Introducing The Rising Stars Behind The Cover Of The October 2022 Issue Of Global Elite Entrepreneur Magazine: Kristin, Joanna, Tariq & Gwen

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Makeup by: Contessa El-Kazzi

Kristin Venae

Kristin Venae is an Australian actor, singer, songwriter, and model – she graduated from the Sydney Academy of Film and Television. She was a host of the documentary series ‘Topical Punch,’ and she’s due to appear in the upcoming Kyle Lovett feature film ‘Lickerish.’ Kristin also happens to be a triple threat performer with soulful and rhythmic vocal tonality. Starting her live performance tours and artist development as a member of various bands such as the Latin group ‘Ritmo De Tropical’, ‘Loose minds’, and The Magnificent Companeros;’ She launched her debut album ‘Black Widow’ last year – a nostalgic and refreshing blend of Pop/RNB/Rock & soul.

Her debut single ‘Still Here’ has been described as an ‘ode to love.’ Its first review described Venae as having ‘the same gripping and soulful vocal eminence as Shania Twain, Celine Dion, and Mariah Carey. Keep an eye out for her next single release, ‘I am Woman’. ‘Still Here’ and ‘Lullaby’ which are available now on all streaming platforms.

Tariq Muhammed

With his positive attitude, Tariq Muhammed was chosen to compete in the Mr. Culture World International 2019 pageant in Vietnam – he represented the Australian culture as an immigrant living in Australia. He was eventually awarded the 2nd Runner-up title. Tariq is a fashion model with experience walking runways for local and international designers as well as charity and fundraising shows. Besides being a model, he also has a master’s in business (international business and marketing) from Charles Sturt University, Sydney.

Joanna Gunay

Joanna Gunay is a 34-year-old wife and proud mother of two beautiful children, a 6-year-old daughter and a 3-year-old son. She was born in the Philippines and raised here in Sydney, Australia. She graduated with a Bachelor’s in Oral health from the University of Sydney in 2008 and currently works at a specialist Orthodontic practice.

Joanna enjoys an active lifestyle, being outdoors, and spending time with her family. Some of her passions include fitness, fashion, health, and well-being. She started modelling after being scouted by an agency and since then has worked with different photographers and walked the runway for various well-renowned designers.

Her pageantry journey started ten years ago when she won the Miss Philippines-Australia 2012 crown. She is the current Mrs. Universe Australia official 2022, and her advocacy promotes awareness of women and children suffering domestic violence and to help create change. She believes that true beauty radiates from within and would like to use this platform to inspire, uplift, and empower other women to value their self-worth and reach their full potential.

Gwen Barcenas

Gwen Barcenas was born and raised in the Philippines. She went to University in Cebu, where she graduated with a double degree in Physical Therapy and Nursing. Gwen immigrated to Australia in 2017 to pursue a career in Nursing. She continues to explore new horizons in her interests. Fashion has always been a passion of hers. Gwen’s creativity is not only in fashion; she also has a flair for interior design. These days, she struts her stuff on both the runway and the hallways of healthcare, taking care of people in style.

Introducing The Entrepreneur Behind The Cover Of The July 2022 Issue Of Global Elite Entrepreneur Magazine: Guruji Shrii Arnav

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In a major scoop, Global Elite Entrepreneur magazine was able to get in touch with the Grandmaster and Guru of Gurus- Guruji Shrii Arnav, for a no holds barred interview.

The revered and beloved Guruji Shrii Arnav is the father of Astro Gemology and an internationally acclaimed spiritual Guru who uses techniques based on spirituality, Astro Gemology, and modern management methods – he’s a mentor to statesmen and millionaires.

The author of the Magnum Opus” Secrets of Jyotish Gems” (translated into six languages), he is the mentor of the world’s largest E-commerce portal to buy natural Gemstones online ( The website has a mind-boggling reach of 4 million monthly users and has been around since the early days of the Internet in 1996.

From consultants to start-ups as well as superstars, we’re pretty confident our readers will enjoy straight-from-the-heart candid answers from the man who is in the business of changing lives for the better.

Guruji, congratulations on winning the Best Thailand Personality of the Year 2021 award! How does it feel? What was the process for you to find what you wanted to do?

I am very honoured, and a bit surprised in equal measure. To win an award of this magnitude and being the first foreigner and non-Thai person to win this award is very humbling.

I dedicate this award to all human beings who consciously think of their fellow men; yes, they still exist. Thank God for that.

As far as finding the process of what I wanted to do was fairly simple.

I did not want to do anything nor had a step-by-step plan. I just do what I like to do and by which I can make a difference.

Once I had complete confidence in my guru and absolute faith in his words, there was no confusion.

This was further cemented by the feedback I received from people who engaged and interacted with me. That I can positively contribute to their lives is an added reinforcement.

A Beautiful Poignant Moment from Guruji Shrii Arnav’s Birthday

What has been the most memorable experience of being in the Gemstone industry so far?

At Gemstoneuniverse and in my life in general, we are blessed with many memorable experiences every day, so singularly pointing out a single experience would be difficult.

However, last night I was recounting the experience of one man who was suffering from Psoriasis. It was both an uncomfortable and distressing situation for him.

After trying out conventional allopathic treatment with no measurable difference (No improvement – the Psoriasis was manageable) and not cured, he sought my advice.

I advised him to wear a Natural Pearl and Coral combination, massage with a specific herb-infused oil, and listen to a certain audio frequency for 6 minutes daily.

By the Grace of God, his situation improved by nearly 70% within eight weeks.

In addition to improving his condition, the remarkable change in his confidence and attitude was very satisfying.

I am also pleased that gracious people with their names and designations share their experience with Gem therapy and other combination therapies on video at Gemstoneuniverse. You can view them in our testimonial section or on social media pages.

The Grandmaster casts a Vedic Horoscope & Position of Planets as per date, place, and time of birth to reveal amazing details of a Person’s Life and Destiny

It was amazing to see that Global Personalities like Donald Trump Jr., Sporting superstars like Carl Lewis, and other celebrities wish you such warmth on your birthday. Who have been the most interesting people you’ve met so far?

Every person I meet is a superstar, a seed with the potential to be a giant, and I am blessed to meet people from all walks of life.

From a milkman to a conglomerate owning a major dairy operation, from a motorcycle mechanic to a conglomerate manufacturing engine for the latest cutting-edge aircraft – I meet all sorts of fascinating people.

That phenomenal people with rare accomplishments decided to surprise me for my birthday, and it was indeed a special gift.

However, as I said, I love and respect every individual who wishes to engage and interact with me, and I am nonjudgemental. I do not classify them with the tags that society gives them. That is the only way I can give them my best and bring out the best in them.

Guruji Shrii Arnav with Admiral Chanchai Charoensuwan of the Royal Armed Forces, Group Captain Prasong P of the Air force Academy Thailand & other senior officers.

What makes your company different than your competitors?

I actually like this question, so I am quite glad you asked me that.

From my standpoint, we are NOT a company.

