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:: Spotlight :: Miss World Australia partners with noted fashion designers

By: Carmine Pascuzzi

**Miss World Australia chooses Cinema Haute Couture daywear**

Cinema Haute Couture, the International design house, was announced as the official daywear provider of Miss World Australia 2006, Sabrina Houssami.

Cinema Haute Couture is internationally familiar with the pageant circuit as it has dressed the entire Miss World Greece pageant in 2005. In Australia however, the alignment has come through Janssen Cosmeceutical, the exclusive skin care range used by Miss World Australia.

Sabrina is excited saying she absolutely adores the unique built-in-bra found in all the Cinema Haute Couture garments and feels privileged to be sharing the same wardrobe as Hollywood celebrity Catherine Zeta Jones, who also wears the label. She said, “I feel extremely fortunate to be wearing beautiful clothing. Not every girl gets the opportunity to be professionally styled in one-off garments and consulted on the best quality skin care that makes me look and feel like star quality all day long.”

Sabrina Houssami, Miss World Australia 2006 will represent Australia in Poland where she will compete against 120 other countries in September of this year.

Cinema Haute Couture’s ready-to-wear collection is available both at Crown Towers and at their Templestowe avant-garde studio by appointment, call (03) 9841 8166.
For further information on Janssen skin care visit the website

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**Miss World Australia chooses Marajoara swimwear**

Swimwear Designers MaraJoara and their new Sydney-based Publicity and Creative Agency, Blue Pedal have kicked off the financial year with an exclusive Strategic Alliance with the Miss World Australia Competition.

Following MaraJoara's “Girl from Ipanema” Sportsgirl launch in 2005, MaraJoara shocked the world audience at Mercedes Australia Fashion Week, only one week before the bikini's 60th birthday, to the drum of contradictory tales of the women of the ancient Marajo Tribe emerging from the Jungle in 400AD wearing tangas.

Followed closely behind was a mix of their very own models delivering to the market three new trends that offered something for every personality - Sassy, Sinful and Sophisticated.

2006 Miss World Australia, Sabrina Houssami, has chosen MaraJoara's Nautica Sophistication range, based on stylish and feminine silhouettes including a stylish maillot and classic halter bikini. Only the highest quality natural embellishments and mother of pearl and semi precious stone hand beading have been used which add visual aesthetics to theses classic patterns. Sabrina will represent Australia wearing MaraJoara Exclusives designed in pure blocks of branco white, rich chocolate marrom brown, and pure preto black.

Teaming these with Bamboo Chutney necklace, Tristan Blair heels, How.U.C.Me Handbags and Celine Victoria hats, Sabrina will soon herself strike a pose for total nautica sophistication for her swimsuit section in anticipation of the month long competition to be staged in Poland in September.

Sabrina comments,“After reviewing the swimwear in the Australian market, my decision to choose MaraJoara's range was based not just on the couture quality of their garments, the perfection of the fit and the total styling for elegance and chic, but also on the MaraJoara teams values. MaraJoara is a team of young, dynamic executives with a stable of philanthropic companies who not only design for the benefit of their customers and their people, but also give back to the communities they reside in.”

Miss World has grown into a huge event with entrants from more than 110 countries, and watched by a TV audience of nearly 2.8 billion. Its enduring popularity has allowed Miss World to become involved in activities that can make a real difference to people's lives.

Together in 2006 MaraJoara, Blue Pedal and Miss World Australia will “Viva a Vida” as they raise money for the many various charities they are both involved in, including Sabrina's main charity - Life Education Australia, as well as the Carabez Alliance, Variety the Childrens charity, Red Cross, Astara Angels and the National Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

The winner of Miss World will be announced on September 30, 2006.

MaraJoara is stocked here in Denison Street Manly. International Lifestyles is an exclusive boutique that offers a personalised stylist experience for their clients. They have exquisite one offs from around the world available in store and stock many of Australia's most prestigous designers. Its where the general public have access to Designer couture.

For mjore on Marajoara, check here

Pictured -
1. MaraJoara at Sydney's Australian Fashion Week (designers Leesa and Hamish, and model)
2 & 3. Marajoara designs that Sabrina Houssami will wear as the 2006 Miss World Australia contestant. The ‘Audrey’ white beach hat is by Celine Victoria

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**Miss World Australia chooses Australian Designer Natasha Iwanov’s handbags**

Designer and founder of how.u.c.me handbags, Natasha Iwanov is excited about the success of their unique designer handbag label and is thrilled to be in alliance with the ‘Miss World’ Competition.

The 2006 Miss World Australia, Sabrina Houssami, has selected how.u.c.me handbags, based on luxurious pieces in quality leathers combining exclusive embossed skins and creative trims. Sabrina will represent Australia carrying how.u.c.me handbags, carry bags and travel pieces for all her occasions and events.

How.u.c.me Summer 07 made a huge statement at the Source at Mercedes Australia Fashion Week in April 2006 and is set for great achievements for the future. Sabrina’s comments, “I chose how.u.c.me handbags because they are stylish, fun and sophisticated. How.u.c.me makes me feel beautiful.”

To what does Natasha owe her success, “how.u.c.me handbags do not reflect an age, they reflect a personality!” she says with a huge smile.

Teamed with MaraJoara Swimwear, Bamboo Chutney Accessories, Tristan Blair heels, and Celine Victoria hats, Sabrina will pose for Swimsuit sophistication wearing during the month long competition staged in Poland in September.

Pauline McFetridge, Chairman, Miss World Australia Holdings, is delighted to have “how.u.c.me” on board for this great event: “Not only will Miss World Australia 2006 have the pleasure of these Handbags, the entire Miss World Australia management team, women and men will all don sophisticated leather how.u.c.me laptop cases throughout the year.”

For more on how u c me check here

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Miss World Australia chooses Di Kennedy Cosmetics

Miss World Australia, Sabrina Houssami, has teamed up with Di Kennedy, the creative force behind Di Kennedy Studio Cosmetics, to redefine perceptions of Australian beauty. A relative newcomer in the beauty industry, Di Kennedy's range has been developed by the classically trained painter/artist Di, to cater to women of all ages and skin tones.

Di Kennedy Cosmetics is the exclusive make up supplier and artist for the Miss World Australia Competition for 2006.

The core values and creativity behind Di Kennedy Cosmetics, as well as Di's expertise as an artist, were the main reason for the sponsorship choice by Sabrina Houssami, Miss World Australia 2006. Di Kennedy Cosmetics aims to be reflective of the cultural diversity of the Australian market, as well as catering women of all ages.

Sabrina using the Di Kennedy Cosmetics blush brush she will take along with her other items to Poland

Photography by Michael Kennedy. Make-up by Di Kennedy.

For more information, visit

www.missworldaustralia.com.au