The winner of the model contest ‘Miss Multiverse Australia’ and its Reality TV Show ‘I Am Multiverse – AU’ have been announced last night after a glamorous awards night, held at the Sydney Aquarium.
Gabrielle Keaton (NSW) was announced the winner of this year’s contest and Season One of the TV Show. She will now represent Australia at the World Contest and TV Show in the Dominican Republic in November.
Miss Multiverse Australia / I Am Multiverse AU is a mix between ‘Next Top Model’, ‘The Apprentice’ and ‘Survivor’. The show is looking for ladies who are multi-faceted, strong, successful with good physical, emotional and social intelligence.
Starting with 700 applications, and narrowing it down to 50 finalists, contestants had to survive rigorous challenges and tests. Those contestants who stood out and demonstrated exceptional qualities were chosen as the Top 10 who will fight it out for the winning title – mentally, physically, emotionally and socially.
Testing spans over a period of months where girls are given pre-regional-challenges, followed by the Regional and National Finals. Girls did challenges such as upside down abseiling, flying trapeze, ice skating, cooking challenge, escape hunt, skypeak, photoshoots and much more.
Gabrielle displayed qualities of great business skills, fitness and beauty. She stood out from other contestants throughout the competition and was a hands down winner.
“I am just a girl from the country that loves food” says Gabrielle after being asked how she feels about winning.
The runner up was Sheralyn Hill from Victoria and the second runner up was Joie Serrano form Queensland. Joie and Sheralyn’s scores were very close and both displayed wonderful qualities and beauty.
The Awards Night was uniquely held at the Sydney Aquarium in Darling Harbour and provided a beautiful and unique backdrop.
Over the next few months the National Director, Yolandi Franken, will work closely with Gabrielle Keaton to prepare her for the world finals. The focus will be fitness and endurance so that she is physically prepared for the physical tests at the world finals. They will also perfect her photographic and catwalk skills as well as mental preparation.
It was a very successful year for Miss Multiverse Australia and had fantastic sponsors such as Sealife Aquarium, Quest Macquarie Park, Moet and Chandon, Captain Cook Cruises, GoCatch, Woolworths Marsfield, Pure Fine Foods, MiWater, Vitamin by Sonalika, StarCentral Managzine, Green Frog Adventures, Urban Quest in Melbourne, The Port in Darling Harbour, Status Anxiety, Kapow Teeth Whitening, Kingpin Strathfield, Isabella Jewellery, Hair & Beauty Expo, Cirque Espace, AHC, Bondi Pizza, Stylish Pics, Macquarie Ice Skating, Escape Hunt, Skypeak, Go Bananas.
After six months of auditions, tests and eliminations, Miss Multiverse Australia found their top ten contestants who will go through to the National Finals in August.
The search is on for Australia’s most multifaceted model that is not only beautiful on the outside but has a good education, interpersonal skills, social skills, emotional intelligence, catwalk and photographic skills and is also fit and healthy.
With over 700 applications, only 50 ladies were accepted as Regional Finalists. The Regional Finals were held in Perth, Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney over the month of June when 30 more contestants were disqualified or eliminated, leaving 20 ladies in the run for the National Finals.
The last month seen many tears, jealousy and sadness but even more triumphs, laugher and happiness. Not all eliminated and disqualified contestants were happy with the decision but some accept their fate with grace.
“This is a competition, and even though it is extremely hard for me to say goodbye to contestants, we all know that there can only be one winner and I will need to do this 49 more times” says Yolandi Franken, National Director.
The top twenty contestants had to spend the past week on the edge of their seats in anticipation for the big announcement of who will be the Miss Multiverse Australia National Finalists.
Miss Multiverse Australia is a new reality TV show that is launching in Australia this year after great success in America and South America over the last few years. The Australian team needs to ensure that the Australian representative is the best of the best, has all the skills that is required and has a very good change of bringing home the world title.
During the Regional Finals, contestants were tested on all levels ranging from physical, mental, social, leadership, teamwork, IQ, sportsmanship and much more.
All regional events started with a formal interview, IQ test and general knowledge test, followed a swimwear catwalk test and a fun group activity.
Contestants were in shock when learning that they were required to do the tests and there was a sharp rise in anxiety and a drop in confidence. The organisers were very pleased to learn that all the contestants did fairly well, with a few scoring exceptionally well.
“It is important that contestants realise that we are looking for models with a wide variety of other skills and attributes” says National Director, Yolandi Franken.
The group activity in Perth was a Flying Trapeze Lesson at Cirque Espace, in Brisbane it was rock climbing and upside down abseiling organised by Green Frog Adventures, in Melbourne an Urban Race (Amazing Race Style) through the streets of Melbourne by Urban Quest and in Sydney it was bowling at Kingpin in Strathfield and a lesson in Australian war-history by the Secretary of the RSL concord veteran group.
