The winners of the 2022 Mrs. Universe Australia Pageant: Mrs. Universe Australia - Nikka Marcial Mrs. Universe Australia Tourism - Linh Bui Mrs. Universe Australia Humanity - Casey Nato Mrs. Universe Australia Charity - Sophia Sarkis
Congratulations to the newly crowned title holders!
special thanks: Marites Idea Novis and Joanne Ialacci Rahn
Nine remarkable women, all hailing from Sydney and Melbourne, are vying for the title of Mrs Universe Australia 2022 - a pageant on a ‘quest to discover the world’s most outstanding married (or divorced) woman who wants to leave a mark on the world’.
From a diverse range of backgrounds and cultures, each candidate has their own moving story to tell that is sure to inspire and melt the hearts of all Australiansa
Special guests who will be in attendance on the evening include: 1. Lynda Jane Voltz Auburn - MP, NSW Parliament 2. Remy Wehbe (& Linda Wehbe) - General Manager, Oz Arab Media 3. Paul Reid 4. Deputy Mayor Clare Raffen - Canterbury Bankstown 5. Jesse Diaz of Diaz & Diaz Lawyers 6. Consul Melanie Diano - Philippine Consulate
The VIP panel of judges include: 1. Ruffa Gutierrez - Filipino Actress and former Miss world Philippines 1993 & Miss World International First Princess 2. Gabby Concepcion - Filipino Actor 3. Carol Ferrone - Australian TV and Media Personality 4. Chico Estiva - International Filipino Designer 5. Shaun Yemini - Seacret Direct 6. Abigial Sweeney - Coral Homes 7. Nissy Nassif - CEO and Director, Wiping Tears Charitable Foundation Direct 8. Vince Borja - Filipino Couture Designer 9. Ryan Diaz
Meet Marites Idea Novis, the woman of the hour who walks the talk with wit, grace, glamour, and passion. She is the mind behind four powerhouse organizations who are headlining on each of its respective fields: Qfirst Property Investment Group (Real Estate), MFN Productions (Show and events Productions), MNOVIS (Women’s Fashion), and Mrs. Universe Australia (pageantry) .
Qfirst Property Investment Group, the real estate she founded, has remained on top of its game by providing top notch services in providing its clients the ability to settle on the best property. Because of this, Qfirst Property Investment Group has continuously remained as one of the most successful emerging real estate firms on nearly every financial metric that counts in Sydney Australia.
Aside from Real Estate business, our woman of the hour also ventures on the entertainment side by producing and sponsoring shows. In fact, she is the Founder of MFN Productions, the team behind some of Australia’s most notable fashion shows and events that featured Hollywood and International Fashion Designer Rocky Gathercole, co-produced Ms. World Australia in 2019, and produced QFIRST HOMES LAUNCH: FASHION 2020 at The Royal Randwick.
Now on its fourth show, Mrs. Universe Australia, which will be held on the 21st of October 2022, at Doltone House Jones Bay Wharf, Marites Novis, as the Mrs. Universe Australia’s current Pageant Director, along with the whole team of MFN Productions are set on a quest to discover the world’s ‘most outstanding married woman looking to make a difference and leave a mark on the world’.
And being the unstoppable entrepreneur that she is, she has also recently launched her very own clothing line ‘MNOVIS’, a Sydney-based store that caters to all the fashion needs of women, different occasions, and for all seasons. She has also acquired an Australia-based franchise of the two of the most in-demand Women Apparel brands ‘Plains & Prints’ and ‘Kamiseta’. An inspiration woman for women, indeed. These two frontrow brands will be featured on the runway during the Mrs. Universe Australia pageant night.
Marites Novis, with a force of more than a decade of experiences and obtained skills, was recognized in several award-giving bodies such as Forbes, giving her the title of ‘Outstanding Woman of Style & Businesswoman of the Year’ and was documented by several publications such as ‘Behind the Brands’ and F magazine.
In September 2020, Marites added another feather to her hat as she bagged the ‘Business Person of the Year’ at the same year’s Blacktown Business Awards. It was double the honor as Qfirst Property Investment Group also took home the ‘Outstanding Real Estate Agency’.
Just recently, August 2021, another accolade was added under Marites’ name as she was celebrated as the Filipino-Australian Achiever Awardee by the Philippine Community Council of New South Wales during the 2021 FILCCA National Awards.
Be it in the real estate industry or in the show production fashion scene, she is one true force to be reckoned with. The mind behind Qfirst Property Investment Group, MFN Productions, Mrs. Universe Australia, and MNOVIS Clothing line, she is Marites Novis.