We are an organization and a movement driven by excellence and values of compassion. Our motto is “Patron Benefit first, and profits are a by-product.”

We love Gem Therapy, we love and respect the ancient spiritual sciences, and we love our patrons. Those individuals from more than 70 nations actively engaging with us is a testimony to the impact of Gemstoneuniverse.

As far as competitors are concerned, I would like to believe and practice that we are our own competition and strive to be always in a state of Kaizen.

We are not cut, copy, and paste masters but inspired scientists and artists.

And till we stay in a constant state of relentless innovation and pursuit of knowledge, we will not have to bother about the so-called competition.

Guruji Shrii Arnav receiving the Best Thailand Personality of the year award 2021.

Your social media posts are quite good and they deliver so much value. People eagerly look forward to meeting you in the Humans of Gemstoneuniverse program. How does one seek your mentorship or be your disciple?

I feel happy that I can deliver some unique value to the amazing people who interact and like to assimilate my posts or the information I share.

This primarily shows two things:

The vast range of avenues available to us to lead a better life and find solutions to our problems, and second, there is no one size fits all solution to problems.

Unique DNA, unique people, and unique methods of life optimization.

Yesterday in my Facebook post, I said I had a problem with the word mindset.

How can a dynamic MIND be SET? That is an absurdity. I was asked to simulate an interview-like situation and to get hired by specifying five words or less about myself. That was a cathartic life-changing exercise for some.

I also said if you are still looking for some course or mindset, etc., as part of your vocabulary, then there is still time to seek me out.

Once the individual is ready, nature automatically connects us. That is the magic and miracle of life.

Latest Yellow Sapphire ring and Nine Gem Talisman collections 2022 designed by Guruji Shrii Arnav & offered by the House of Gemstoneuniverse.

You advise some of the biggest corporations and individuals on finance and investment. What is your take on bitcoin, cryptos, NFT, etc.?

Whatever the economic situation, one should stick to basic solid foundation rules that always deliver.

God’s currency is land, gold, silver, Gemstones, and knowledge – these will never give a negative return despite COVID, stagflation, recession, depression, or whatever fancy words so-called experts throw at you.

Be conservative rather than greedy, and let the power of compounding do wonders for you.

For young entrepreneurs and individuals, a good primary goal is to have extra funds for one whole year in case you won’t be doing anything.

If you can calculate your yearly burn and work towards having that in reserve, you will automatically have excellent learning and practice, which should be enough.

Guruji Shrii Arnav appointed as the Mentor and Head of Strategy of Udon Thani Football club.

Your life is a roller coaster with so many fascinating things happening. What are your big-ticket items for 2022?

I think the primary focus now is on the Gem Art, ensuring that Gem supply and pricing remain stable and cutting-edge alternative healing centres including working with sacred herbs including legalized Cannabis (Smiles). I cannot say more at his juncture, and my heartfelt regards and best wishes to your team and readers. Stay well and Stay Blessed.

You can follow the amazing Guruji Shrii Arnav on social media via the links below:



Instagram: @gemstoneuniverse

You can also follow Guruji Shrii Arnav’s public updates on his Facebook for daily energy contemplations via the address below:

Wearing Love on his Heart- Guruji Shrii Arnav on a Cannabis Plantation

Meet The Rising Star Behind The Cover Of The July 2022 Issue Of GEQ Magazine: Cleopatra Fitzgerald

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New York City powerhouse Cleopatra Fitzgerald is a philanthropist, experienced researcher, politician, writer, activist of causes, and celebrity/influencer. Fitzgerald is also an interfaith minister who can officiate weddings, funerals, and baptisms from all types of religions – she is able to work with the various ideas and beliefs of each religion.

Many will recognize the politician/influencer as an NYC Mayoral Candidate. She was awarded the Martin Luther King’s award for her leadership and fight against discrimination of all types. At first, she was a longtime Democrat; then for several years she became independent as a Republican, and then she eventually returned back to the Democratic Party in early 2021. Throughout the years, she’s been an active voice who has worked towards fixing broken systems. She has met with many of the city’s politicians, including the Manhattan Borough President, a U.S. representative, as well as a Senate candidate. She’s been featured on Twiplomacy’s Twitter accounts most followed by world leaders and has been invited to attend high-profile events such as George W. Bush’s Official President’s Dinner Invitation, Barack Obama’s World Leaders Forum/gathering at the Hilton Hotel, and President Trump’s inaugural celebration, opening of the campaign office for an Independence Party presidential candidate to name a few. If Fitzgerald ever decides to run for political office again, she will be doing so for the awareness campaign causes of global issues that matter to the populace.

Fitzgerald was born on February 16th, 1984 in Manhattan, New York City. As a teen, she took several theatre classes and spent time acting and playwriting while in college. She also graduated with a degree in political science. At one point Fitzgerald attended a music college and was invited to perform with her violin various times at the Lincoln Center. She wants to rescue preoccupied minds from doubts with compassion. Her passions are varied and dynamic. Fitzgerald has participated in art drawing, and her work has been featured in museums – in fact, at the age of 12, she drew and sculpted nude life models from both genders at the academy.

GEQ magazine recently caught up with Fitzgerald to discuss her journey in the industry and here’s what she said:

How did you get into the fashion industry?

Our families in general come from a variety of performing arts, arts, and diverse industries that value fashion in view of their hereditary traditions, aesthetics, social status, global ethnicity, and other components. Primarily, my participation in fashion was when I began studying a hobby “art and sculpture” at the academy and I started to design fashion sketches as a mode of art – my instructor was a fashion designer. I have studied the history of fashion and was accepted into a fashion institute but did not attend because I was already enrolled at another school with differing subjects. In high school, they offered designing classes and I took art classes. As a global celebrity and fashion model, I believe that fashion can be educational and anyone with devotion and inspiration can become a designer. In my fashion modeling, I have used fashion in diverse settings and for various front cover stories.

What do you like most about being a designer?

Designing is about mixing themes, historical eras, concepts, etc. The part I appreciate about fashion is that it is about the human senses to raise awareness, to resolve situations of the present and the future. Fashion gives shape and meaning to a design that can heal, and transform our globe with betterment and not as a world upside down with deficiencies and broken systems. We can see trending for instance: Fashion for the environment, political issues, charity, prevention of diseases and so much more.

Downside to being a designer?

The time can be somewhat of a downside for designers. Considering the time spent in putting together all elements of the design which are visual geometry, symbols, textures, and so forth that should be meticulously, and properly placed in order. Whatever the focus of the theme to be depicted it takes concentration and organization to produce a marketable product.

What has been the most memorable experience of being in the fashion industry so far?

I was in a Halloween pageantry and my topic was titled “The Masked Senorita Costume” -I did not have the sole thought that I was going to be selected. When the judges without even knowing who I was, rewarded me – that is how I increased my motivation by portraying with my fashion the multitude of cultures in the world.

Who have been the most interesting people you’ve met so far?

