Bella Fernandes

My ASOTY experience was filled with love, support, happiness and self-growth challenges.

Being a part of ASOTY felt like having a second family thanks to the constant support from Kal, Carla and the other girls within the sisterhood.

My whole experience was extremely professional, especially the initial stages of applying and the conduction of interviews. From the very beginning I felt ASOTY to be more than just a pageant or a modelling competition. Each mentoring session every Sunday, I learnt new techniques and tips from international models, advocates, mental health professionals and life coaches.

I have had the pleasure of applying advice from people such as Olivia Arezzolo, the Australian No.1 Sleep Expert, into my personal life as a student during stressful HSC exams. As well as professional modelling guidance from people such as Former Miss World, Esma Voloder.

Even though ASOTY was conducted online during 2021 due to Covid-19, I still felt the strength of sisterhood reiterated through the passionate Director, Kal Kalim, which inspired me to promote the message of acceptance, diversity, gratitude, kindness, love and support. ASOTY further encouraged me to utilise my platform as a model to advocate and support those who don’t have as strong of a voice, such as the homeless.

ASOTY has given me the ability to push myself out of my comfort zone, from public speaking via social media content creation, to self-reflection, resulting in much needed personal self-growth.

Kal and Carla were extraordinary during the program and I really do hope I will be able to continue working and growing alongside them, as well as the new girls every year!

Conclusively, ASOTY was a unique, valuable and special experience in every aspect, which I will no doubt cherish forever. If you want to push yourself to the next level both professionally and personally, whilst making incredible, lifelong friendships, unforgettable memories and learning along the way, then ASOTY is for you.

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