MRS. UNIVERSE CANDIDATE BIO
Erica T. Hanna
Address: Ballarat, VIC BIO: Erica is a proud mother to an active toddler and a well-rounded professional international model, having worked as a former independent film and TV commercial actress. Erica has taken the fashion and film industry in both Australia and the Philippines by storm, extending her skills with fashion creatives in Singapore also. Erica also has a sincere and dedicated passion for her children’s entertainment business, Royal Fairytales - Ballarat Fairytale Parties and Kids Entertainment, where she is able to share her creative flare and performs as Disney-inspired princesses. A venture that has blossomed through her unmatched acting skills and gone on to inspire many families. Not only does Erica run her own business, she is also an alumni of the pioneer batch of Master of Creative Arts graduates from Deakin University in Melbourne. Erica is an advocate for both individuals and families suffering from domestic violence, illnesses and poverty, extending her benevolence to struggling artists and creatives who are wanting to discover their full potential.
· Nikita Bhatt
BIO: Nikita is a driven candidate who enjoys spending time with her loving family, including her gorgeous daughter, socialising, swimming and dancing, and Nikita notes that any spare time she gets, she spends by the water on the beach. Nikita is a highly driven professional with eight years of experience in Healthcare. Nikita is a true believer in positive influence and strives to make a meaningful difference in her community. True to her earth sign Virgo, Nikita is compassionate, loyal, analytical, kind and hardworking with a deep sense of humanity. She supports a noble charity called Streethearts . community help. The charity is a group of people from diverse backgrounds concerned for the health and welfare of members of the community, struggling with isolation due to homelessness, mental illness, loneliness and poverty, unemployment, substance abuse, relationship breakdowns, victims of violence and domestic violence, and abandonment. Being at the centre of Nikita’s community passion, she fundraises and volunteers her time and resources to a noble charity to help those in the community who have fallen on hard times.
Ghia Larela Man
Address: Blacktown, NSW BIO:
Ghia is a motivated candidate who is a full time Executive Assistant at Commonwealth Bank of Australia. Ghia is an entrepreneur, advocate and above all else - a Supermum. This fierce woman has a son diagnosed with Autism Apectrum Disorder (ASD) and is challenging herself to achieve more for her family whilst also pursuing her own personal goals and dreams. She is experienced in pageants and even dabbled in modelling during her university days. She joins us on her pageant journey to take the opportunity to raise awareness about the wide range of disabilities that people may experience, often suffering in silence and foregoing seeking treatment for their conditions due to stigma. Ghia hopes that with community support, we can make a big difference, touch the lives of others in a positive way and also enrich our society by accepting the wonderful differences that we all have.
· Thi Tu Linh Bui Address: Braybrook, Melbourne
BIO: Thi Tu Linh Bui is a Melbourne based Beautician & Trainer who loves travelling, singing, dancing and anything beauty related. Linh Bui has decided to compete in Mrs Universe Australia as she always strives to challenge herself and escape her comfort zone. This is the first time that she has entered a competition such as this so she views the whole experience as a valuable learning curve. Linh Bui considers it to be an incredible honour to be the face and voice of the Mrs Universe Australia brand, and with this great honour comes a great responsibility of inspiring and empowering women everywhere. She believes women are created to be feminine yet firm, vulnerable yet valiant. If crowned Mrs Universe Australia, she intends to spread the message that every woman deserves to be loved and be successful. If crowned Mrs Universe Australia, Linh Bui wants to show the world that her confidence defines who she is, not her looks, wealth, or upbringing nor her flaws. She believes high self-esteem is the sexiest accessory a modern woman can carry.
Address: Bexley, NSW
BIO: Nikka is a loving Mother, a happy wife, an advocate and a woman of faith. This 34-year-old career woman holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and is currently employed as a full-time document controller/quality assurance officer for a leading engineering consultancy firm. She is also a certified real estate consultant and investor.
Nikka is not new to beauty pageants - she holds the title of Miss Puerto Princesa City 2005 and was crowned Mutya ng Palawan 2006. In her younger years, she was into runway modeling and fashion endorsement.
From a young age, Nikka has been an advocate for accessible education for everyone. She and her family have donated their time and resources to different charity organisations, including The Lingap Pangarap ng mga Paslit Foundation, for almost 10 years. Disadvantaged families and children have been assisted with proper resources, livelihood, education and health assistance.
This has made Nikka's life mission -- to provide guiding principles for the future generation, and to give back to the community.
A busy career woman, juggling among her own business, looking after her family and working full time, Nikka enjoys making gourmet desserts for her loved ones in her spare time. She also indulges in event styling as a way to express her creativity beautifully with passion.
