Emily Egan - Miss Galaxy Australia
Q1) Tell us a little about yourself!
Hello Courageous Ladies! My name is Emily Egan, I am a model and the Author and Artistic Director of The Rose Room Canberra (my fashion, events and lifestyle blog). As well as this, I am also studying a Bachelor of Communications in public affairs at the University of Canberra and am currently ACTs representative in Miss Galaxy Australia.
Q2) Tell us about what you do, and why you do it!
As a model and blogger, one of my biggest passions is showcasing the wonderful creative work that happens here in the ACT. I am an extremely strong and passionate advocate for my local community and its people! I am also extremely passionate about philanthropic work as a proud ambassador for the following charities: Make-A-Wish Australia, Variety ACT and Lifeline. Helping others is what sets my soul on fire and the reason I started my blog and pageantry was to be able to share the work of local creatives and my community with the rest of Australia! I am truly happiest when I am doing something that benefits my community and its people!
Q3) What makes you feel courageous?
The best thing about courage is that it is a spectrum and it means something different to everyone. For some, courage is conquering the world and for others, true courage can simply mean speaking up for yourself in a difficult situation. I applaud women for being courageous in their own individual way, whatever that may look like. For me, I feel courageous when I take risks and step outside of my comfort zone. In entering pageantry and modelling I have often been criticised due to the negative stereotypes sometimes surrounded with the industry, however I feel courageous as I am using the platform to empower women and young girls and help charities close to my heart. I feel courageous when I challenge stereotypes and help women and young girls to be the best version of themselves. I choose to ignore the haters to help others and will always put women and mental health at the forefront of my mission. A quote I love which really summarises this is from Emma Watson who says: “If not now, when? If not me, who?". I am really trying to live by this mantra with my goals for 2019 simply being: confidence, gratitude and purpose.
Q4) What is one thing you wish you could tell your 16-year-old self?
I would tell her that everything is going to be okay. That all of the lessons will one day make sense and that you need to take care of yourself. You only have one vessel to carry yourself through life and it is so important to treat yourself with kindness and love. Oh and that you turn out to be a BOSS LADY!
Q5) What is one piece of advice you can give a fellow lady who might be lacking courage?
I would tell her that it is okay to be vulnerable and its okay to be a little unsure of yourself, courage takes time! I would say that courage is a scale and I would suggest to try and take baby steps and be courageous in small ways, maybe it’s stepping out of your comfort zone this week and trying a new sport or dance class. Maybe it’s asking one of your colleagues for a coffee or buying that bomb outfit and celebrating yourself! I would suggest taking inspiration from incredible women around you and doing something that feeds your soul. You will be amazed how much your confidence soars when you are doing what you love and helping others. Most importantly, courage comes from within, so I would tell that lady how beautiful she is and encourage her to celebrate herself.