Miss Sydney Australia: Sustainable + Socially Responsible

  • Thu 9th Jun 2016


There’s a new Queen in town… We love seeing our talent kicking goals & our theright.fit Actor, Influencer Presenter & Model Holly Bryar is no exception to this rule! We welcome her today as the newly crowned Miss Sydney for 2016, an all-new eco title that promotes social responsibility & sustainability. Congratulations gorgeous; we look forward to following your journey!!

Come and meet your Miss Sydney 2016…


Welcome Holly & congratulations on your win!!

Thank you so much! Without question, my highlight moment was the awards presentation. I vividly recall each girl had an award in her hand – all but one, me! Little did I know, I was moments away from being crowned Miss Sydney Australia – 2016. I was shocked, mostly, but extremely happy! This was my first and last year to enter, and I couldn’t have felt more like a princess.

What is the Miss Sydney title about?

This year’s Miss Sydney pageant has a new, eco-friendly spin on their annual pageant event. The pagent’s theme was creating awareness about ‘sustainability’ practices, partnering with The Sustainable Salon in Surry Hills for the event.

“For this year’s pageant we wanted to shine the spotlight on social responsibility and do something a little different to the previous years’ glitz and glam events.”

Felice Colarusso | Miss Sydney Founder & Tecnica Haircare Owner.

Australians are the second highest producers of waste, per person, in the world and The Sustainable Salon owners, Diego Padilla Vargas and Zoran Petric, are taking steps to combat this. Their creative salon is completely fit-out with up-cylced and recycled materials from all over NSW and are Australia’s first Salon to use energy efficient technology from Tivok’s energy saving solution heat pumps – making this the ideal venue for this years Miss Sydney. Contestants could share their personal testimonies about what sustainability meant, with their response counted towards their final ranking.




Tell us about your crowning…

Following the judging rounds from contestants during the day, the evening event involved a fashion parade hosted by special guest Judi Limbers from The Dress Shoppe, which saw us parade through the salon in dazzling sequin and lace dresses.

The night concluded with the crowning Miss Sydney 2016 (Holly Bryar, yay)!! and the gorgeous Ashleigh Neil as Miss Tourism Australia 2016 (pictured below).


Why did you decide to enter?

Looking back now, entering Miss Sydney Australia was my search to find that spark to continue chasing my dreams. I went in not looking to compete but hoping to find inspiration.

What was the most nerve racking moment?

The entire process from application to awards presentation happened quite quickly. In one night, I was measured and selected to wear several designer outfits showcasing at the event.

Entering any competition doesn’t come without nerves. Being new to the runway, I was constantly questioning what pose I would go for, when my music queue was and how I’d walk in heels!

What piece of advice would you give to other models looking to enter a pageant?

For any model aspiring to enter a pageant, my advice would be to go in with a clear mind of what you want to learn from the experience. Being a part of any event exposes you to a wider network of people. These people as I found will surround and support you on your journey. Pageants are not purely based on beauty, so don’t forget to let those other hidden qualities and passions you have shine through.


What’s next for you?

Moving forward, I’ll be continuing my work behind the scenes in children’s television. I’ll also be looking to collaborate with other like-minded people working in front of the camera. This will involve shooting a showreel, launching my website and raising awareness of sustainability. All this, whilst searching for opportunities to give back to local charities.

Words from:

“A huge thanks to those who have supported me on this journey so far. It will be a busy year ahead and I
cannot wait to get started.” 
~ Holly Bryar, Miss Sydney Australia 2016

“It’s fantastic to see the beauty and fashion industries supporting the message of sustainability and we’re honoured
to be part of it.”
~ Judi Limbers, Co-founder of The Dress Shoppe



Image credits:

Johan Westen – Photoshop Studio
Ernita Siregar – Absolute Photography
Shuwen Yu
Press we’ve delighted to help to generate for Holly.
Special thanks to JMo at Sydney’s Confidential/The Daily Telegraph.
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  • Thu 9th Jun 2016