A Mum and an entrepreneur, Casey considers her daughters, Louisa and Luis as her greatest blessings. She loves spending quality time with her family - getting outdoors and living life to the max.
Casey started joining beauty pageants in her teens - and has modelled on the catwalk for many acclaimed Filipino designers. She also participated in Filipino teleserye as an artist in Magkaribal and Banana Split to name a few.
Casey is the reigning Face of Australia Melbourne Flores De Mayo 2021.
She is a volunteer/active member of I.M.B.A (Ikaw.Muna.Bago.Ako), an organisation reaching out yearly during the Christmas season to share joy, gifts and love to Children Living with HIV, Dumagat Tribe, Tahanang Walang Hagdan. Casey's plan is to reach out to other mothers and women to encourage them to develop positive feelings about their own bodies and in turn, be a role model for our children, with a platform of “I can do more”.
She commits to being a resource that all women can share a connection with. Casey is so excited to be part of the amazing Mrs Universe Australia organisation and pageant.
Casey considers it a blessing to be able to connect with so many inspirational women!
Address: Sydney, New South Wales Chantelle is a Community Engagement Officer at the NSW State Emergency Services & STEM Educator for Indigenous Australian communities.
Volunteering is her main hobby and ultimate passion. Throughout the past couple of years, she has donated over 2500 hours of her time to various Australian charities.
She has also enjoyed participating in modelling and pageantry over the past decade.
Chantelle enjoys challenging herself and growing from her experiences, she sees the Mrs Universe Australia competition as the ultimate challenge for her as she is able to confront some of her biggest fears whilst simultaneously working toward one of her personal goals of competing in the prestigious Mrs Universe Australia pageant.
Chantelle is also the first Aboriginal woman to compete within this system and so she wishes to share her absolute best self, her admiration for culture, her passion for self-growth and also to create lifelong friendships with extraordinary, strong and inspirational women.
Her greatest goal is to participate within the Mrs Universe Official competition to represent her Indigenous culture on an International platform.
Chantelle feels that she is the ultimate example of a modern woman – she has excelled within her career and fields of study (including being voted as one of the Top 25 Australians contributing to Social Impact in the annual Pro Bono Australia Impact! Awards).
She is a proud mother and wife, and continuously challenges herself by facing her public speaking fears as an Event MC and also within the emergency services where she regularly faces her fears to achieve a greater goal and safety for her community.
Cindy Ha Nguyen
Candidates: Five Dock NSW Sydney
Cindy Ha Nguyen is a proud mum, keen sportswoman, volunteer and career woman living in Petersham, Sydney. Cindy has more than 18 years’ experience in property management and a proven sales record globally. Cindy's background is Vietnamese, and she speaks fluent Vietnamese and English.
She is committed to helping those who are disadvantaged in her hometown and has done so since graduating from high school in 2003 until the present day.
Cindy loves yoga, ballroom dancing and all other sport activities with her boys, David and Brian.
Cindy is new to the world of pageantry and has chosen to challenge herself by joining the Mrs Universe Australia 2022 pageant.
She is excited to make friends and learn from all of the inspirational women from all over Australia who are competing in the pageant.
Cindy is looking forward to sharing her passion for self-growth, positivity, charity work and creating lifelong friendships. · Sophia Sarkis Sophia is a Mother, business owner and human rights advocate.
She was born in Myanmar and came to Australia 28 years ago. Sophia has been married 18 years and has three children. Her and her husband are also the proud owners and operators of RJS Aluminium. She is also very passionate about community work, and has hosted events raising funds for National Breast Cancer Foundation, The Children's Hospital at Westmead and the Ronald McDonald House Charities Australia. In December 2021, Sophia hosted a black-tie gala dinner which raised more than $150,000 for Humanitarian Assistance and medical aid for the people of Myanmar.
Sydney real estate and fashion identity takes reins of Mrs Universe Australia pageantA Sydney-based real estate and fashion identity has taken over the reins as Australian director of Mrs Universe Australia – a pageant on a ‘quest to discover the world’s most outstanding married woman who wants to leave a mark on the world’.
Marites Novis, a serial entrepreneur committed to bridging the gap between property and fashion, has been appointed the new director of Mrs Universe Australia 2022/23 by pageant owner and identity, Maryrose Salubre.
“The Mrs Universe pageant is the perfect combination of fashion, modelling and pageantry – it’s time for Australia to take the world stage!,” said Ms Novis.
Ms Novis intends to revolutionise and grow the Mrs Universe pageant to never before seen heights as she takes over as director.
