others up to fight depression and have a safe space with skills and tools to make it to another day. https://www.facebook.com/Healthontapforthepeople World Class Beauty Queens: What appearances have you done with your title? I won this title when I was in Delhi in 2021, I only received my crown and sash from the UK a few weeks ago so I am excited to say that this magazine is my first official representation/ debut of this title. I intend to connect with local community groups in New Zealand to raise awareness for DV and human rights/ child safety to continue to promote a sense of urgency for more to be done to protect people at risk and offer alternative holistic health focused solutions to address mental health and decrease suicide statistics. World Class Beauty Queens: What are some of your achievements? I was awarded best personal trainer and community achiever in NT in 2017 I summited Mt Kilimanjaro in 2015 I completed the kokoda trek in 2016 I summitted Mt acongagua in 2018 I was awarded top 100 influential women in India for entrepreneur 2021. My XL Personal Training company was awarded best customer service fitness supplier in NSW for 2021 I was awarded Ms Infinity for New Zealand in 2021 I took out the title of Ms Wow of the universe 2021 I was listed as Rare bird mentor for business and entrepreneurship in 2022 World Class Beauty Queens: What makes you stand out from all those other beautiful girls? My authenticity and passion as a health and fitness advocate who wants to lift others up to achieve their best is my point of difference in pageants. World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about the moment your name was called out as the winner. When I was announced the winner of my division for Ms Wow of the universe 2021, I was so surprised, I think like most winners, I never expected to win, I just expected to enjoy the experience but having my name called at the title was definitely a "wow" moment for me- I was so proud and humbled to be recognized for my vision and the work I am doing to create change for the better. World Class Beauty Queens: What does it mean to you to be a Beauty Queen? To me, being a beauty queen is a recognized role model who has the power to inspire and influence people to do and be more. This is a huge honor and a responsibility I am humbled to own and grateful to show. World Class Beauty Queens: How did competing in pageants helped your life? Competing in pageants has expanded my knowledge, experience, confidence and also helped me to realized my passion and potential for this to be a platform on the world stage to genuinely create change for the better. World Class Beauty Queens: How did pageants helped your self-esteem and body image? My body image and self esteem are a strong point for me due to my athlete and fitness industry background, however being able to share unfiltered, unglamorous selfies and images to encourage other women to embrace their natural beauty has been really empowering and rewarding for me as someone who is open and honest about practicing what I preach. World Class Beauty Queens: You are an inspiration to all the girls out there. How does it feel? To be contacted by women thanking me for sharing my story and speaking out is truly so fulfilling. I can't tell you how happy it makes me when people reach out to me to help me with their journey or share their wins, especially accepting themselves and practicing self care because of something I said that has resonated with them. I feel so blessed to be in a position to share this with others. World Class Beauty Queens: What is your on stage strategy to win the judges over? I am not a typical beauty queen and I don't enter pageants to "win" for me, being able to confidently advocate for holistic health and human rights, mental health, children and the vulnerable is all of the acknowledgement I could ask for. I don't have a competitive angle, as much as a mind set of authenticity and genuine passion to inspire the judges to believe in my vision and share their desire to see it succeed. The placings are a bonus or byproduct of recognition but not what motivates me to stand up and speak out. World Class Beauty Queens: How did you prepare for your competition? To prepare for my competition I connected with the event organizer, called my friend and life coach (as we had been training together for the DIY designer body program we had designed) and we decided to go for it. I have a shower, got ready and spent 30 minutes calming myself with visualization and going over answers- basically who I am, how I work etc. https://books.google.co.nz/books?id=MetBEAAAQBAJ&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_ge_summary_r&cad=0#v=onepage&q&f=false World Class Beauty Queens: What are your tips for learning better pageant walk? Walking with confidence and fluidity is paramount for an air of grace and confidence. Do not try to fake this. Connect with other sash sistas and beauty queens or reach out to credible posing coaches in your area or people who offer online coaching. World Class Beauty Queens: What are your tips for choosing right pageant dress? Do your research. Before entering any pageant, know your why and what you hope to learn or achieve from the experience. I always look at the pageant values, the charities they represent and what they advocate for in order to see if those values align with my own. If they do, it is compatible and I know that regardless of my position, I will be privileged to be a part of the event and will enjoy the experience. World Class Beauty Queens: What are your tips for winning interview? Take your time. Be honest and always genuine in your response. When the interviewee asks a question, engage with their eye contact, smile to show them you have understood and can respond confidently and then pause to phrase your response in a way to be concise and accurate so your message is clear and well received. World Class Beauty Queens: What is one mistake that you've done during competing you wish you could redo and fix it? Once I got the time conversions wrong and missed my interview time. that was hugely humiliating for me as I felt unprofessional and was worried the pageant directors would misinterpret my confusion as disrespect. To avoid this mistake I now triple check the time conversions between countries and set reminders in my google calendar and personal diary to ensure I am where I need to be when I need to be there. World Class Beauty Queens: What other mistakes are made by girls during the contest? It breaks my heart to see girls starve themselves, under eating and over training to be wafer thin for pageants. They tend to be weak, exhausted and emotional, looking drained and stressed. Please don't do that to yourself. Beauty pageants are not a weight competition and so many elements are factored in. If you strive to live a healthy lifestyle, with more good food choices than bad and are generally active, your body will naturally fall into a healthy shape. Instead of fighting it, work with it under the guidance of qualified and experienced professionals to avoid metabolic damage and mental breakdowns,. YOU ARE ENOUGH! And your best will always be enough. World Class Beauty Queens: Any modeling or acting experience? I had my first modelling gig in Japan when I was scouted working out at the gym by a bridal company "oz weddings" for a bridal shoot. I was 19 and used the money to buy my first tatami mat. World Class Beauty Queens: What are your plans for 2021/22 as a Queen? This year I am excited about launching my platform as an advocate for women's rights and child safety. Completing this interview and being featured in an international beauty pageant magazine is a huge accomplishment and I am truly honored to be showcasing my fellow beauty queen and designer, Niqita with her own label: KQTA Kqulture The dresses, upcycled denim and shark tooth mirror earrings are all of her customized designs and creations and I couldn't be prouder to debut these in my first pageant winner appearance. http://kqulture01.weebly.com/ World Class Beauty Queens: What kind of legacy do you want to leave behind? I intend to live a legacy of unbreakable resilience, grace and determination to light a fire in the hearts and minds of every woman who has ever been made to feel weak, vulnerable or worthless. We are not victims nor survivors of our abuse, but victors in waiting. I want people to be inspired and empowered to be brave and stay true to their moral compass. I want the world to realize compassion is the greatest strength we have and while love may conquer all, it is necessary to turn our swords into words and change the word! That is the legacy I am creating. International Director: Rachaana Jaine Pageant website: https://www.facebook.com/WOWPageants/photos/a.372038260310800/987610738753546/ https://m.facebook.com/pg/WOWPageants/photos/?ref=page_internal&mt_nav=0 Photographer: John Pratt Dresses and outfits http://kqulture01.weebly.com/ https://kqtakqulture.wixsite.com/kqtakqulture?fbclid=IwAR0AVx0hpp5TQZjOYl1z6m_zDhEc3wgIp50O5l5Di9qn7PfA-QW5mhNXByM https://www.instagram.com/wjohnpratt/
World Class Beauty Queens Magazine would like to say thank you for this amazing interview! Interview by Derek Tokarzewski Owner/Editor in Chief of World Class Beauty Queens Magazine.
Taz Dunstan Ms Wow of the Universe 2021, World Class Beauty Queens Magazine, Photo by John Pratt
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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