I have met many distinguished people in my life including those dearly departed and those I had the pleasure of meeting during different events. In the fashion industry, while I was part of the art house the previous principal and art-house director Ms.Needler introduced me to fashion designer Norma Kamali. Additionally, on the street, Steven Kolb happened to be passing by and we spoke for a while. Among these are countless others I had the pleasure of meeting.

What has been the most valuable lesson you’ve learned while in the fashion industry? This can be about the industry or about yourself.

The important lesson is that women, men, and children models in the fashion industry should not be exploited. Sadly, many models are subjected to unfair wages, rape, sexual trafficking, child abuse, health problems like anorexia, and further types of abuse. Hopefully, human rights groups, organizations, law enforcement, and investigative journalists have made the planet alert and laws are being passed.

Is your family supportive of you being a designer?

Yes, they are supportive because my mission is not for my own benefit it is for the public wellbeing.

If you could go back in a time machine to the time when you were just getting started, what would you do differently?

I am satisfied with my past – however, I believe that throughout my educational years up till now, we are still in need of school reform. When something was wrong in the schools, I contacted the principal, sergeant, and the educational authorities. Nonetheless, more should be done to prevent bias, discrimination, harassment, stereotyping, bullying, and crimes. The surveillance cameras, metal detectors, guards, and policies might solve a portion of the issue but there is an abundance of defects that keep on persisting.

What is the best advice you have ever been given?

I do not forget the plenty of honest people whose words of advice were truly uplifting. I even give credit to and thank critics as everyone is entitled to their own opinions. One of the most important pieces of advice I received was from my math teacher Mr. Greco who said, “never change the way you are.” Optimistic affirmations really make a difference.

What are your future plans? Inside your career or out of it?

Plans are continuous as long as there are causes to advocate for and learning from others is a lifelong process. “Cosmic Worlds” and “Causes” signifies that I am advocating for the world and cosmic issues which present new concerns as times keep on advancing. Thus, finding resolutions to recurring dilemmas.

Meet The Rising Star Behind The Cover Of The June 2022 Issue Of GEQ Magazine: Jojo Almazora Sebastian

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Jojo Almazora Sebastian is a Filipino-American from Kapolei, Hawaii, based in Sydney, Australia – he’s a devoted and compassionate frontliner and nurse who works in the Operating Theatre at a busy Metropolitan Hospital in Sydney. However, on weekends, this orthopaedic nursing unit manager transforms into a charming and dashing tuxedo-attired singer-entertainer and master of ceremonies. A veteran of the United States Military Forces (USAF), he could be seen regularly in concerts where he performs as a front act for local and international artists. He has been a main staple in the local and International Pageants from the Philippines, Hawaii, and Australia in the last 17 years.

This former disc jockey of Brother Joe and Pinoy Love Crew 101.5 FM KPHI Honolulu has been named the Australian Best Pageant Host in the Australian Golden Sash Awards from 2019 through to 2021 and is due to represent Australia once more in the World Championship of Performing Arts (WCOPA 2023) to be held in California in July 2023 in the categories of singing, dancing, and modelling/spokesperson.

Jojo has been an awardee in Sydney’s Best Dressed for the last two years due to his excellent dressing sense and confident personality. For 2021, Sydney Best Dressed Organisation has awarded Jojo the Top Male Fashion Icon of the Year. This also landed him an award for the Inaugural Ceremony of World’s Best Dressed. Furthermore, he has been nominated for Manila’s Best Dressed for 2021 to represent Australia in the prestigious Annual Event in 2022. Moreover, he was given an award at the 2021 Australian Modelling and Fashion Awards. Jojo also is an Ambassador for Sassy and Co Clothing 2021 which endeavours to teach everyone in the community fashion sustainability and once more to breathe a new life to old clothes through recycling and repurposing. Jojo was also named the first brand ambassador for MADE FOR MEN – an organic skincare made for men.

Jojo has also been busy in the catwalk – he participated in the runway at the 2021 Australian Multicultural Fashion Festival, 2021 Sassy and Co Fashion Runway, 2021 Australian Modelling and Fashion Awards, 2021 Australian Fashion Preview, 2021 This Is Me Fashion Show and 2021 Miss Earth Australia Fashion Show amongst other. Jojo recently walked for Trinitiry Dawson – a Sydney Designer, in the New York Fashion Week last February 2022, and LAKME Fashion Show in June 2022. He has been invited back to grace New York Fashion Week this coming September 2022.

This year has been fruitful for Jojo, as he has been nominated and awarded numerous accolades such as Global Elite Achiever Awardee at the 2022 Global Awards Night (Utah, USA), International Pageant King of the Year at the 2022 Ganap Global Achiever Awards (Manila, Philippines), International Multi-Awarded Personality of the Year at the 2022 Ganap Global Achievers Awards (Manila, Philippines), Ambassador of Culture and Arts 2022 (Sydney, Australia), and representative of Sydney’s Best Dress at Manila’s Best Dress 2022.

In terms of his modelling career, 2021, and 2022 have been fruitful for Jojo. He has graced the cover of numerous magazines all over the world to date and there are still at least 6 in the works. He has appeared in the covers of GEQ magazine (February 2021 issue), Model and Mode (February 2021 issue), InLife International (March 2021 issue), Inside Pageant (4th Issue – USA – May 2021), Ganap Internation Magazine (2nd Issue – USA – 2nd Quarter 2021), StarCentral Magazine (June 2021 issue), Vous Magazine Men – Spain (June 2021 issue), Chicstilo Magazine (August 2021 issue), Vanity Philippines (October 2021 issue), Fashion Art Media Magazine (October – December 2021 Issue Scotland), Sash Magazine (January 2022 issue), Vanity Philippines (February 2022 issue), Ganap International Magazine (February 2022 issue), Fashion Arts Media Magazine – Scotland/United Kingdom (March 2022 issue, and Roidx Magazine – Paris, France (April 2022 issue). The list does not include radio, YouTube, and television interviews he has done in 2022 promoting his advocacies and charities.

Jojo has continued to expand his horizon by hosting a tv show in Australia TV1 with Mrs. Universe Australia Mary Rose Salubre under MS Production, where they feature interesting people, events, and places in Australia.

Overall, Jojo’s vision and purpose in this endeavor are to have a bigger platform to introduce and promote his advocacies.

GEQ recently caught up with Jojo to discuss his journey in the industry, and here’s what went down:

What is something that sets you apart or makes you unique?

Two things make me unique. My experience and passion sets me apart from my contemporaries. Passion drives me to be hungry to improve and try new things. That passion makes me look for adventures and journeys that I would not necessarily take. That passion provides me the niche and courage to run after things that people think would be out of my reach. That passion gets me that experience that made me the person that I am today.

What would you talk about if you could speak on national television for 30 minutes?

If I could speak on national TV for half an hour, I would take the opportunity to talk about my advocacies. My advocacies include the following: (1) children and (2) Volunteerism. For the Children, I continue to support various charitable institutions and fundraise for Sydney Children’s Hospital and Cerebral Palsy Foundation. Overall, I have raised, and helped raise over $38,000 AUD for various organisations and charities I support. For about ten years, I have provided scholarship for the less fortunate in the Philippines to continue their college education.

