Katia at 12 years old stands tall and elegant against a crowd of average Aussie girls her age.
Being tall and looking much older than her age with a well above average IQ, Katia, from when she first started school, was the subject of intense bullying.
Trying to ignore the nay sayers Katia started competing in local ‘glitz’ style pageants, enjoying the chance to shine on stage and found her love for the camera and public speaking. But this still did not stop the bullying.
After losing her self confidence and care free happy nature because of the constant torment, her mother decided enough was enough and together in 2017 they started ‘Queen Aren’t Mean’ an anti bullying platform that allowed Katia to speak publicly in schools and at community events about the scars bullying can cause and also that there is always a light at the end of the tunnel for the victims... speak up and speak out!
In 2018 Katia competed internationally for the first time as Miss South Pacific Pre-Teen at the Royal International Miss International finals in Orlando Florida. Her year, life and heart was blown away by the opportunity to be a part of the incredible Australian Royal International Miss team, Directed and coached by Erin Que.
Katia took her Australian started ‘Queens aren’t mean’ anti bullying platform to the international stage and even though she did not make the final top 15, she made an invaluable impression on everyone she met on her journey.
This year Katia is once again on the Australian Royal International Miss team for 2019 as Miss Australia Pre-Teen. She is planning on not only taking her anti bullying platform back to the States but also a foundation close to her heart, Endometriosis Australia. After watching her biggest supporter, her mother, struggle on a daily basis with the silent illness, Katia is determined to make sure other women and girls of the world don’t have to suffer in silence.
You can watch Katias incredible journey on her multiple social media accounts.