Thursday, 8 November 2018

Canberra's Own Miss International - Emily Tokic

Canberra’s very own sweetheart, Emily Tokic is competing in this year’s Miss International. Miss International is the third largest beauty pageant in the world, first held in 1960 in America. Since 2004, it has been held in Japan and contestants are expected to serve as ambassadors of peace and beauty, with an ultimate goal of promoting world peace, good will and understanding.

This smart and undeniably beautiful woman is representing competing with 87 other countries for the crown, with the winner crowned tomorrow in Japan (9th November).

Let’s find out a little bit more about this gorgeous woman who is representing Australia!

Emily is born and bred in Canberra and is currently studying a Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Laws. Although she is only 20 she has already achieved a lot, competing in Miss Universe Australia, in which she placed 4th Runner Up.

So you ask what motivates this woman...  

Q. What enticed you enter Miss International ? 

A. Pageants allow you to build a platform – to raise awareness and to use your voice to speak on issues that you are passionate about. I am extremely passionate about homelessness, as I do not believe that anyone in a society such as ours should be without food or shelter. I am also passionate about education, as I believe that everyone should have the basic human right to be educated. Education is power and if everyone was educated, there would be less poverty, less violence and more peace in this world.

Q. To be on stage you need to be confident. How did you gain so much confidence at such a young age?

A. I started dancing at the age of four, and unfortunately stopped when I was almost 17. My childhood was spent competing in eisteddfods, performing for others on stage, and preparing for exams. It was a large part of my life that I am incredibly grateful for, as it not only kept me fit and healthy, but it also taught me many invaluable life skills such as self-discipline, confidence and perseverance.

Q. Miss international is about bringing people together. In today’s world there is a lot of social media bulling and pressure. What advice do you give to young women growing up with this around them?
A. I believe that the answer to stopping or at least preventing bullying lies with our children and their education. Children need to learn how to form respectful relationship and by doing so understand that everyone is different and that being different is what makes us unique. Social media tends to lead to an illusion of perfection, which automatically puts pressure on our youth. Young women should not be sitting there and judging themselves by medias impossible standards. My advice to young women would be to empower one another and accept yourself, it is important to feel comfortable in your own skin as everyone is beautiful in their own way – we are all unique and that is something we must embrace.

Q. What is the pageant circuit really like? Are the women supportive of each other? What has your experience been like? 

A. Pageants provide you with a various amount of challenges and opportunities that allow you to grow and learn from. You enter an environment that you aren’t familiar with, you step outside of your comfort zone, which allows you to learn about new things and interact with people from different walks of life, that enables you to understand others and yourself even more. The women are very supportive of one another – you definitely leave a pageant with a bunch of new best friends who continually empower one another to be the best version of themselves.

Q. What have you been up to in the Philippines?

 A. The Philippines definitely has been a great experience. I was there for training – to ultimately perfect my catwalk, as well as media exposure. I have been attending interviews at radio stations, TV appearances, along with performing some charitable works. I also meet my official designer for the Miss International Competition: Jay-R Gamboa Flores for my evening gown and national costume fitting. I also walked in his latest collection at The Pilipina Fashion and Style Week on the 14th October.

Q. What are your career aspirations?

A. In the new few years I hope to finish my Commerce/Law degree, in which one day I hope to actively protect and promote human rights not only in Australia, but on an international scale. I envisage my future to be one full of positive change. I hope to continue to encourage those around me to perform acts of kindness, as I believe all it takes is one kind gesture, or one small action to make a change in this world.

Now for some fun…

Q. What is an unknown fact about you?

A. Something that not many people know is that I can play the piano. I studied for about 6 years.

Q. What is one thing you can’t go without in your handbag?

A. Gum!

Q. What is your favourite song on repeat at the moment? 

A. Let You Love Me – Rita Ora

Q. What is your favourite book? 

A. Half the Sky: How to Change the World

Q. What is your favourite beauty tip?

A. Never leave home without concealer, it’s the perfect touch up tool!

We wish Emily the best of luck tomorrow in the finals in Japan! 


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