One of the projects I have concentrated on is Community Service by Volunteerism. Volunteering is generally considered an altruistic activity where an individual or group provides services for no financial gain. Volunteering is often intended to promote goodness or improve the human quality of life. Volunteering may have positive benefits for the volunteer, and the person or community served. I highly believe that if our community comes together and volunteers, even for just a couple of hours a month under any charitable institution and non-profit organisation – it will make a positive difference in the personal and professional aspects of all individuals involved, especially oneself. Furthermore, I would like for the community to realise that volunteering is a social responsibility of all its members, especially for the marginalised and disadvantaged.

Photographed By: George Azmy
Clothes: Zara
HMUA: Marilou Bautista
Skin Care: Chocolate Day Spa

What are three goals you want to accomplish in 5 years?

In 5 years, I hope to complete my Master’s in Nursing Education, establish a Scholarship Foundation to support students to continue their University Education in Australasia, and probably settle down in my own house in Australia.

What do you want your legacy to be?

I want to be remembered as a person of passion who has lived my life in the fullness of serving others.

Photographed By: Elegantography
Clothes: Zara
HMUA: Marilou Bautista
Skin Care: Chocolate Day Spa

How do you try to make a difference in your community?

I believe that being a role model in the community is what we can do. Encouraging others to come out and volunteer their time to various charitable institutions and non-profit organisations is how I try to make a difference. As we all know, there are so many charity and nonprofit institutions that would like to help our community, and what lacks is volunteers. So let us all get out there and volunteer. Let us also encourage others to volunteer.

How do you define failure?

Personally, I define FAILURE as a stepping stone to achieving the goal you set. It’s quite cliché; however, it’s true. I learned not to dwell on the negative feelings that a situation brings; instead, find the positive in it and try to make it work to my advantage – the least you could do is write it off as experience and move forward.

Photographed By: George Azmy
Clothes: Zara
HMUA: Marilou Bautista
Skin Care: Chocolate Day Spa

How would you describe yourself in 1 word?

One word to describe me is PASSIONATE.

What is one thing in your life you would go back and change?

I would not change anything I have been through; however, if I could spend more time with my family, especially with my father, before he passed away, I would.

If you could wish for anything, what would it be?

If I could wish for anything, it would have to be more go-getter when I was younger.

Photographed By: George Azmy
Clothes: Zara
HMUA: Marilou Bautista
Skin Care: Chocolate Day Spa

Introducing The Entrepreneur Behind The Cover Of The March 2022 Issue Of InLife International: Kristina V Herreen

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When Kristina V Herreen was a little girl, she was always in trouble. She spent the first year of her life in hospital as she was born with heart disease. When she was finally brought home, she ended up becoming a handful to everyone around her.

When she was 14 years old, Kristina left home, lived on a farm, went to an agriculture school, and then studied university. Eventually, she became a counsellor and marketer, she got into health and fitness, and lots more. She discovered that she was the type of person that wanted to be around people and help people. Sitting at a desk for 8 hours was just not her thing. She has constantly been looking for that right fit for her all her life, but it felt like it was alluding her.

During that same period, Kristina gained a lot of weight and lost a lot of self-esteem, so that outgoing and fun girl she once was, disappeared. She started to listen to what others wanted for her instead of doing what she wanted for herself and her happiness. She started to have self-doubt, and with that, her self-belief was also on the rocks. It would take years before she was able to have the courage to rediscover and move back into that “me spot” after all, years of self-destruction and pain had made that a distant memory.

Kristina became very body-conscious and aware of her looks and weight, which affected her way of acting and connecting with people. She was raised to believe there is a specific order to life: get a government job, get married, have kids, get a dog, and then live happily ever after – but she had that inner calling telling her that she was here for something big, something that will help others, something that will make her special. So against all the odds, she has never stopped looking for that right vehicle to become that special person that she knew she could become.

When Kristina first came to Australia, she became a wife and a mother in a city she had never been to before. A city that was and still is, in many ways, very conservative. She found it very hard to connect with people socially. Life really changed for the better when she attended a business seminar one day and she had the opportunity to talk to the speaker. The speaker said to her, “You have an accent, and you are from a non-Australian origin, turn that into your advantage, what you have people would love to have.” That really made her think, and from that day, those words have always been on her mind to serve as a reminder whenever her confidence plummets.

Fast forward to today, and Kristina is now known as The Networking Diva. She’s the director at Diva Global Business Connections PTY LTD and FortunePi Holdings, where her position is a Wealth Builder, and she’s also a radio producer and host at Casey Radio 97.7FM.

InLife International recently caught up with Kristina to discuss her journey in the industry and here’s what went down:

What are you currently doing to maintain/grow your business?

Networking, networking, and more networking or, as some people prefer to say – connecting with people. For me, that is all about communicating and connecting genuinely with integrity and respect with everyone. Once you learn this skill, it will stay with you forever, and your referrals will start coming in floods as well.

What form of marketing has worked well for your business throughout the years?

My marketing has always been to build my network through personal networking, both in-person and online. Nothing beats the opportunity you have to connect with people from all backgrounds and with different needs and wants. I always say: “No connection is a waste of time,” and I NEVER throw away a business card – you never know where a connection can take you.

What social media platforms do you usually use to increase your brand’s awareness?

I have always been a fan of Facebook, and I am talking about personal profiles, not business pages or group pages. Once you find someone that sounds interesting or a friend of someone, your work has started to connect with them and to do it well. Remember, they have friends, family, cousins, parents, work colleagues, and so on, so who knows who would be interested in your business today or another day? Your business changes, and so do people, so find a way to reconnect with people; everyone will respect and remember you if you ring someone up just to see how they are going.

What is the toughest decision you had to make in the last few months?

I always wanted to support people with what they want to achieve so when the personal events, face to face, was in a quiet place for a while, I decided to become a Wealth Builder and to help people to improve their financial situation and to support them to move on with their dreams of their new home and/or their plans to invest for the future. Being a Networking Diva, that move was common sense to me as my network was already there, and I know how to build a great strong network, so this was just an extension to be able to help more people.

How has your business been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic?

To Network Face-To-Face was, for me being in Melbourne, a big challenge as most venues were closed for almost two years, and to network in the “traditional” way was just out of the question. I then adjusted my skills to how to Network online but with the same basic skills, and I know it works either way, as long as you are following a system, like anything in business – when having a system that works, you will stick to it, and that’s what I did. With or without a pandemic, “Your network will always be your Networth.”

How have you adapted your business operations in response to COVID-19 and its associated impacts?

I had to adapt to the current situation in the market to stay as a business owner, and I did that by restructuring my business the way I choose my prospects and demographics for my connections. That meant that becoming a Wealth-Builder with Fortune Pi Holdings was just an adjustment of my type of prospects and to learn another professional skill on top what I was already doing. Offering people a way to stay on top of their finances as a team member with a Fortune Pi Holdings has been challenging but also very exciting as I just confirm that excellent networking skills are a must in any profession where you deal with people that includes most of us. We are a company that prides itself on understanding customer needs and mapping those needs against a wide range of superior products we have available, which gives us a comprehensive edge in the marketplace. Rule No 1 when Networking: Networking is never about you; Networking is always about others!

