Exciting news! Singapore, New Zealand, and Australia are about to embark on an incredible journey with Miss Universe Australia’s directors bringing their unique program to the region.
Miss Universe Australia has grown exponentially in size and stature since Sophia and Troy Barbagallo of Pink Tank Events took over in 2016. Today, the preliminary program boasts one of the best self-development opportunities for young women, incredible career pathways, and great prizes. It has become an instrumental platform for Australia’s most ambitious and educated women, celebrating all cultures, backgrounds, and religions.
“We are excited to be granted the licenses for Miss Universe Singapore and Miss Universe New Zealand,” National and Creative Director, Miss Universe Australia, Sophia Barbagallo said. “It’s such a wonderful opportunity for women to connect, and we think this will only help to strengthen international relations.”
Miss Universe Australia has seen many success stories, and among them is Francesca Hung. In 2018, she became the first woman of Asian descent to win the Miss Universe Australia title, making history. Since then, Francesca has become one of Australia’s most sought-after media personalities, with a successful career as an actor, writer, and businesswoman.
Maria Thattil, who took out the title in 2020, is the daughter of Indian migrants, a TV personality, columnist, who has used her voice to become a powerful advocate of critical social justice issues, including diversity and inclusion, and serves as a member of the United Nations Association of Australia.
The 2021 Miss Universe Australia, Daria Varlamova, is a passionate mental well-being advocate. She entered the program to gain confidence and came out with a crown – and an extremely receptive space to share her love of disability work and make a positive change in society.
“We are thrilled to give the women of Singapore and New Zealand the opportunities our Australian finalists have enjoyed over the years, and we look forward to growing the programs in Singapore and New Zealand,” Mrs Barbagallo said.