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:: Spotlight :: Model Profile - Esma Voloder (Miss World Australia candidate 2013)

By: Carmine Pascuzzi

Esma Voloder is age 21 and is from Melbourne, Victoria. She has already had extensive experience in modelling, beauty pageants, music video and television. Amongst her achievements are being chosen as Miss Teen Australia 2008 as well as winning the “Best Beach Body” category at the Miss World Australia finals 2012. She has a look adaptable for both commercial, editorial and high-end fashion. Esma is a contestant for the 2013 Miss World Australia title to be held this July.

Q. What is your family background?

A. My parents are originally from Bosnia and Herzegovina. I was born in Austria and came to Australia when I was 5 months old.

Q. Did you grow up in your early teens wanting to be in showbiz?

A. During primary school I was doing ballet and piano, and was performing concerts in both domains. I learned to love the arts and love the stage, not so much because of the associated fame, but because that is where I feel comfortable. At 16 years of age I won Miss Teen Australia which fostered the modelling/fashion work that came after. My family was and still is very supportive of my goals and achievements, I hope to use these achievements and be helpful for those wanting to pursue a career in “showbiz.” It has been very helpful to study psychology/health so that I can apply that to the hardship experienced in the industry. School/education has always been my number one priority, which is why I have decided to focus on the industry that allowed me to attribute my education in a meaningful way to “showbiz.” My early teens I always knew I wanted to be a part of pageants to travel, learn and make differences. I always saw myself down that path and was preparing myself through education and observation of the healthiest and best way to achieve these goals.

Q. What have you discovered / learnt from the modelling scene?

A. I have learned that it is whatever you make of it. The “industry” is very competitive however my focus has always been to make the most out of it and increase my profile in order to gain a voice and implement global changes for health and wellbeing to the best of my ability. I learned who I was and to be okay with it, as well as to encourage me to become a better version of myself. It taught me to become more resilient to the many judgements we face on a daily basis and to always appreciate myself.

Q. Career highlights to date?

A. Manifest role as a TV host for PeppaChanNel (online web series), Miss China Australia International Tourism Pageant first runner up 2012, World Supermodel winner 2009 and Miss Teen Australia winner 2008.

Q. Favourite hobbies?

A. My favourite hobbies are to draw (portraiture- “realistic” and “anime” style) and to play the piano. Both hobbies are for me a form of meditation; the “arts” have always been a passion of mine. I can take a part of me and place it in a drawing or hear it in the form of music.

Q. Favourite music?

A. I love music in a general sense, particularly 80’s music, instrumental (piano) slow jam/old school RNB. At the moment I am loving Julio Mazzioti’s la noche - the song is so beautiful and tells a story that I feel encapsulates a big part of my emotional life.

Q. Favourite Films?

A. Grease, The Breakfast Club, Love Actually, The Lion King, Disney, Pixar, Titanic, Romeo and Juliet (all Baz Luhrmann’s films!), The Fifth Element, The Painted Veil, About A Boy, Pretty Woman, Troy, Tristan & Isolde, The Notebook, 10 things I hate about you, Les Miserables, Anna Karenina, (All Period Drama films), Pirates of the Caribbean, Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings, The Terminator, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Truman Show, About A Boy,

Q. What is your fashion sense?

A. Feminine, soft, flirty, sweet, classic and timeless.

Q. Beauty tips?

A. Look after your skin! This means have a healthy diet (full of the appropriate vitamins), drink plenty of water, exercise (at least 20 minutes of activity a day), a good cleansing routine, stay away from “bad habits” and remove all of your make-up before you go to sleep (as well as moisturise). To look after yourself from the “inside out” is the best way to stay beautiful. This includes your personality as well as health!

Q. Advice for young girls aspiring to be models?

A. Modelling is a tough industry, so do not take it personally. If you know it is something you can achieve - go for it! However, if you do go for it, work hard and stay healthy  Never a number one priority “above all else”- your health should be the first  The most important thing is to never forget that true success and achievement comes with positive intrinsic value and happiness, so along the path of becoming a “model”, “actress” or whatever else you would like to become, always ensure that your main goal is to be a positive role model for your friends, family, those around you and yourself . I then promise you even modelling will become more rewarding. Take every success as a step forward and look at the successes within the industry as “bonuses” to your life rather than necessities.

