Australian beauty queens Sangeetha Singh of Melbourne and Dr Sonia Sonia of Brisbane have been recognised at a glamorous crowning ceremony on the Gold Coast on Saturday 22 September after placing second and third respectively at the international Mrs Earth 2018 beauty pageant in Las Vegas.

Mrs Earth Australia and Oceania pageant director Nicole Smith organised the local crowning ceremony to give the pageant winners some much-deserved on-stage recognition for their achievements at an international level. “To be placed second and third in the entire world is something pretty fantastic,” said Nicole. “I am so excited to bring the glitz and glamour of pageantry to the Gold Coast, and to crown the girls on their home turf after their success in the United States.”

Australia’s most inspirational beauty queen, Dr Sonia Sonia, 35, is a dentist with three thriving dental practices, a wife, mother to two young children and on the cusp of launching ReStored, a national not-for-profit organisation which will provide free dental work to survivors of domestic and family violence, and sexual abuse. Dr Sonia beat out beauties from 40 countries at the South Point Resort and Spa in Las Vegas to place second runner-up and claim the title of Mrs Earth Wind 2018 – a title awarded to the delegate who best represents a positive image for all women, and a healthy mind, body and spiritual realm, regardless of their size or age. “What an amazing journey, my first ever international pageant and I came third for Australia!” said Dr Sonia. “Just goes to show that if you’re authentic, your true beauty will shine through! Beauty to me is about being authentic, joyous, humble and inspiring people you come across.”

Mrs Earth Australia 2017 Suzi Dent will also receive the title of Mrs Earth International Ambassador for all of her hard work in promoting pageantry, and the Earth pageant system in particular. “I’m so humbled and filled with gratitude to receive this award and my new title Mrs Earth International Ambassador,” said Suzi. “Entering into the world of Pageantry for the first time at the young age of 55 and completely transforming my life from tomboy to beauty queen, building my self esteem one frock at a time, has been the most amazing life journey. Saying yes to the opportunity that life sent me and taking myself completely out of my comfort zone has rewarded me in so many ways and in addition to being a professional MC, the world of inspirational speaking has opened up to me.”

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