Zahlee Moore’s bright and confident personality shone when she was crowned Mini Face of The Globe at Disneyland Paris in April.
The pageant is make-up free for younger entrants and focuses on character, friendships, natural beauty and social justice. Participants raise funds for the Rainbow Child Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation that helps underprivileged children around the world.
Zahlee, 7, is a Year 2 student at St Michael’s Catholic Primary Meadowbank. During the week of pageant events held in London and Paris, she was also crowned Miss Mini Fitness for being healthy and active and Miss Mini Publicity for raising awareness of Face of the Globe’s charity focus.
Getting to meet new friends and do some more modelling were the best things.
Zahlee said the pageant was a great experience and that raising money to help others had been very rewarding. She held community events including a barbecue and high tea, sold raffle tickets and sought sponsors to help raise more than $8,000 for the Rainbow Child Foundation. At the pageant she made friends from England, Scotland, Brazil and other nations.
“We had to do three interviews, charity fundraising, a speech and go out on stage and do some modelling,” Zahlee said. “Getting to meet new friends and getting to do some more modelling were the best things. We had a pyjama party at the pageant where you got to wear your pyjamas and dance and there was a photo booth, a strawberry-chocolate fountain and a lolly booth.”
In her one-minute speech, she told the audience how excited she was to be involved in the pageant before sharing information about herself and Australia.
“My favourite things to do are singing, acting and dancing,” she said. “The coolest thing I’ve done recently was act in a commercial for Nickelodeon monster high dolls. I’ve travelled to twelve different countries but Australia is my home. It’s amazing. There are many scary animals like snakes and spiders but there are also very cute animals like koalas.”
Zahlee’s mum Simone, a physiotherapist, has documented her pageant journey in a book of photos, press clippings and other information. Simone and Zahlee held their first fundraising event in November last year, and one in Melbourne so her relatives who live there could be involved.
Simone said Zahlee had grown in confidence as a result of the pageant, which she was pleased to find age-appropriate.
“They wanted the girls to be girls and to be natural,” she said. “With acting Zahlee has been lucky to be involved in a lot of different things. We just thought this would be a different type of experience for her. She has learnt a lot about charity work and public speaking. She has definitely grown.
“This year the aim is to do a bit more fundraising,” Simone said. “What goes around comes around, so when people are supportive we make sure we thank them for their help.”