Mum surprised at pageant win

Beauty within: Kim Cancellier was stunned to be crowned Mrs Global United. Categories include formal wear, personality, interview and a portfolio."It was unbelievable," she said. Picture: Geoff Jones

Beauty within: Kim Cancellier was stunned to be crowned Mrs Global United. Categories include formal wear, personality, interview and a portfolio."It was unbelievable," she said. Picture: Geoff Jones

MOVE over Jennifer Hawkins, there's a new beauty pageant queen on the catwalk.

Ropes Crossing resident Kim Cancellier was crowned Mrs Global United at the international Global United pageant in Minnesota last month.

The mother of two was crowned Mrs Charity Queen Australia at the Mrs Australia Quest in April after she raised $9000 for Teal Wings of Hope, which promotes ovarian cancer awareness.

"The opportunity alone to go to the US was fantastic, but to win the title was beyond [expectation]," Mrs Cancellier, 28, said.

The Global United pageant was founded to celebrate women's inner-beauty and raise funds for childhood cancer research.

Mrs Cancellier raised $3537 for The Children's Hospital at Westmead and donated $800 worth of toys, DVDs and mobile phones as part of a toy drive for the hospital.

"Much of the pageant is based on community service and charity work," Mrs Cancellier said.

"I was blown away by every contestant as they all had strong community backgrounds," she said.

Mrs Cancellier has come a long way over the past 10 years.

"I came from an abusive relationship where I had limited self-worth," she said.

"Pageants were a way for me to get my confidence back up. But it's inner-beauty that counts the most, which is what I want my daughters to grow up believing in."

Mrs Cancellier will spend the next year raising awareness for children's and ovarian cancers as the Teal Wings of Hope ambassador and through Future Faces, a non-profit children's beauty pageant.

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