We sat down to chat beauty, confidence and Miss World with 2015 finalist Michelle Lake after her blonde colour refresh at our Subiaco salon.
Tell us a little bit about yourself…
My name is Michelle Lake and I am 24 years old. I grew up in South Africa and moved to Australia when I was 12. I am currently studying Early Childhood Education, hoping to specialise in special needs. I absolutely adore children, especially those who are not as fortunate as I was growing up. Having lived in South Africa, I saw the poverty and hardship some children had to go through. This has pulled on my heartstrings ever since, therefore I am hoping to help children wherever I can.
In my free time I volunteer at Riding For the Disabled, go to the beach, hang out with friends or run up and down Jacobs Ladder. My hobbies include knitting and making clothes, and I am currently working on designing a swimwear label, hoping to create a brand that will make any woman look and feel beautiful and confident no matter their size.
What made you decide to participate in Miss World 2015?
I decided to participate in Miss World Australia 2015 because I feel like it is a journey I need to go on to overcome my fears and insecurities, become a better version of myself and most importantly to be a role model to people in our society. We need to stop living just for ourselves, but also give some of our time or money to those who need it most. I really hope and pray that through this journey, one day, I can be the voice for the voiceless and the hands for the helpless.
What has your Miss World journey taught/shown you so far?
I have honestly learnt so much already. The Miss World program that Western Australia has to offer this year is indescribably amazing. We have learnt all about etiquette and modern manners, how to get our hair and makeup Miss World ready, how to pose for a photo and finding our best angle, how to walk elegantly with great posture, and even how to play tennis. But the list certainly does not stop there. We are truly becoming better versions of ourselves by the day. I have also learnt a lot from the girls about their cultures and just connecting with them has been such an amazing experience. I love how everyone I’ve met through this journey encourage and motivate each other, we have really become such a close group of friends.
What would you say is your ‘beauty philosophy’?
I see beauty as being on the inside and outside, so my beauty philosophy is to do things that let you push your boundaries, reach your goals and become a better version of yourself. Do things that inspire you and make sure you have plenty of alone time to keep your mind on what is important. Be kind, be caring, be compassionate and love others like you love yourself.
For outer beauty I believe you should wash your face twice in the morning and twice at night with a cleanser that is natural and alcohol free. I also believe in putting on a hair mask every week and use a good shampoo and conditioner that will benefit your hair. I believe you should drink plenty of water to cleanse your body from the inside out, use sunscreen every single day and exercise regularly. Beauty is definitely holistic and therefore you need to care for every aspect that makes you, you.
How important do you feel your hair is in your overall look and to your self confidence?
My hair most definitely plays a very important role in my appearance. It can be one of my biggest confidence killers if I don’t feel like my hair looks great. I have really fine hair so I need to put more of an effort in to make it look presentable. It is worth every minute of effort though. I would say neglecting your hair is like a cupcake without icing – it’s not complete and definitely does not look appealing.
Tell us a little bit about your Maurice Meade makeover – how did we change your hair and how did it make you feel?
I loved my experience at Maurice Meade, the staff were amazing and really cared for my hair. When I asked for opinions I knew that they were telling me their thoughts straight from the heart and gave me great tips and suggestions to help my hair grow faster. I had quite a bit of regrowth and my hair was very dull in colour, so they brightened up the blonde but also put a few low lights in near my face to let my hair blend more with my eyebrows. They really looked at me as a whole person and not just as a head of hair. They made sure that the hair colour tone was right for my skin tone and ensured that my hair style suited my face shape. I’ve never experienced this much care and consideration from a hair salon before.
What’s next for you in your Miss World journey?
Next we have a few events at Crown Perth, Auto Classic BMW, and Next Gen Kings Park. These event are all raising money for Variety – the children’s charity and more information on these can be found on the Miss World Australia official website. On the 2nd of August is our State Final at Crown Perth. The girls who get through have the National Final on the 30th of August, which will be held in Perth this year, also at Crown Perth. Keep and eye out for tickets for all the Miss World Australia events on the Miss World Australia official website.