AS 19-year-old Izabella Spizick prepares to hand over her crown, she is also gearing up to undertake the next step of her pageant career.
The Miss Teen Diamond Australia 2017 model from South Hobart has become an ambassador for the Miss Diamond Australia (MDA) organisation after returning to Brisbane in April for her final walk during the 2018 National Finals.
Ms Spizick said she had wanted to wear something unique for her final walk.
“In the end I settled on a knee-length, bright green Mac Duggal gown,” she said.
“This was paired with the most important part of the outfit – pristine white, motorised, life-size wings.
“Beyond the obvious Victoria Secret appeal, I really liked this choice of outfit because it tied in perfectly with both the Miss Diamond purpose for 2018 – anti-bullying, and my winning advocacy platform, the National Youth Science Forum.”
Ms Spizick said the ambassador title was a representation of her close affinity with MDA and its values.
She said the pageant’s messages of body-positivity and inclusion were one of the main reasons she decided to participate in the 2017 event.
“I decided to bring a greater awareness of pageantry to Tasmania by contending for the teen title,” she said.
“Celebrating diversity for me is about the inclusion of contestants from all backgrounds, shapes and sizes.
“I believe in this approach to pageantry because it encourages pageant girls and boys to embrace themselves as individuals and helps us maximise both our physical and mental health.”
Having no prior experience in the industry and with only one month to prepare, Ms Spizick said she was “shocked” when she was ultimately crowned the 2017 Miss Teen Diamond Australia.
Since then, she has made the most of the opportunity to represent MDA, making many appearances locally, nationally and internationally.
She has had the honour of judging at five pageants so far, including three national competitions.
Her new title also means that she will be able to continue to raise awareness and provide advocacy support to not-for-profit organisations.
Ms Spizick graduated high school at 17 years of age with a 95.10 ATAR while balancing work, dance and student leadership.
Additionally, she completed two university units and was involved in many STEM initiatives.
She has now commenced study in a Bachelor of Business and Bachelor of Law degree, while working full time in a finance cadetship.
Caption: Izabella Spizick in her final walk outfit, featuring electronic wings, at the 2018 Miss Teen Diamond Australia National Finals. Photo credit: Rod Moore Photography.