Sixteen Brisbane beauties have been selected to move on to compete in the Miss World Australia 2017 State Finals.
There are some brilliant beauty pageants to be apart of in this country. And then there's Miss World Australia. One that associates good looks with intellect, compassion and giving back.
On the last Sunday of April, over 30 gorgeous and compassionate young women representing Queensland came together in hopes to make it through to the highly sought after State Finals.
The competition was tough with only 16 names chosen to propel through to the next stage. An impressive lineup of judges had the difficult task of deciphering which Brisbane beauties would be chosen. The panel included Jake Ellis from the Bachelorette 2016, Gareth Cochran from My Kitchen Rules 2016, Tess Alexander who was Miss World Australia in 2015 and Miss World Australia Director, Deborah Miller.
The day was emceed by Brisbane socialite, former Miss World 2014 and Spring 2016 Fashion Weekly cover girl, Courtney Thorpe. With her previous experience, she passed on her words of encouragement to help calm nerves particularly through the famous question and answering section.
The Runway Presence Round saw the array of talent dress up in floor length frocks that dazzled with bold embellishments and sequins. Bright colours, loose curls and gleaming smiles were the signature looks with plunging necklines and statement chandelier earrings.
Taylor Curry, Charlotte Cushing, La’Ace De Vries, Holly James, Jaimee Searle, Reilli Portygys, Mary Devg Crisp, Holly Fowler, Emma Hollingsworth, Georgie Cook, Emily Jackson, Erin O’Rourke, Simona Varga, Hanna Berkesi, Phoebe Phillips and Hillary Van Herwarden were the 16 finalists to be chosen. These lucky ladies will now move on to the Final Preliminary Round which will be held on Friday June 16, 2017.
The National Final Crowning Ceremony where one smart and stunning winner will be crowned Miss World Australia 2017 will be on Friday July 14. The covetable prize will include an all-expenses paid luxury holiday to a tropical paradise thanks to Tourism Authority of Thailand along with a jaw-dropping Crown from Phuket Pearls valued at $40,000.
For one night only Brisbane had its very own enchanted garden
This week Fashion Weekly was invited to attend The Enchanted Garden dinner hosted by Cuisine on Cue. Partnering with QUT Precincts and The Styled Group together they charmed guests with an enthralling one-off event. QUT’s Gardens Theatre was transformed into an enchanted garden, unveiling wonder and intrigue to an intimate group of Brisbane’s finest ifluencers, event coordinators, and media and events personnel.
Cuisine on Cue’s owner, Anna Morrow, said, “The Enchanted Garden event allowed the team and I to showcase our tailored menus that can be created to suit all function themes and challenged us to be creative in the kitchen.”
Cuisine on Cue’s talent for crafting specialty menus was first exhibited to its 48 guests with a pop-up food station, specialising in canapes of chermoula marinated prawns and pan fried cauliflower with grated turmeric, chilli, flaked almonds and basil.
As the night advanced, catering staff plated up meals that captured the magical essence of the space, with dishes of yellowtail kingfish on a soba noodle salad, sarsaparilla beef cheek with grilled fennel and roasted beets, and warm confit duck terrine with spiced rum raisins. Guests were sent home with giftpacks of dark chocolate marquise with a choc chip base and pistachio crust as a final memory of the exclusive event.
The Styled Group transformed Gardens Theatre into a magical setting as guests dined underneath a hanging tree at the table’s centre, with glass lanterns and chandeliers adding a fairytale twinkle to the table below. Meanwhile, tablecloths were garbed in forest greenery and personalised terrariums at every place setting. With the use of dry ice, a mystical fog drifted across the dining room floor, crafting a room of intrigue and fantasy.
The RUSH Group provided the musical talents of Paris Nikki and Matt Made in a combined concert of entrancing vocals and keyboard music throughout the evening.
Cuisine on Cue’s renown has been previously established through contributions to events such as Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries Costume Exhibition and Lend Lease’s Annual Leaders Dinner.