There is no clear giveaway on the mixed-race of Dani Fitch on the outside. But make no mistake. She is half-Filipino and half-Australian. And she is Miss Grand Australia 2016 – Down Under’s bet to Miss Grand International 2016 to be held in Las Vegas.
Read more about the thoughts and advocacies running inside her below. In her own words, of course. She has a platform close to her heart and it hues closely to what the bigger international competition is aiming for. And she could be one of the early favorites for the crown, and a potential back-to-back winner with compatriot Claire Parker as reigning titleholder.
My name is Dani Nicole Fitch; half Australian-Filipino, a qualified Pharmacist, model and humanitarian. I studied a Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Science and a Masters of Pharmacy in Queensland which eventually brought me to Sydney where I now work for a Medical Research company as a Medical Science Liaison.
Over the last 8 years, I have modelled part-time to support my studies in various fashion weeks, editorials, TV commercials and commercial campaigns. I have worn many hats and it has been a really fun rollercoaster ride.
But most of all, I have a warm heart and a bright mind with an insatiable thirst to make a difference in the world. I believe in human equality and I can’t stand a world where vulnerable groups are violated or deprived the right to exist in fairness, harmony and sustainability. When I was 14, I received an Australian student’s literacy award for my piece entitled “Forgive the World”. This poem describes the increasing state of entropy and chaos in the world whereby only through peace and unity can we stop the world from self-destructing. Years later, I endeavoured to make small changes in my own life by undertaking leadership roles in my community. This was my life attempt to influence others to make similar small changes so that together we may hopefully make a difference.
Last year I raised $20,410 for Variety Children’s charity, I have been an ambassador for Destiny Rescue since discovering their existence in 2013 and I have now taken on a new advocacy position with the Beauty Bank for victims of domestic violence.
The reason I ran for Miss Grand Australia lies close to home: my oldest brother. My oldest brother served numerous times overseas fighting wars we as a nation never started; fighting and entering wars I wonder if he knew much about at 18 years of age. He continued to be deployed on missions we as a family knew minimal details about the level of danger or when he would be home. I hated that. We would pack boxes of food and basics like toothpaste, soap and gum. I watched my dad struggle with the pride of being strong for us all and the vulnerability of being afraid we would never see his first born again. After being deployed for his second tour in Afghanistan, he never really was the same again. There was something in the eyes – or a complete lack of something. We had lost him even though he was still here. As Miss Grand International, I would do everything in my power through the advocacy work of ‘Stop the War and Violence’ to ensure we dont lose the light of our men and women to the darkness of warfare.
What are your thoughts about Dani? How do you size her up side-by-side our own Bb. Pilipinas-Grand International 2016 Nicole Cordoves? 🙂