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Esma Voloder – Winner of Miss Teen Australia 2009
For most young women, being crowned the nation’s newest Miss Teen Australia 2009, is one of the best Christmas gifts and most promising starts to the new year, that a girl can dream about.
The winner, 16 year old Esma Voloder, is humbly taking her newfound success in her stride. The Bosnian-born teenager, whose parents moved the family to Australia when she was just five months of age, now resides with her parents and 14 year old brother in Melbourne’s Docklands. Esma is thrilled and honoured with her victory as Australia’s young new role model to her peers, and is enthusiastic about spending quality time with her family and friends celebrating this victory as part of the holiday season.
“My family have been so wonderful during this whole process and I am extremely fortunate to have had their support and encouragement all the way,” says Esma. “Raising money and awareness for the plight of the kids from Barnados Children’s Charity and spending the week meeting the other finalists of Miss Teen Australia – going out for dinner, a harbour cruise and ten pin bowling, has really enlightened me and has brought an even greater respect for these kids and what they go through on a day to day basis.”
Esma says the excitement and achievement of winning the competition – which prides itself on finding a ‘role model, rather than a super model’, a term coined by Adpro Management Group of Double Bay, Director and Miss Teen Australia’s Marketing and Sponsorship Director, Grant Dwyer, is still sinking in, with her main joys stemming from the simple pleasures derived from being part of this unique event.
“There’s nothing more priceless than helping others. While every single person deserves the chance to have a good life, unfortunately this is not always the case. Hearing about those who have troubles is one thing, but witnessing this first hand and the way they deal with it, is a different story,” explains Esma. “Although it is heartbreaking, it humbles you, and makes you appreciate everything you take for granted. If I can work with these kids to change the life of even just one of them, then that is one of the greatest achievements I can ever hope to accomplish.”
When each of the 17 national finalists were asked to choose a random question to answer for the judges, Esma’s question was, ironically, centred on charity fundraising and the significance of benevolence and compassion towards others in the community. Her articulate response, teamed with eloquence and elegance, proved to be the winning combination for her victory.
While the next year will be a steep rollercoaster learning curve for the teenager, in terms of setting a positive role model to other young women and developing a strong, national teen identity, Esma admits her focus is to spend time with her family, continue her charity work with Barnardos Children’s Charity, to keep ahead of her studies, and take some time off after completing high school to travel abroad,
As the new ambassador for Miss Teen Australia 2009, this crowning will certainly be the ultimate stepping-stone to leverage her ambitions to escalating levels.
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Key sponsors of the event included:
Dorian Ho Designs, L’ Elegante of Double Bay, Secrets Jewellery Miranda, Italia Motori – Ferrari / Maserati, Seafolly Swimwear & Eyewear, TW Steel Watches, Le Tan, Jonathan Haircare Products USA, Captain Cook Cruises, AMF Ten Pin Bowling, Fingr’s Nails, Inmode Photography, Max’s Shoes, Double Bay Clothing Warehouse & Waterlily Jeans, Gelatissimo, Camilla, Auspirit corporate and promotional clothing, Nutrient Water, Chagall Salon, Australis, Evoke, Di Veroli Footwear, Running Bare, George’s Restaurant King Street Wharf, Gino Nalini Photography, Charles Foulsham Photography, 808s featuring Bryan B and Aladdin Royaal, Nagigia Island Resort Fiji, Meriton Apartments, and the Stamford Plaza Hotel, Double Bay.
Miss Teen Australia 2009’s winner’s prizes:
- Dressed by international designer Dorian Ho and L’Elegante for her 2009 reign.
- Secrets Jewellery
- Seafolly Swimwear and Seafolly Eyewear
- TW Steel watch
- Waterlily Jeans
- Handbag and wallet from O’Hara Designs
- Jonathan Haircare Products
- Sachi shoes from Max’s Shoes
- Australis, Evoke & Le Tan gift packs
- Yoga merchandise from Running Bare, Charles Foulsham Photography, by Inmode Photography, Bless Florist Double Bay,
- A Fing’rs gift pack, $500 cash, and the Face of Fing’rs 2009
- Overseas trip to represent Australia as the teenage ambassador of Miss Teen Australia
For further press and photo opportunities, contact:
Carolyn Koens, Media and PR Manager
Miss Teen Australia
Adpro Management Group
16B Transvaal Ave
DOUBLE BAY, NSW 2028
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