Miss Galaxy ready to start
Miss Galaxy ready to start

There's a new addition to the Australian beauty pageant scene but this one is not like the others. Miss Galaxy, which has been running internationally for more than 20 years, will have its inaugural Australian final on Sunday, where contestants will be judged not just on their looks but also on their sense of cultural understanding and charity work.

Mauritian beauty *Sandrine Captieux *, who relocated to *Perth * two years ago to study marketing and public relations, is one of three girls representing WA in the national finals in Sydney.

She said Miss Galaxy stood out to her from other pageants.

"It's different because it places a lot of emphasis on cultural appreciation," Captieux said.

"It lets anyone from different backgrounds and cultures get into the competition.

"There's a chance for everyone."

Having initially entered the competition to improve her self-esteem, the 22-year- old maintains that pageants aren't as bad as some make them out to be.

"It's true that they do get harshly criticised but at the end of the day beauty pageants build confidence," Captieux said.

"I feel really lucky to have made it this far because I never thought that, not being from Australia, I would be able to get into the nationals."

The West Australian

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