Q&A with Sophia Sarkis: Finalist of the Mrs. International Australia 2016 Pageant

Sophia Sarkis, 38, is a happily married fashion designer and devoted mother of two. This year she was named as finalist of the Mrs. International Australia 2016 pageant. She plans to use her current public platform to raise funds for cancer research after losing her father to cancer two year ago 2 years ago, when he was just 56 years old. Below is an interview with the beauty queen:

Sophia Sarkis: Finalist of the Mrs. International Australia 2016 Pageant

Sophia Sarkis: Finalist of the Mrs. International Australia 2016 Pageant

Why did you sign up for Mrs. International Australia 2016?

The reason I signed up for Mrs. International Australia 2016 was because I believed in the cause and the purpose it represents. For me, when I signed up, I did not sign up anticipating or expecting to win a crown. It is not about the crown for me, however, the crown would be symbolic if I did win. My main motivation for signing up was to inspire and encourage my daughter. I wanted to show her that I was confident and I wanted to be a better role model for her. My daughter is 9 years old and has a lot of personal fears. By doing this, I was hoping to be an example for her – to show her you can do anything you put your mind to and when you have confidence within yourself and to not be afraid.
I also signed up to be an influential individual and to use the fame for a good cause. For me, I want to influence women who are suffering from low self-esteem, depression, anxiety and other issues. Just like I want to be a role model for my daughter, I want to be a role model for other women. I want to champion women’s rights and inspire women to feel better about themselves.
Is it different from other pageants, if so how?
This pageant is significantly different to me than other pageants.
For me, this pageant is not about beauty. It recognizes gifted, talented women of all walks and shapes and acknowledges inner beauty. Importantly, this pageant emphasises the talents, accomplishments, personalities and the social contributions of its participants, unlike any other pageant.
What does being a finalist entail?
For me being a finalist entails many things. Mainly, it entails that I am recognised as a gifted woman who has inner beauty. It has helped me feel more confident within myself, and as a result, helped me make others feel more confident within themselves. I feel I can give more back to the community now and focus on my charity work and helping others, especially women.

Describe yourself in five words:

Positive, Inspirational, Giving, Kind, Loving.

Where do you see yourself in five years time?

I see myself being more and more involved in the community, carrying out charitable functions.

Tell us more about the charity event you have planned:

It’s called Black Tie Gala “ Let’s Do it For Cancer” event on the 18th September 2015 at Bellevue Reception Bankstown from 6pm to 12 am. Hoping to raise as much fund as I could to help Cancer Council.

How can people help?

By donating some charitable items, gifts, auction items and by attending my event.
I have sold many tickets to people and by purchasing the tickets, they have supported the cause already.

Why is this cause important to you?

This cause is important to me as it touches me personally. I lost my father 2 yrs ago with Cancer and he was only 56yrs of age. I am doing this event to help raising fund to donate to cancer research to find a cure and to save lives and reduce the impact that a life lost to cancer brings to families. I’m still suffering from the loss of my father. I want to honor him and other cancer victims and the survivors of cancer by doing this.

I also want to thank my husband for supporting me with everything that I want to do .

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