Nagle graduate in running for Miss World title

Ellie HoneyboneGeraldton Guardian

Former Geraldton resident and Nagle Catholic College graduate Michelle Lake is representing the Mid West this week in the Miss World Australia National Final pageant competition.

The 25-year old is one of 28 women taking part in the final at the Grand Hyatt hotel in Melbourne, and throughout her journey, Ms Lake has been raising money for Variety WA Mid West.

While she now lives in Perth, Ms Lake returns to Geraldton often to visit her parents and work as a relief teacher at Strathalbyn Christian College.

“I decided to enter the Miss World competition because I agree with (the) organisation’s values and beliefs,” she said.

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“Their motto is ‘Beauty with a Purpose’ and this is someone I aspire to be.

“I also love that we get the chance to raise money for charity.

“It has been a challenging journey but a very rewarding one and I think it’s really good to sometimes sit down and think about your purpose in life and where you want to be five years from now.”

Ms Lake is passionate about rescuing victims of human trafficking and, with the help of her brother, has created the clothing brand WEGON (short for “we are going to”), with 50 per cent of all profits donated to AIM, a not-for-profit organisation which fights the practice.

During her Miss World journey, she has received a lot of support for her chosen charity but is hoping to raise more money.

“I chose Variety Mid West because I think Geraldton stands out from other towns,” Ms Lake said.

“I find the community here always willing to help wherever they can and they will always walk that extra mile to see you succeed.

“Even though businesses and individuals in Geraldton are facing a tough financial time, they still go out of their way to donate.

“I honestly think that the Geraldton community has something very special about them and therefore I chose the Mid West as I’d love to see more help for the children here.”

Ms Lake said winning the title of Miss World Australia would provide a platform from which she could speak up for those who had no voice.

“Whether that’s human trafficking, domestic violence, helping the sick or bullying in school, I believe every person deserves a fair go at life and ultimately deserves human rights,” she said.

“I encourage anyone who is interested in being a part of Miss World to give it a go.

“I believe there’s a huge change happening in our world at the moment which is centred around positive body image.

“I think this is something every woman has had to deal with no matter what their clothing size is, and I love how women have started to empower one another instead of criticising and bringing down one another.

“Once you’ve realised how special you are, the rest will come naturally.

“Confidence is the best dress you could ever wear.”

To support Variety WA Mid West, visit https://missworld australia2017.everydayhero.com /au/michelle-lake.

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