HER model father and an abusive past relationship inspired Burns Beach resident Azelene Williams to enter the inaugural Mrs Galaxy Pageant.
Mrs Williams is representing WA for the Mrs Galaxy 2015 finals in Surfers Paradise on March 28.
She said her late father, Hans Riekart, inspired her to enter the competition.
‘Dad started his career as a model in 1963, and was the first and only male model in South Africa for three years,’ she said.
‘When he started his career as a model it was not a normal everyday career for a man to do in South Africa.
‘He never got paid for any fashion shoots or on the runway ” it wasn’t seen as a paid job those days.’
Mrs Williams said her father opened a men’s clothing shop after he stopped modelling.
‘I started photographic and ramp modelling as a young girl and loved every bit of it,’ she said.
The mother-of-one said she stopped modelling in the early 1990s while in a relationship marred by domestic violence.
‘My ex-boyfriend mentally and physically abused me so much that I was scared, lost all self-respect, lived with guilt and hated myself for a very long time,’ she said.
‘My family and friends was not aware of this abusive relationship.’
Mrs Williams said she had been too afraid to leave, even after an attempted shooting, but eventually escaped and got a restraining order.
The holistic counsellor said she had been working with women experiencing domestic violence in Perth for the past three years, as well as establishing the anti-bullying organisation Kidzucate with her daughter Sian.
Mrs Williams said she was writing her second book, BROKEN Breaking the Silence, and hoped to speak publicly about identifying and dealing with pain.
On March 22, she will host a Passionate Women Pamper Day at Leapfrogs Caf� in Wanneroo from 10am to 4pm.
Tickets are $25 and can be booked online via http://tinyurl.com/l3xsc6g.