When you think of beauty pageants, the first thing that comes to mind is usually entrants being judged on their swimsuits and performing their ‘talents’ for a panel of judges.
Face of Globe, however, claims to be different. Australia’s entrant to the 2016 international competition, Erin Stanfield from Queensland, says that the competition focuses on things other pageants don’t.
‘You’re judged on your journey and what you’ve done in the lead up and how you’re a role model for women rather than what you look like,’ the 27-year-old told the Sunshine Coast Daily.
In it to win it: Contestant Erin Stanfield (above) says the Face of the Globe beauty pageant isn’t judged on looks like other competitions
‘They get you in a room and test your fitness’: However the pageant includes categories where contestants are judged on their fitness and how photogenic they are
The competition allows married women and mothers to compete unlike other pageants, however all the contestants do look like models and are judged in appearance based categories.
‘For Face of the Globe there’s a Spring Fling ball where you’re presented in a ballgown. You do a one minute speech about why you should win,’ Ms Stanfield explained to Daily Mail Australia.
‘You do several interviews with different panels of judges. There’s fitness section where they get you in a room and test your fitness. You also do a photoshoot and are judged on how good the photos are.’
Contestants also have to put together an appearance portfolio, showcasing all the charity and community work they have done for the past 12 months.
Glam: The pageant also consists of speech and interview sections, as well as a ‘spring fling’ where contestants are presented in ballgowns
Veteran: Ms Stanfield has been competing in pageants for almost 10 years and is excited to attend the Face of the Globe at Disneyland Paris
‘There is a really tough stigma’: Ms Stanfield says that she doesn’t believe that beauty pageants are bad for women
Ms Stanfield, who has been competing in beauty pageants for almost 10 years, says that she doesn’t buy into the view that pageants are bad for women.
‘There is really a tough stigma that beauty pageants can be negative for women, but I’ve only had positive experiences,’ she said.
‘I truly believe I’m the confident, motivated women I am today because of pageants. Having competition makes you want to step up and be the best you can be.’
Aussie Aussie Aussie: The 26-year-old says that pageants have made her the ‘confident, motivated woman’ she is today
Purrrfect: Ms Stanfield has raised more than $1000 for charity and volunteered at a local animal shelter in preparation for the pageant
She’s prepared for the pageant by raising money for the competition’s partner charity, Rainbow Kids, and volunteering at a local animal shelter.
She said that there’s a greater focus on charity work with Face of the Globe, and that she’s raised more than $1000 in the past year.
The competition is being held at Paris Disneyland from 4 to 8 April, where Ms Stanfield will be competing against