There was just three crowns up for grabs at the Australia Galaxy Pageants’ national final and a Tanilba Bay woman walked away with one of them.
Emilie Hardes, brand new to pageantry, was crowned Mrs Galaxy Australia 2017 at the final in Queensland on April 2.
“I just started crying,” Mrs Hardes said of the moment she was announced as the winner.
The mother to two small children, aged 3 and nine months, said she had more fun than she anticipated at her first ever pageant.
She said the event helped “find herself” again.
“This has really helped me bring out of my mum shell.”
Mrs Hardes was joined by her children and family, which she said was very supportive, at the pageant.
But she was not the only Port Stephens woman to take part in the national final.
Shakaia Tickle from Salamander Bay had won a wildcard into the Miss Galaxy final based on her performance at the 2016 World Championship of Performing Arts in the US.
Mrs Hardes’ sister, Gabbi Guihot, 15, also took part as a finalist in the Miss Teen Galaxy section.
Miss Guihot, in her third year of pageant participation, placed first runner up.
It was her friend Ruby Adamson, 17, from Cessnock that won the Miss Teen Galaxy Australia 2017 title.
This year was Miss Adamson’s fifth as a “Galaxy girl”.
On her pageant Facebook page, Miss Adamson posted a photo of the “exact moment” she was telling her friend – Miss Guihot – that it would be the Port Stephens teen who was going to be crowned as Miss Teen Galaxy Australia 2017.
“I was shocked when her name was called as first runner up,” Miss Adamson said.
Miss Galaxy Australia was also crowned at the 2017 national final, going to Western Australia’s Elise Nazzari.
As the Mrs Galaxy Australia 2017 title holder, Ms Hardes will now attend the international final which will be held in Orlando, Florida in June.
Mrs Hardes will fly with her family to the US and represent Australia at the international final. She will even tick off a bucket list item: go to Disneyland.
In the meantime, Ms Hardes is looking for public appearance opportunities.
Her wish was to take part in more community and charity events.
To contact Mrs Hardes, head to her pageant Facebook page: Emilie Hardes Mrs Galaxy Australia 2017.