BAYSWATER mum Lara Ellis, who juggles between working four jobs, raising her 20-month-old daughter and giving back to the community, is competing in the Mrs Galaxy Australia pageant for the first time.
The 24-year-old national finalist will be flying to Brisbane for a family holiday on March 8 ahead of the Australia Galaxy Pageant held in Surfers Paradise from March 14 to 17.
She is a part-time flight attendant, runs her husband’s property maintenance business, owns a skincare business and works as a craft officer for the Bayswater Playgroup.
She has worn her Mrs Galaxy sash while donating blood, volunteering at City of Bayswater events and cooking for Foodbank activities as part of her community appearances.
Mrs Ellis, also a former model, said she entered the competition after Christmas, following a suggestion from her make-up artist.
“I wanted to get back into modelling so I thought I’ll do it and see how I go,” she said
“Having the amount of jobs that I have and doing everything that I do and trying to push (appearances) in – it is really hard.”
Mrs Ellis said while she would love to win the crown, if she won the Ms Congeniality or the best interview section awards, it would mean more to her.
“I have always been bullied through school… I used to always get spat on, kicked in the shin, name-called (and) I never had any friends,” she said.
“I’ve also been going to see a psychologist, making sure I am in the right mindset because I don’t want this pageant to be worse off for me.
“For me, it is just about feeling better about myself.
“I am an everyday person just like everyone else but I am making things work.
“It is about making myself feel better and doing things for others rather than parading around on stage and looking fabulous.”
She will be donning an evening gown, eco gown, a red one-piece and sarong swimwear outfit at the pageant.