What have been some of the most important lessons you have learned because of this pandemic?

I find that if you are panicking, getting too over analytical it will be very hard to join whatever is changing around you, and this pandemic was and still is a very big change for all of us. I still live by the motto of “Work with what you have, not with what you don’t have.” For example, being a Wealth Builder, I will work with what you have to get to what you want, and I find that a lot easier to deal with, whatever it would be, family, life, or business.

What do you hope to see happen in the near future for small businesses all over the world?

Unity, we are here to support each other. Greed doesn’t support anyone, and karma will look after those too greedy ones. Start Networking genuinely and professionally, which will help you all grow, flourish, and succeed in the way you desire. Learn how to be an excellent networker, which will improve your life in so many ways. I dream that we could build a networking system online, maybe Facebook course I like it, and then just support each other in any way we can. Remember, don’t waste a connection course you never, never, never know where a connection can lead!

What advice would you give to a newbie Entrepreneur setting up a new business in this pandemic?

Learn how to Network the proper way, find yourself a mentor or some sort of support on the way, and always remember to work with what you have, not with what you don’t have, and you will get what you want by helping others to achieve what they want. Be a problem solver, so don’t be afraid to “think outside the box” Be authentic, keep to the facts, and never stop learning. Last but not least, be a nice person, a nice human being and people will never forget you! Happy networking,

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Meet The Woman Behind The Cover Of The March 2022 Issue Of Global Elite Entrepreneur: Tahera Nassrat

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Fleeing from the Taliban under a burka at 20 – and at 42 a high flyer in Sydney

A few decades back, the gender inequality gap was significant; women were paid less and held smaller roles in organizations. However, things are quickly shifting as there were over 252 million women, entrepreneurs out of 582 million in 2021. Women have proven to be effective leaders and decision-makers again and again. One of such rising entrepreneurs is Tahera Nassrat. She is a confident tax agent, business coach, successful entrepreneur and advisor with over two decades of experience.

Tahera hails from Afghanistan during the Taliban regime in 1998 and received higher education in Australia. She has a solid academic background with a Bachelor’s of Business and Commerce major in accounts from the University of Western Sydney and an Advanced Diploma in Accounting. Tahera took part in multiple educational programs throughout various countries to further polish her soft skills. Some of them include Assertiveness development training in London, Team Leading & Management in Scotland, Tools & Procedures for Effective Development in Dubai, and Geographical Information System and Program Manager System in Islamabad.

Miss Nassrat has filled various key roles in the business space and amassed several significant achievements throughout her career. Besides being the Director at T & R Accountants, she is a Peace Advocate, UNICEF’s Honorary Women Representative in Afghanistan, she’s also the Afghan Peace Foundation’s Director, the Peace Ambassador for International Women Peace Group, a nominee for Citizen of the year 2022 in Parramatta LGA and winner of the Outstanding Professional Service Parramatta Local Business Award, among other roles. She also closely worked with the Ministry of Finance in Afghanistan to make strategies for poverty reduction and initiated adding her country Afghanistan’s new year “Nawroz” into the Cumberland council calendar with significant support from Councillor Steve Christou.

Tahera established her private tax firm, T & R Accountants, in 2009 and has been successfully running it since then. Her firm currently manages over 5,000 clients from various industries, including health, retail, construction, childcare, finance, disability, and more.

Even though Tahera is associated with United Nations, numerous NGOs, and peace programs, her years of professional experience has enabled her to find the right balance between her business and philanthropic lifestyle. She is always available to offer tax advice and services to her new and existing clients no matter where she is in the world.

“I am actively communicating with my existing clients by being reachable to them as the first point of contact, providing free workshops via zoom or face to face (if health order allows) to small businesses, and providing free tax advice and consultations to a broader community,” said Tahera Nassrat.

As the director of the Afghan Peace Foundation, Tahera’s current focus is on helping Afghan refugees settle and find employment in Australia – in fact, she has already helped several refugees get a fresh start in Australia. Because of her efforts, the Afghan Peace Foundation was featured in the Sydney Morning Herald for their amazing charity work. The refugees and the foundation has impressively helped in a campaign that raised over 15 thousand signatures for the intake of more Afghan refugees into Australia.

Tahera is a strong, bold, and independent Afghan woman who believes her success is not a chance but a choice she made! Because of the efforts of women entrepreneurs like Tahera, the corporate and business space is now recognizing the true potential of women and bridging the gap of gender inequality.

Global Elite Entrepreneur recently caught up with Tahera to discuss her journey as an entrepreneur, and here’s what went down:

What are you currently doing to maintain/grow your business?

I always try to be the first point of contact of my existing clients so that they can feel I am actively communicating with them. I also provide free workshops via zoom or even face to face, free tax advice, free consultations, and I never let my clients leave the office without a personalized goodbye. I want every client to feel important regardless of their size or structure.

What form of marketing has worked well for your business throughout the years?

Word of mouth is our primary marketing tool; we try to stay relevant in newspapers, radio stations, social media, and other media sources. Potential clients and existing customers can reach our team via Facebook as well as other social media platforms seven days a week.

What social media platforms do you usually use to increase your brand’s awareness?

Instagram, Facebook, Whatsup, and Tiktok.

What is the toughest decision you had to make in the last few months?

The most challenging decision we’ve had to make over the last 12 years was shutting our business down due to the COVID-19 lockdown in July last year.

July has always been our peak time every year, so we typically hire more casual staff to assist us with our client’s tax returns. However, due to the COVID-19 lockdown, our office was forced to shut down because the government ordered everyone from our team to stay at home. I was left to manage around 5000 clients on my own because of our lack of staff!

I was processing applications for various government grants and managing over 500 phone calls daily.

It was definitely tough for us to close the office, but servicing over 5000 clients with the same standard and quality as that of an entire team was even more challenging.

I worked from home during those times and the number of grant applications I was able to process was equivalent to the workload of seven employees for an entire two and half months!

How has your business been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic?

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted businesses worldwide, including ours. We were affected at the worst possible time of the year! Every second day, one of our employees was forced to isolate; this resulted in some of our clients being unable to make their tax obligations.

As much as we wanted to help our clients, we were forced to ask them to hold back on lodging their tax returns due to staff shortages. We definitely suffered enormous losses due to the COVID 19 pandemic.

How have you adapted your business operations in response to COVID-19 and its associated impacts?

We had to stop receiving walk-in clients. Our appointments changed from face-to-face to Zoom, and most of our clients who don’t know how to use Zoom get on a priority list to come to our office in person. When the government finally allowed face-to-face visits, everyone went through an appointment process. No one was allowed to walk into the office without an appointment. We were scheduling client visits based on appointments, and each consultation was 15 minutes apart from each other to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by maintaining a physical distance. Physical distancing and wearing masks will always be our top priority during every consultation.

