Arncliffe’s Phoebe Soegiono was named Miss World 2021 and will continue to represent Australia internationally as an advocate for environmental protection.
Phoebe, 22, competed in the virtual competition with 11 other contestants from across Australia and was crowned on September 26.
She will now represent Australia at the virtual Miss Earth International Pageant, with the winner to be announced in December.
Miss Earth is a beauty pageant that promotes environmental awareness, social responsibility and climate change advocacy.
The aim of the Miss Earth International contest is to “turn the world’s most beautiful women into global environmental protection ambassadors”.
Miss World is one of the top four international beauty pageants along with Miss Universe and Miss International.
Phoebe grew up in St George and attended Brighton-Le-Sands Public School and Sylvania High School before completing her Public Relations degree at TAFE.
Now she works for a luxury brand in the fashion industry.
“I was recommended to race at Miss Earth Australia by friends who are very experienced in the pageant world,” said Phoebe.
“I looked more at Miss Earth and saw that their motto was beauty with a purpose. I personally find this inspiring because it means that Miss Earth’s beauty queens are more than just looks. They have a passion, an impulse, and a depth inside. it really wants to make a difference in our society.”
“My Miss Earth advocacy is for sustainability in fashion and how we need to make more informed decisions to reduce our clothing waste.
“Working in the fashion industry, I learned until recently how wasteful the industry is. After this competition is over, I want to focus on working on a clothing brand that matches my style and advocacy. Using excellent quality fabrics with slow fashion sense, this will be a label for women and the environment.
“I want to be a good role model for young girls, to inspire them to focus on the inside rather than the outside. I hope I can make a positive impact on today’s unrealistic standards of beauty.”
Phoebe was congratulated on her success by Bayside Mayor Bill Saravinovski at the council meeting on 13 October in a Mayoral Minute.
“Phoebe is a passionate advocate of environmental protection and conservation,” said Cr Saravinovski. said.
“She will represent Australia at the Miss Earth International 2021 pageant. We wish her every success in her continued efforts to raise awareness of the importance of protecting our environment now, for the benefit of future generations.”