Yolandi Franken says that the strongest group was the VIC group with six of the ten National Finalists being from there and Sydney only brought two contestants to the table.
Being a reality TV show that looks at all aspects of the contestants, everyone around them took note of their behaviour and gave notes, however it was the main guest judges whose opinions carried the most weight. Anthony Rice from iModelFashion magazine, Dean Marzolla from Aussie Elite Group, Sonalika Pradhan and Vishwajeet Pradhan from the label, Vitamin and National Director, Yolandi Franken.
The Miss Multiverse Australia National Finalists 2017 are:
Ashton Hayden (VIC), Dana Trebar (NSW), Gabrielle Keaton (NSW), Grace Hann (VIC), Jessica-Lee Murphy (VIC), Karli McGunigle (QLD), Shanelle Chase (VIC), Sheralyn Hill (VIC), Stephanie Bridger (VIC), Joei Serrano (QLD).
Model-contest style Reality TV Show, “I Am Multiverse – AU” will be teaming up with dLux at this year’s edition of sARTorial – VIVID SYDNEY on the 10th of June 2017.
Regional Finalists of this year’s ‘I Am Multiverse AU’ will work with the fashion designers and technology experts on a show like none other.
dLux is presenting sARTorial on 10 June as part of Vivid Ideas 2017 at The Connection, Rhodes in partnership with City of Canada Bay Council. This exciting initiative explores the relationship between fashion, art and technology in a part run-way, part performance-art exhibition. There will be interactive elements to explore and the opportunity to get up close with the futuristic garments and accessories that have been designed by collaborative teams of artists, designers, and technophiles. With a live DJ and a bar this is the most original party Sydney has ever seen!”
“We are so excited about having our models part of such a fantastic initiative. Miss Multiverse girls are modern and multifaceted with good education and an interest in technology. When we discovered sARTorial we could not believe how perfectly they represent what we stand for”, says Producer and National Director, Yolandi Franken.
dLux MediaArts is one of Australia’s key screen and media arts organisations, committed to supporting the development, engagement and experience of contemporary screen and digital media culture. dLux aims to develop partnerships which contribute to new opportunities for digital media practitioners in their local contexts through linking technologies and communities especially in remote and disadvantaged communities.
‘I Am Multiverse – AU’ is the TV Show of the model contest ‘Miss Multiverse – AU’ of which the international version has been going to air for the past few years in America and South America.
The show follows girls from across Australia on their journey to the crown. Through mental, physical and emotional challenges girls will be eliminated until only one winner is selected to represent Australia at the world finals.
This is not a contest for the faint hearted and to be selected as a Regional or National Finalist girls must have qualities that demonstrate their ability to be multifaceted. Contestants are not only beautiful and fit but also educated, business minded and with great emotional and social intelligence.
Challenges and tests are not revealed to the finalists until they arrive at each challenge.
Miss Multiverse – a hybrid between: “Next Top Model”, “The Apprentice” and “Survivor”.
Australia is now home to the most challenging and adventurous Beauty Contest and Reality TV Show. Miss Multiverse Australia is officially launching in January 2017 with the search for Australia’s most beautiful and multi-faceted ladies. The filming will take place in some of the most adventurous, iconic or typical Australian settings, capturing the cultures and landscapes of Australia.
National Director, Yolandi Franken says: “As a previous International Finalist I want to make sure that the next contestant from Australia is ready for what is in store at the World Finals.
The international version of the show is already in its third season and is broadcast across America and South America. Miss Multiverse Australia will be available in Australia and other countries around the world.
Suited ladies from across the country will have the opportunity to enter this prestigious contest and stands the chance to walk away with the National Title of Miss Multiverse Australia and to compete internationally in October 2017.
The contestants in Australia will be selected based on nowadays beauty standards and level of education. The beautiful women that reach the finals are already accomplished models, entrepreneurs or have won beauty queen titles, they are at a point in their careers where their motivation goes beyond showcasing their beauty; they are seeking life changing experiences, recognition of their internal qualities, empowerment capabilities and the opportunity to give the best of themselves to empower others.
The TV program showcases the fun, adventures, modeling and business challenges of a group of beautiful models during their journey towards self-discovery and personal growth.
Australia’s version of the competition will put the contestants through various challenges to test their limits and to see what really lurks underneath their outer beauty. Judges will eliminate contestants through challenges, narrowing them down to the ten models (finalists) whom will face the final challenges and final event where the ultimate winner will be selected.
The Australian National Winner will be crowned “Miss Multiverse Australia” and will be sent to the international contest overseas to compete among contestants from 30 other countries for the World Title of “Miss Multiverse”.
“The adventures, challenges and eliminations captured on camera provides viewers an inside of the high stakes and emotional roller-coaster faced by the contestants, delivered in six reality TV episodes”, says Mrs Franken.