What have been some of the most important lessons you have learned because of this pandemic?

Take your health seriously and have a risk assessment for your business during a crisis such as COVID or a lockdown. You need to have a strategy in place to be able to work and run your business remotely – remote access to your database and business now should be a MUST!

What do you hope to see happen in the near future for small businesses all over the world?

Small businesses should be able to operate remotely, no limitation to work from wherever. They must have a solid system and saving strategy as this is very crucial.

What advice would you give to a newbie Entrepreneur setting up a new business in this pandemic?

Make sure you have backup options in this time of crisis and don’t panic if your business shuts down because it’s not just you, the pandemic is everywhere. Prioritize your health over money (safety comes first), make sure your books and systems are correctly done, make sure there’s remote access to your servers, and don’t use shortcuts to save money – you need to spend money to make money. Don’t wait for success to come, go after it – work hard and achieve what you want in business!

To know more about Tahera Nassrat or receive a consultation, contact her via or call at 02- 8810 1031.

Meet The Entrepreneur Behind The Cover Of The November 2021 Issue Of Global Elite Entrepreneur: Kamran Karim

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After being a crucial part of brand development and click monetization projects of several Fortune 500 companies, serial entrepreneur Kamran Karim is taking the entrepreneurial world by storm armed with his more than 13 years of professional experience in mobile app development, software development, deployment building strategic alliances, branding, product life cycle completion, digital marketing, and internet promotions.

Kamran Karim has founded several companies, such as Tech Whizards – a global company that provides innovative digital solutions for businesses, and Yacht Rental DXB – a luxury yacht rental company applying Uber’s digital business model for clients to rent yachts and spend time with their friends and their loved ones. He is also the founder of Binary Geeks – a software house that provides innovative products for the global market.

Kamran Karim has a number of exciting upcoming projects lined up, such as a YouTube channel named “She Inspires,” where they will be interviewing women who have gone through struggles and overcame all the obstacles life put them through. He’s also planning to launch another YouTube channel called DefiGeeks, which is catered to the Pakistan market, where they are planning to post weekly episodes about cryptocurrency and the hype surrounding it. Lastly, he’s also in the process of launching a private jet rental company called Jetify in UAE, where users will be able to follow the Uber business model and rent private jets, similar to their Yacht initiative.

Global Elite Entrepreneur recently caught up with Kamran to discuss his journey to entrepreneurship, and here’s what went down:

What inspired you to develop your idea? What is unique about your business?

I believe that ideation is a gift; it is definitely inspired, and for a person like me, inspiration comes from being spiritually connected to my environment, being able to seek the “What is missing” element in my surroundings, and then forming that element into an idea. Many people get inspired but cannot evolve that inspiration into an idea, which is what sets me and my business apart; my ability to get inspired, evolve that into an idea, and most importantly, implement it to make my whole business strategization “unique.”

How have your priorities changed from when you first started?

I think everyone’s priorities need to change from time to time; if there is no change in priorities, then there is no evolution and no movement towards the higher order. That said, my priorities have definitely changed from the beginning to now. Initially, it was more of a subtle change in priorities than a deliberate or planned thing.

Knowing what you know now, is there anything you would have done differently when you were first starting out?

You will find me incredibly poetic here but, I don’t think a person should think of undoing their previous mistakes. Ask me why and the answer will be that I find that mistakes define the journey to success, so one should not regret any mistakes they might have made in the past.

What challenges did you have to overcome at the beginning of your journey? How long did it take you to find success?

I am still a long way from being successful in the way I’d want to be; however, my challenges have changed since I began my first business. Initially, I used to be worried about matters like finding investors, and finance, while now I worry more about things like product sustainability, marketing, etc.

What strategies did you first use to market your business?

I think the most common strategies for business are the ones where I employed myself in the beginning. I also took advantage of the various social media platforms and heavily utilized them to promote my business and create a market for my products. Now, it is more word of mouth situation, a family of clientele, and the likes.

What has been the most valuable lesson you’ve learned while in business. This can be about your industry or about yourself.

Patience is a virtue! Instead of expecting to become a success overnight, one needs to be patient and plod their way towards success.

How do you define success?

Internal satisfaction and the gratification that one obtains when you see your business being trusted by a lot of people – and knowing that you are the person behind the business. That is what I call success.

What have you enjoyed most about starting your own company?

A person like me loves everything about the experience of starting their own company. It is like you have a baby, and you are watching it grow. The first clients are like the first steps; the 2nd product is like the baby has learned a new word. So, I can not as such define any specific thing that I enjoyed the most while starting my own company. I think it’s everything about it.

What is the best advice you have ever been given?

The same one I quoted about patience being a virtue.

What are your future plans? Inside your career or out of it.

Well, expansion, the addition of new things, and diversifying into other areas are on the cards; as for plans outside the career, I’d rather not discuss at the moment. I tend to be a highly private person.

Meet The Queens Behind The Cover Of The November 2021 Issue Of GEQ Magazine: The Ms Australia, New Zealand & Oceania World Universal Queens

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Ms. World Universal Australia, New Zealand, Oceania World is the premier international Pageant system for women ages 25 and over.

Ms. World Universal Australia, New Zealand, Oceania encompasses growth, development, mentoring, and coaching at a National Level and provides opportunities for women to compete on an international stage at the Ms. World Universal International Finals.

Ms. World Universal Australia, New Zealand, and Oceania proudly provides each candidate the opportunity for personal growth, self-expression, and development – through stage presence, public speaking, and international travel opportunities. They recognise women’s strengths and accomplishments.

With integrity, strong moral values, and promoting all women of today, Ms. World Universal provides unique opportunities for all women to achieve their goals. They believe that a woman’s value and beauty should not be defined by her relationship status or age.

Ms. Australia, New Zealand & Oceania World Universal is also proud to partner with Tour de Cure, raising funds for the Scott Canner Young Investigator Grant – joining them in their mission to cure cancer.

Without further ado, let’s meet the Ms. World Universal 2021 queens:

Tulip Goujon

Tulip Goujon Lealaitagomoa is a 45-year-young, strong, and independent pacific island woman from beautiful Samoa. God is at the centre of everything she does, and she draws self-belief, respect, success, and a strong mindset from daily prayer and self-affirmations. She’s a proud advocate of self-love and supporting her community in getting educated about discovering, maintaining, and living a healthy lifestyle. She loves going to church, pushing her limits at the gym, and all things fashion. In her spare time, she likes to draw out designs and work on bringing them to life. She’s grateful for the blessing of being able to represent her homeland in different countries through pageantry over these past few years. Currently, she holds the title of Mrs. World Oceania Elite 2021-2022. She’s confident in herself and proud to be a hard-working mother, model, and overall queen. She enjoys her life because she feels that being herself is so easy!