Q. Do you think a man should treat a woman like he does his car?

A. A man should treat a woman like a woman.

Q. Favourite place visited?

A. My grandparents’ house in Bosnia in a village where my mum is from. It’s a very special house that my grandpa built, full of love and care.

Q. Do you have a role model/s?

A. My mother has always been my role model. The other role model I have is the better version of myself.

Q. People you've admired generally?

A. I have always admired my parents - as a unit. Both mum and dad are the most admirable people I have met. They possess all the qualities that two human beings of good nature should possess. I also admire Angelina Jolie’s humanitarian affiliation. There have been so many people in this world to admire for their dedication to helping those in need throughout history (Mother Theresa, Nelson Mandela and many others). I mention Angelina because “these days” she is an icon within the “showbiz” industry (who I can relate to) who has taken the attention away from her acting achievements and directed our idea of her as a woman of humanitarian orientation. To be recognised by the UNHCR as a dedicated and passionate woman helping others in need is a true honour. Her dedication is illustrated by her involvement with witness/support disaster relief, working with vulnerable children, environmental conservation, international law and justice efforts worldwide as well as working towards expanding agriculture, education, health care, vocational training, infrastructure, rural planning and microcredit programmes in rural/remote countries such as Cambodia. I see myself participating in these initiatives.

Q. What would the Miss World Australia title mean to you?

A. It means that I can implement the changes in the world in the most prosperous way of my ability. Miss World Australia is renowned for its holistic approach to finding a woman who is capable and ready to take party in global movements/initiatives to help improve the life of others. Thus, the “Beauty with a Purpose” has arisen from the title to illustrate the purpose of the winner and symbol of the crown. This focus ensures that the winner of Miss World Australia has the opportunity to be recognised as a compassionate woman working towards improving the lives of others. Although Miss World Australia is an achievement, it is not the final destination. It would be the beginning of a journey dedicated to helping those in need. Overall, this prestigious title means that I can take my passions for working in the name of psychology, health, equality and empathy, to implement the changes that ought to be a goal made by every individual globally. Miss World Australia will empower me with a voice and a title which I will use to make the changes, participate in global movements and initiatives to improve the quality of life of those in need. The title is a power tool that would mean my ability to help those in need would become more possible and the effects of the capability of my implementations will increase immensely. It also blesses you with the honour of representing your home country on an international level to be able to display the side of Australia which is characterised by humanitarian qualities.

Q. Is there a social/political issue that bothers you and what are ways to solve it?

A. I have always struggled mostly with the thought of inequality, injustice and non compassion I believe is the root of all social/political issues. The reason as to why such issues exist, I have attributed to the empathy deficit and the variations in physical, mental and spiritual health experienced on a global scale. Those higher on the socio-economic scale have the power and ability to improve the lives of others, and this mainly occurs in those who are higher on feelings of empathy for other people. There are studies to show that empathy is dying in people, and we need to reignite it by educating people and reminding them that people are in need of our help. Individuals can make a big difference, as there is no such thing as a small one when it comes to humanistic action. Ill health is what prevents happiness, education, work, community contribution, caretaking and other issues that characterise those “unfortunate.” If we ignite the empathy and focus on improving the health of people on a global scale we can start to make changes of longevity and empowerment. This I find is my main objective in winning the Miss World Australia/Miss World Title.

Q. Future ambitions?

A. My future ambitions lie in my dedication to helping those people in need, making as many possible changes as I can. So long as I am on this path I can feel that my ambitions are being fulfilled. My education has revolved around the social sciences which have acquired me with the skills and knowledge that motivate me to put them into practice and make changes. I feel that working to improve wellbeing has always been a vision of mine simultaneous with a title such as Miss World Australia, as it represents global aid through a holistic world view. Ideally I would like to work in a range of holistic domains to improve quality of life, foster good health and battle against the empathy deficit that is prevalent around the world. It may sound somewhat like the beginning of a social revolutionist with big dream - however that is what I want to be. There no longer exists thinking “too big” within an issue that requires big changes to be made, no more “someone else will” or “later”, it’s “now”. The motivation should be illustrated in a way that makes individuals feel capable of making such changes, as I feel.