[East Gosford] East Gosford’s own, Ms Kiriay Kent, is one step closer to realising her dream of being crowned Gosford’s first ever Miss World Australia, having made it to the NSW state finals of the 2018 beauty pageant.
It’s been an exciting time for Ms Kent, who has been eagerly preparing for the state finals, the gateway event to the
national and international Miss World pageants.
Established in 1951, Miss World is the largest and longest-running international beauty pageant and has become
one of the world’s most watched annual events, with a worldwide viewing audience of over 1 billion people.
The competition is a beacon to young women who exemplify beauty, talent, intelligence and compassion, and aims
to create and empower young female role models.
All Miss World hopefuls must strive to serve as ambassadors to charity, enrich the perception of beauty, and
enhance a new strength, energy and spirit for the advancement of women, while positively impacting their
“There is a huge difference between vanity and beauty..”
The world of beauty pageants can at times be deemed vapid and superficial, and this sentiment is often projected
onto the young women who enjoy and compete in pageants, and that is why Ms Kent’s ‘Beauty with a Purpose’
initiative is to not rely heavily on makeup during her run with Miss World.
“If I am lucky enough to make it through the national final of Miss World, I want to have achieved that by
showcasing my best self,” Ms Kent said.
“I truly believe that inner and outer beauty are deeply connected, and I hope my Beauty with a Purpose can help
“There is a huge difference between vanity and beauty, and at the end of the day, Miss World isn’t about the
crowns or the gowns, it’s about embracing and loving yourself and taking that love and directing it towards people
that need you. “That’s what beauty is,” Ms Kent said.
The NSW Miss World finals will be held in Sydney at Doltone House, Hyde Park, on July 5.
Ms Kent must embody the ideals of Miss World through a cocktail wear and evening wear runways, as well as
interview rounds, to be selected as one of just five NSW finalists who will go onto the national finals.
Source: Interview, Jun 29 Kiriay Kent, East Gosford Dilon Luke, Journalist