The best advice she can give to anyone is never to compare your journey to another’s. Everyone moves at their own pace, so it’s better to focus on your own moves. She encourages her fellow Pacific and Oceania sisters all over the world to never give up on their dreams. You can be whatever and whoever you want to be. Trust in God, be compassionate, and when you find anything hard to finish, remember the reason why you started. She’s filled with gratitude for all those who have supported her go far. Her family- parents, brothers and sisters, beloved children, and friends make her world more bright, and for that, she’s thankful.

Cyprian Fruean-Posesione

Cyprian Fruean-Posesione is currently the reigning Ms. Ocenia World Universal 2021. Cyprian got her first taste of pageantry back in 1994 when she turned 21 years old and joined Miss Samoa. She has always wanted to showcase her talent and gain confidence in front of people. The next day she was selected to take part in a photoshoot for a magazine to promote Samoa Tourism. Her late grandfather Sala Suivai, saw she had potential with performing and entertaining at family and community functions so he encouraged me to take the opportunity to enter abroad. From there she had discovered her passion on stage within the pageant industry. She entered again in 1995 in the Miss Samoa NZ pageant in New Zealand where she won the talent and traditional wear segment and came 2nd runner up. In 2017 she joined Mrs. Worldwide representing Samoa in Singapore – she made it in the top 10 and won Mrs. Congeniality. Furthermore, in 2018 she represented Samoa in Taiwan at the Lady of Brilliancy pageant where she came top 10 for talent and the winner of the Lady of Charity title. Her National Director and Designer is none other than Tito Stowers.

Leila Loei

Leila Loei sparkles for every woman and girl. She is a proud single mom to two children, an entrepreneur, a mentor. She regularly volunteers her time with a number of Not-for-Profit organisations in Brisbane, promoting awareness and engaging with the community on the salient issue of DV Prevention.

Leila has been an amazing success story for a migrated woman. After completion of her Bachelor Degree in Food Science & Technology Engineering, In 2003, Leila decided to come to Australia to follow up and achieve her dreams to become a successful woman, so she completed her double Master Degrees in Environmental Health and Health Science. In 2018, she returned to study to finish her Australia Migration Law & Practice. In 2006, Leila was employed in a government sector, however after experiencing so many years of discrimination, bullying, and sexual harassment in her workplace. Leila has decided to open a new chapter in her career by establishing her own business consulting company to achieve her goals and take control of her life completely in 2021 in the middle of COVID 19, the Global Pandemic crisis.

Besides all, she loves fashion and acting, so she is a professional, experienced international model and published in magazines globally. She has walked numerous fashion shows in Australia and overseas and is a charity advocate. Being part of fundraising charity events for vulnerable people such as children and women, empowering and motivating her to achieve her goals.

Leila, as Ms. Australia World Universal Ambassador 2021, Ms. Persia Universal Elegance 2019, and Ms. Galaxy Australia 1st runner up 2019, strongly believes that each and every single one of us has a voice. We all have a story (or stories) to tell, which consists of our experiences and locations, our hopes and aspirations, and how they have shaped us into who we are and how we live our lives, be it by choice or by circumstance. Her platform is domestic violence awareness and education for street children. She has experienced Domestic Violence for so many years of her life by staying in a toxic relationship. However, she decided to finish any Domestic Violence against herself and her kids since 2016. She has built and established a primary school for no socioeconomic children in Iran to give them the opportunity to study to follow up her father’s legacy and dream.

Leila would Dare herself to improve upon and build her self-confidence by venturing outside her comfort zone; She would Dare herself to contact people and help them when they require to be helped. She would Dream of partnering and collaborating with the UN WOMEN that share her vision of supporting and helping others, particularly children and women. She is a survivor from a men-dominated society to show all women around the world to be proud of their identity, values themselves of who they are, and believe in. She believes in herself, and she will be successful at accomplishing her Dares, Dreams, and goals.

Challenging and developing herself feels like the sky is the limit! Bottom line, She Is A Proud Survivor and Warrior Of Domestic Violence.

Sandy Nand

Sandy Nand was originally born in Fiji, but she moved to New Zealand to bring up a family. She is a career-oriented person, while she also focuses on her family as well. She works for a Finance company but recently broke all the social norms by speaking up against Domestic Violence – she’s passionate about assisting women and men in abusive relationships and breast cancer fundraising. She loves fashion because she uses fashion to portray her message to her followers.

Diana Omuoyo

Ms. New Zealand Universal 2021, Diana Omuoyo currently resides in Sydney, Australia, where she works as an IT professional. She is an avid advocate for Women in Tech and has a keen interest in reducing inequality and promoting Inclusion in STEM related fields.

Diana has been instrumental in facilitating discussions on Diversity, Leadership, Mental & Financial Wellbeing. She stays active as a community leader by volunteering with various local and global programs supporting STEM/ESTEAM, Inclusion, Quality Education, and Entrepreneurship.

Since winning the title, she has volunteered as a mentor with the PFC Founders program – a UNSW initiative for emerging entrepreneurs and participated as a STEM mentor with Summer of Tech NZ – supporting University students in Aotearoa.

She is currently working with ColabL – an initiative focussed on career-based mentoring for the underrepresented communities. She also continues to serve as an active fellow for Team4Tech – a Silicon Valley-based nonprofit with the mission of improving the quality of education for underserved learners around the world through technology solutions.

Her mission and aspirations are to be a positive influence and encourage others to do the same because she has learned from experience that every act of kindness makes a difference to another.

Cole Nocera

Cole has been in the pageant industry for six years, competing in many National pageants and even competing internationally in 2019. Cole believes in exuding your best self regardless of what society has to say as we deserve the space to do so, therefore paving the way for many alike to shine your brightest.

Cole works as a Youth homelessness caseworker inside the refuges for young people across NSW. She prides herself on her work in trauma-informed practice and strives to educate many around trauma, in particular childhood trauma. Outside of this, she runs a small business in cosmetic tattooing as a way of self-care.

She is also heavily involved in community projects with homeless youth, women who have experienced Domestic Violence, and women who have come out of incarceration with the Women’s Justice Network. As a new community project, Cole has started facilitating the “Love Bites” program inside high schools educating year ten students on family and domestic violence, sex and relationships. She sees this as an important bridging to our youth and planting seeds on having positive relationships, language, and recognising red flags.

Cole was nominated for the 7news community service award and was a finalist out of 100s in NSW for the 7news NSW health bettering communities award 2020 and 2021.

Em Hardwicke

It took Em 40 years and the birth of her son to be truly comfortable with herself, to love the person she is, and to be proud of her achievements and successes in her life. It is this passion, determination, and hard work that has got her through some tough times and has given her the strength and courage to take on some big dreams and physical challenges over the years.

“When I chose to enter Ms. Australia World Universal, I wanted my journey to mean something, and I wanted to make a difference,” Em said.

“As a sisterhood, we support Cancer Research and the search for a cure to bring an end to this hideous disease. As an individual, I support and advocate for anti-bullying and suicide prevention, a cause that I am incredibly passionate about and one that has very personal meaning to me.”

