MINDARIE model Hannah Swart (21) hopes she will be “third time lucky” in the Australia Galaxy pageants when she flies to the Gold Coast in May.
“The last time I entered back in 2017, I made it through to nationals also and managed to place in the top five in the country as well as winning the fashion wear segment,” she said.
“This year I’m back even more determined.
“The Galaxy system is so inspiring and just makes you want to keep returning.”
Miss Swart said she’d compete with girls from around Australia for the Miss Galaxy Australia 2019 title in the week-long competition.
Categories include swimwear, fashion wear, evening wear, interview and photogenic submission, with a winner for each as well as awards for Miss Congeniality, Miss Charity and People’s Choice.
“I just cannot wait to get there to meet all the other contestants and find out who will be the next Miss Galaxy Australia 2019,” Miss Swart said.
“I come from a modelling background and started getting into the industry when I was about 13.
“I always took part in various photo shoots and shows outside of school and university but stumbled across pageantry accidentally back in 2015 and fell in love.
“Pageantry has also found me some amazing modelling opportunities such as walking in Perth Fashion Shows and a trip to Bali for a week of photo shoots with four international companies as the face of Heidi Anne Active, a Perth active wear brand.”
Miss Swart said the Galaxy pageant director Lucinda Ferguson encouraged contestants to get involved in their community through fundraising, volunteering or appearing at events, and she had worked with more than 20 organisations in the past two years.
“It can be rare with the way our society is today, to see young girls or women coming off social media to get into their community and give back,” she said.
“Through my experiences I have realised it’s such small things that can make such a huge difference and often don’t take much time or money to do so.
“During my journey I plan to focus my fundraising efforts predominantly towards Make-A-Wish Australia.”
Miss Swart, who is sponsored by Don Benson Photography and Ergoworx, said she had been juggling pageantry with full time work in administration at Clarkson Nissan.
“It is definitely a fun challenge and I love having so much to do all the time such as organising events, finding charities to work with, making appearances, organising all the outfits, etc; it’s very exciting,” she said.