On a balmy late March evening, the Astor Theatre opened it’s doors to a vibrant cross-section of Perth’s best, brightest – and most beautiful – for the highly anticipated 2019 Miss Africa Perth event. Amongst this crowd were TrainSmart Australia’s newest CUA51015 Diploma of Screen and Media stars, who, as part of their guaranteed work experience, were tasked with providing makeup services for the glamorous event.
Situated front and center of the show were a number of special guests, including:
- Hon. Roger Cook MLA – Deputy Premier; Minister for Health; Mental Health
- Hon. Kate Doust MLC – President of the Legislative Council of Western Australia and Member for the South Metropolitan Region
- Michael Mischin MLC – Member of the Western Australian Legislative Council, Shadow Attorney General
- Ms Janine Freeman MLA – Member for Mirrabooka, WA State Government
- Ms Kim Ellwood – Executive Director, Office of Multicultural Interests
- Ms Dominique Mecoy – CEO, Leadership WA
- And our very own Ms Surinder Randhawa, the CEO and Founder of TrainSmart Australia.
It was the 13th year of Miss Africa Perth, a Young African Women’s Leadership Development Program event started by Dr Casta Tungaraza in 2006 as a way “to harness the cumulative energies of African girls and support their positive transformation in society. The event has become one of the most successful and effective mentoring programs for African girls in Australia.”
The night was an absolute success, with our CUA51015 Diploma of Screen and Media students working fiercely behind the scenes to ensure their models were ready for both the runway and all photographic opportunities on the night. So – how did our students perform under pressure?
Of the 8 Miss Africa 2019 shortlisted contestants:
- 5 of the 8 contestants had their makeup prepared by TSA College of Creative Arts students;
- The top 3 finalists were ALL wearing makeup provided by TSA College of Creative Arts students;
- And the winner of Miss Africa 2019 – Tinsae Teshome – wore makeup applied by TSA College of Creative Arts student, Jackson Lorrigan.
The event was a fantastic networking opportunity for all involved, and especially for the students studying our makeup courses – who gained real world backstage experience, images for their professional portfolios, and new professional contacts that may lead to future work opportunities. Miss Africa Perth 2019 is a testament to the beautifully diverse communities that make Australia such a wonderful and exciting country to live in.
To all involved with bringing the event to life – including our students – we would like to extend our gratitude and congratulations for hosting such a positive, glamorous event.
All photographs taken and provided by Surinder Randhawa.