Em said for her, like for so many others, 2020 was a year never to be forgotten as her family, along with the local community, battled the Snowy Mountains bushfires in January and COVID in March, which saw her stood down from her job and ultimately made redundant, leaving her without work and her family not knowing what was next. Knee surgery also forced Em to give up one of her true loves, long-distance running.

Not one to let a setback deter Em from achieving her goals, she refocused, found a new job she absolutely loves, and got back to the real passions in her life and, it seems, being crowned Ms. Australia was just the start of things for Em in 2021.

Her dedication, passion and support of anti-bullying and suicide prevention has also seen Em be announced as a Bully Zero HIRO and a cast member of Adventure All Stars, an international television series, broadcast in 25 countries, that successfully combines entertainment with philanthropy.

“I have been amazed and inspired by the opportunities that have presented themselves this year,” says Em.

“Every opportunity gives me another chance to support Bully Zero and to help them create a world free from bullying. It also gives me the unique opportunity to show people that you really can achieve anything regardless of age, status, gender,

physical ability and that we really are only restricted by the limitations we place on ourselves.”

Bully Zero HIROs – this is Bully Zero’s national volunteer program that draws on the voices, passion, and energy of those who are passionate about putting a stop to bullying in their community.

Bullying impacts over two million Australians every year; whether it’s young people at school, employees in the workplace, or all ages online, many face the challenging impacts of becoming targets of bullying behaviours.

Together, HIROs raise awareness, educate the community, raise funds, and share a message of hope.

Adventure All-Stars features real-life cast members undertaking an unforgettable journey to a secret location for six days of fun and adventure. Adventure All-Stars is the ultimate road trip where TV viewers get to experience incredible locations through the eyes of an engaging and socially conscious cast.

As a cast member, Em is required to raise funds and awareness on behalf of her chosen charity, Bully Zero. Em’s goal is to raise a minimum of $10,000 to help Bully Zero bring an end to bullying and to create an Australia where we all feel safe, valued and respected.

“This is such a special and unique opportunity, I couldn’t pass it up, and who knows, my participation and my fundraising may just help save the life of a young person struggling with being bullied and who believes their only way out is to take their own life. I will take anything thrown at me, if it means the difference between life and death.”

Em plans to continue her community work well into 2022 with her continued support of Bully Zero and Tour de Cure.“There are a lot of exciting things coming up, and I am honoured and proud to be a part of two such amazing organisations that make a difference in the lives of so many people. I take my title seriously. Being Ms. Australia is not just about the title, the sash, or the crown; it’s about how I can make a difference in my community. It’s also about being a role model for other women and young girls and showing them that anything is possible; you just need to believe that it is.”

Jodie-Maree Hudson

Jodie-Maree Hudson is 31 years old, and she has always had a passion for helping others. She joined the Army when she was 17 years old to serve her country and help her community.

Unfortunately, due to being injured while on exercise, she was medically discharged in 2020. During her career, she achieved a lot – in fact, in 2016, she received a solders medallion for exemplary service.

She would love to help show young girls and women that they can achieve anything they put their minds to, no matter how big or small it may be.

She recently learned to walk again after an injury she sustained during exercise in the Army. Doctors told her that she would need to find something that does not involve moving around or moving too far from the bed. She’s now volunteering at the RSL, which she was told less than 12 months ago she would never be able to do.

She still struggles with pain and movement most days; however, she finds trying to stay active and always stay positive is the key. She’s currently studying a nursing course, and she hopes on completion that she will be able to continue to help people within her community.

Leonie Thomas

Leonie Thomas was recently crowned Ms. Australia Elite at the recent Ms. Australia NZ Oceania World Universal Pageant and is excited to be representing Australia in 2022 for her chance to WIN the Ms. World/Ms. World Elite title.

Leonie is a qualified youth worker and welfare officer who founded an award-winning not-for-profit social enterprise. In 2012 she won the Australasian Housing Institute Award for one of the programs she developed that saw people from low-income households socially reconnect not just to service providers but the community as a whole.

She advocates on behalf of Parents Beyond Breakup as well as Youth Homelessness/Homelessness and Lupus as well as a variety of other causes.

She is a believer in the phrase, “the actions of one when supported by many can create positive change” and loves the concept of people helping people.

Leonie is a Brand Ambassador for Silk Oil Of Morocco – an Australian Hair Care & Beauty Range. She has worked as an extra on various TV shows including All Saints, Packed to The Rafters, Home and Away, and more recently Doctor Doctor as well as being featured in East West 101 among others. She has dabbled in modelling on and off since she was 17.

She has also attended various events as a guest speaker/keynote spokesperson at Zonta International, Probus, White Ribbon Day, Youth Homelessness, and Lupus and she has appeared on the Morning Show. Leonie ran a support group for people with various autoimmune diseases for nearly 5 years and is extremely passionate about the causes she chooses to align herself with.

Meet The Rising Star Behind The Cover Of The November 2021 Issue Of GEK Magazine: Faith Andersen

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Faith is a 9-year-old beauty queen and lives in Newcastle and travels to Sydney frequently – Her current title is “World Universal Runway Princess.” She’s a very outgoing young lady now who has overcome many of life’s obstacles at such a young age. Her willingness to thrive and achieve the happiest moments out of life for herself and others around her. Faith lives for the finest things in life such as the simplest things such as nature, animals, insects, and all things to do with the environment. She competed in her first pageant with future faces and pulled queen for her age group and received a crown which is what she wished for. She auditioned for Trendy B audition and made it to the Trendy B Kids fashion festival, so she was super stoked. She loves supporting causes and charities as well as helping anyone in need.

GEK magazine recently had a chat with Faith about her journey in pageantry and here’s what went down:

How did you get into the pageant industry?

I started pageantry and runway when I was 8. I am a very adventurous girl who loves to go to the beach, collect shells, and swim.

What do you like most about being a beauty queen?

I love being a beauty queen as taught me to be myself and have self-confidence. I’ve also loved meeting and getting to know all the other beauty queens.

What has been the most memorable experience of being in the pageant industry so far?

My most memorable experience about being in the pageant industry would have to be receiving my first sash and crown.

Who have been the most interesting people you’ve met so far?

The most interesting people I have met during the pageants is Emmy as she is an inspiration and is beautiful and supportive. Also, Jasmine as she has done a lot of pageants, and when I went to watch Mrs. Universal last year when she was competing – she was one that stood out to me. I met her afterward and she was amazing so I want to be just like her.

Is your family supportive of you being in the pageant industry?

My little family is most supportive of what I do. As we all do pageants except my daddy, but he is still so supportive and comes to support me every time. I love doing pageants with my little sister Montarna and looking forward to doing one with someone I look up to the most, which most know as Tiarne.

Who’s your role model?

My role model is my daddy because he has the most caring heart and always puts us before himself and is always there for me when I’m feeling sad, happy, or when I achieve my goals, and even when I don’t He has taught me it doesn’t matter as long as you get out there and give it a go they are proud.

What are your future plans? Inside pageantry or out of it.

When I’m on stage it makes me feel like I’m a princess. My life goal for pageantry is to one day make it to a national level and compete overseas.

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