The secret sash sisterhood – Photos By M&Co CreativeRottnest Island, Western Australia.
It’s the time of the year every Pageant Queen looks forward to. When we all unite at the Queens retreat, renown for being lavish and ultimately spoilt by your director. Where we get to kick back in our Chinese laundry shoes and feel right at home wearing Swarovski crowns around the infinity pool! As all the Queens from around the world start arriving for the momentous crowning of this years Australia Galaxy Queen’s, I wanted to take the opportunity to reflect on the unexpected family we formed.
The secret Sash Sisterhood. It is true what they say about pageant girls becoming a family, but it’s like nothing you’ve ever experienced before. There are very few people in the world who understand what it takes to dedicate your life and soul to having that crown placed on your head. So when you find a ‘Sash Sister’ you hold onto them for dear life.
I’ve always found this profound energy when I’m with other Queens and the longing to be around them. It comes down to being understood and not having to explain yourself or who you are – they’ve been there too – they get it. Throughout my travels I’ve meet with women from all Pageant systems, ages and countries. The sisterhood never varies.
Holding a title for a year doesn’t seem like long but if your giving it everything you’ve possibly got, it’s like racing a huge sparkly clock that never stops ticking. The days don’t have a beginning or an end; it’s just one continuous count down and you can’t bear to waste one minute. When you get the chance to be with a pageant sister you feel like you can breathe again.
The comfort of having someone near you who knows what it is to carry the awesome responsibility that comes with a crown and be in the spotlight as a role model continuously, is a feeling not many will get the chance to experience. They are there sharing the joy with you every step of the way and to catch you, should you trip on your 6 inch stilettos.
My Sash Sisters are my soul food… They bring me back to life.