‘Legally Blonde’ Monique Sawyer invited to compete in international pageant

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Monique Sawyer at the Australia Galaxy Pageant’s photoshoot.
Camera IconMonique Sawyer at the Australia Galaxy Pageant’s photoshoot. Credit: GZee Pix

WA’s own “Legally Blonde” has been invited to compete in an international pageant after wowing judges with her beauty, brains and heart on a pageant stage earlier this year.

Monique Sawyer, who has family ties to the Goldfields region, was named first runner-up at in the Mrs Galaxy Australia pageant and has been invited to compete internationally in Orlando at the International Ms Pageant as Mrs Western Australia.

The mother-of-two, lawyer and award-winning pageant queen can now add even more accomplishments to her bag, having been awarded Best in Interview and Miss Charity at the Australia Galaxy Pageants national final.

Having placed second runner-up in last year’s pageant and winning awards in best evening gown, people’s choice and most photogenic, Monique is no stranger to the pageant stage and says she has no plans to walk away from the pageantry world.

She said it felt like she had returned home when she hit the stage again earlier this year.

“I loved being on the pageant stage again,” she said.

“For me, being on stage is more than a feeling, it’s a culmination and celebration of my body of work.

“That being my philanthropic endeavours, volunteering and fundraising for various charities and the sharing of my story of triumph over adversity as a teenage mother to empowered woman that serves as a testament to the importance of never giving up on your dreams to achieve your goals.

“As a wife and mother, I am extremely excited for this next chapter and to be competing in a pageant system that is family-friendly, celebrates and empowers women of elegance.”

Dubbing herself WA’s Legally Blonde due to her similarities with the film’s Elle Woods, Monique said she loved being able to help break stigmas surrounding beauty and brains in women.

“Pageantry is something that is often misunderstood,” she said.

“However, from my experience I believe that pageantry can provide an empowering experience and a platform to amplify causes that are important to us.

“That’s something quite unique within itself.”

In a twist of fate, Monique was competing for the title of Mrs Galaxy Australia alongside Eleni Selleck – who also holds a law degree – in the top two.

“I felt a sense of accomplishment when I was named first runner-up, however, the focus of that moment then shifted towards our newly crowned Queen, Mrs Selleck,” she said.

“As a proud ambassador for Fostering Hope Australia Inc, a charity dear to my heart, I could not be more thrilled for Mrs Selleck, a remarkable woman and former foster child.

“I am genuinely delighted for her and excited to watch her reign as Mrs Galaxy Australia 2024.”

While placing first runner-up was a definite highlight of the pageant, Monique said her favourite part was the Eco Fashion competition, in which she wore a sentimental outfit created using her wedding veil with tulle made from recycled water bottles, and a corporate dress she wore whilst working as a lawyer.

If she wins the crown at the International Ms Pageant, Monique said she planned to donate the US$2500 grant to further the cause of Fostering Hope Australia, a charity that provides essential items and services to children living in foster care and out of home care all over WA, including Kalgoorlie-Boulder.

“The true winners are the lives that positively get impacted by our pageantry,” she said.

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