Charlotte aims to take conservation message global
CHARLOTTE Rose Mellis has a goal to change the world and Miss Earth Australia is the platform she believes can help make it happen.
The 25-year-old Cotton Tree resident is one of 25 finalists that will all be vying for the Miss Earth Australia title in Sydney next weekend.
Ms Mellis said the international environmental-themed pageant was not something she would usually choose to get involved in but after doing some research she decided to give it a go.
"It's something very out of the ordinary for me, I'm not a pageant girl at all," she said.
"But I loved that it was encouraging women to get involved and be more than a pretty face and become an advocate for change and conservation.
"In my instance this is stuff I've always been doing but I thought why not step up and inform others."
Ms Mellis, who runs VOX POPULI a sustainable design agency, said she had been doing a lot of volunteer conservation work in the lead up to the final.
"A lot of what I've done in the community in the lead up to Miss Earth was what I was doing before," she said.
"I didn't change my identity to enter it.
"A couple of months ago I went to Raja Ampat and was living on a tiny sand island volunteering with Barefoot Conservation and diving about four times a day doing reef health checks and teaching the kids there about plastics and developing a sense of pride in their local area."
Ms Mellis also has strong ties with Sea Sheperd Australia.
Ms Mellis said should she win the Miss Earth title she would be working towards protecting the ocean on a larger scale.
"The title of Miss Earth makes you able to accelerate projects and I already have a couple of projects in mind that I would like to have that additional exposure for and be able to reach a mainstream audience."
Ms Mellis will go through a rigourous two days of interviews and runway shows before finding out whether she wins the title on July 30.
Should she win she would then head to the Miss Earth International final later in the year.
To help Ms Mellis win the title you can vote for her here: http://www.starcentralmagazine.com/voting/2016/06/28/miss-earth-australia-2016/