Beauty queen Esma Voloder can make a world of difference.
The reigning Miss World Australia has voiced her support for marriage equality, saying she believes being Australian means respecting and accepting everyone.
“I think it is Australian culture to have acceptance and these are the things we should continue to focus on and continue to take about with respect,” she told News Corp.
“I believe that everyone has equal rights.”
The Miss World competitor was born in a refugee camp to parents who fled the Bosnian war during the 1990s and later settled in Australia.
Esma, who will compete against more than 130 other women in the prestigious Miss World beauty pageant in China next month, has made headlines for her Muslim faith, hitting back at xenophobes who claimed she should not be allowed to represent Australia because she’s a Muslim.
Earlier this year, she said she wanted to break down the barriers by being herself and called for more understanding towards her religion.
She said she wasn’t a “representative or a teacher of Islam” and wanted to “remain positive”.
“My faith … it teaches me why I am here and to focus on the ultimate goal, which is to do charity, do good … and to do the best you can with the time you have to be the best person that you can.”