“I intend for Mrs Universe to set a new standard for pageantry in Australia,” said Ms Novis. “I was drawn to the ethos of the Mrs Universe pageant system - to empower, engage and inspire women of all cultures and backgrounds.
“The pageant aims to build the self-confidence of entrants whose goal is to become global ambassadors and inspire change in the world.”
Ms Novis, founder and CEO of Qfirst Property Investment Group, capitalised on her love of the fashion industry by establishing MFN Productions in 2018, a specialist production company responsible for producing and sponsoring some of Australia’s most notable fashion shows and events including two spectacular fashion showcases featuring the late internationally-renowned, avant-garde fashion designer to the stars, Rocky Gathercole.
“I wanted to give an international platform to hard-working and talented Filipino artists who deserve to be acknowledged and celebrated internationally,” said Ms Novis.
With the events industry coming to a grinding halt due to Covid, Ms Novis, eager to continue waving the flag of the Philippines both in Australia and worldwide, decided to pivot and adapt by reaching out to two of her favourite Filipino fashion brands.
In December last year, Ms Novis acquired the local distribution rights of well-established Filipino ladies’ designer fashion labels, Plains & Prints and Kamiseta, and launched MNOVIS, a new fashion and homewares emporium at Westpoint Shopping Centre in Blacktown. A second MNOVIS bricks-and-mortar outlet opened at Castle Towers Shopping Centre in Castle Hill in June this year.
“As a Filipino with a love of fashion, I decided to franchise the well-known Filipino brands Plains & Prints and Kamiseta in the Australian market,” said Ms Novis.
“This has allowed me to help keep jobs for fellow Filipinos, and create more jobs here in Australia.” Not one to shy away from a challenge, Ms Novis will also be stocking her own eponymous label at MNOVIS - a collection of ladies fashion for everyday wear, smart/casual and corporate.
Migrating to Australia from the Philippines in 2007, Ms Novis welcomes the challenge of her new appointment after having conquered the ultra-competitive male-dominated real estate industry as a female who is also culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD).
“I've always been driven to thrive in the real estate and fashion industries, but just like any other fields requiring motivation, commitment and a strong heart, I've encountered countless challenges,” said Ms Novis.
“I believe that whatever you’ve set your mind to, you most likely will achieve through the power of dreaming, working hard, and knowing your purpose.”
special thanks: Sandhya Dusk Nand and Jannike Seiuli
ASEAN Fashion Designers Showcase making Fashion waves in Indonesia NEW website photography credit : Dul, Breaker Creative special thanks; Neva Weber of Dressed AU and Hayden Ng of ASEAN Fashion Designers Showcase MUAH: LT PRO OFIICIAL On October 27-30th, ASEAN Fashion Designers Showcase was invited to showcase in the 5th Malang Fashion Week 2022, Malang, Indonesia. Malang Fashion Week is one of the largest fashion events in the Archipelago of Indonesia supported by the Indonesian Fashion Chamber.
Hayden Ng, Premier founder of ASEAN Fashion Designers Showcase and Singaporean fashion designer was invited as a guest designer to showcase his latest Ready-To-Wear collection aptly called Flame of The Forest. Malang Fashion Week is a creative economy platform for local, national Indonesian and international Fashion Designers alike. This year's theme was “Valiant”, showcasing 276 national and international fashion designers while unequivocally was a grand fashion week production. AFDS Regional Partner LT Pro, was the Hair and Makeup partner for Malang Fashion Week, creating some dramatic Runway looks for more than 120 models.
“As the Premier Founder of AFDS, I was invited to be the guest designer to close Malang Fashion Week. It was indeed a great honour for AFDS to be there at their 5th showcase that hosted 276 fashion designers from all over the country. Malang Fashion Week was not only a fashion event that showcased fashion from kidswear to modest wear, it aspires to also be an opportunity to boost the SMEs in Malang, especially post pandemic. Indonesia has always been one of the supportive nations in AFDS’s line up of countries and in the near future, AFDS will definitely look forward to supporting Malang Fashion Week with our talented designers from all over Asean. Malang Fashion Week is an amazing production of great quality and is definitely one that is slotted in for our tour calendar” says Hayden Ng, AFDS Premier Founder.
AFDS was developed to raise awareness and appreciation for the unique style and diversity in the Asean region while promoting greater cross-cultural and creative collaboration. Growing mainstream regional awareness for fashion designers and models while nurturing up-and-coming, local fashion designers and models.
For further information, imagery, photo shoots, interviews or media enquiries Neva Weber of Dressed AU PR, International PR & Media Director for AFDS & AIFW