Greek-Australian Mother of Four Shines as Miss Global Greece: Maria Pappas' Inspiring Journey

Greek-Australian Maria Pappas Takes on the World

32-year-old Maria Pappas isn't your typical beauty queen. Juggling motherhood with four beautiful children and a burgeoning social media empire, she defies expectations and embraces her multi-faceted identity as Miss Global Greece 2023.

Growing up in Australia, Maria's heart always beat for her motherland, Greece. The sun-kissed shores, warm hospitality, and ancient legacy of her heritage fuel her passion. But it's her role as a mother that truly shapes her mission.

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"Being a mother has shown me how to be a positive influence for young women," says Maria. "I want them to know their dreams are boundless, and motherhood doesn't have to dim their shine."

With over 557,000 followers across her social media platforms, Maria harnesses her online presence for good. Her message? Kindness, empathy, and compassion reign supreme.

In representing Greece, Maria celebrates not just breathtaking landscapes and delicious cuisine, but a nation rich in history and culture. "The Acropolis, the vibrant museums, the mountains – I'm proud to carry these stories of resilience and creativity on the global stage," she beams.

But beyond cultural pride, Maria's platform champions female empowerment. "Motherhood can be challenging, but it shouldn't stop you from pursuing your dreams," she states. "I want to show young women they can have it all, with love and generosity as their guiding lights."

As Maria embarks on her Miss Global journey, let's rally behind her inspiring message. Follow her on Instagram at @missglobalofficial, like her posts, and help this Greek-Australian mama shine even brighter!

To Vote for Maria Pappas click here.

Miss Global 2023 will be crowned in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on January 18, 2024. It is the 10th edition of the edition of the international beauty pageant.

Miss Global allows single mothers to compete. It also accepts candidates aged 18 to 35 while the age range accepted by most international beauty pageants for single women is 18 to 28.

On June 11, 2022, Shane Tormes of the Philippines was crowned Miss Global 2022 at Bali Nusa Dua Convention Center, Bali, Indonesia along with Jessica Da Silva of the United Arab Emirates as Miss Global 2021. Runner-up to Tormes was Sandra Lim of Malaysia while the respective second, third and fourth runners-up were Brooke Rankin of Australia, Sandra Boriseviciute of Lithuania and Natalia Gurgel of Brazil.

There are 79 women competing for the Miss Global 2023 title. Here are the candidates:

  1. Nina Zirai, 35, Afghanistan
  2. Christiane Garibian, 27, Armenia
  3. Janaya Reimers, 21, Australia
  4. Sophie Seyfarth, 26, Austria
  5. Kiana Dominique Harris, 35, Bahamas
  6. Afla Amran, 22, Bangladesh
  7. Yari Bastiaens, 27, Belgium
  8. Marcela Araki Yamaguti, 31, Brazil
  9. Valeriya Georgieva Dokuzova, 33, Bulgaria
  10. Anita Leakmony, 20, Cambodia
  11. Marie Corinne, 32, Cameroon
  12. Armita Jalooli, 28, Canada
  13. Chalsey Nguyen, 24, China
  14. Dahiana Aguilar, 27, Colombia
  15. Nina Benic, 20, Croatia
  16. Marie Danči, 26, Czech Republic
  17. Christella Ilunga, 27, Democratic Republic of Congo
  18. Francheska Pujols, 28, Dominican Republic
  19. Mirna Kiddess, 30, Egypt
  20. Emily Cossey, 25, England
  21. Alison Carrasco, 28, France
  22. Patricia Sarina Rath, 28, Germany
  23. Regina Darkwah, 27, Ghana
  24. Maria Pappas, 32, Greece
  25. Aissatou Diallo, 21, Guinea
  26. Nathalie Rigaud, 26, Haiti
  27. Mansi Chourasiya, 23, India
  28. Cynthia Ong, 27, Indonesia
  29. Mozhgan Rastegar, 28, Iran
  30. Kate Gatpandan, 20, Italy
  31. Celine Waters, 21, Jamaica
  32. Michiru Yakuwa, 25, Japan
  33. Zhuldyz Seriki, 33, Kazakhstan
  34. Joy Metheu, 22, Kenya
  35. Batseng Vongchanthantham, 20, Laos
  36. Dorida Vlasova, 33, Latvia
  37. Hajamaya Mulbal, 25, Liberia
  38. Zlata Kozlova, 25, Lithuania
  39. Taanusiya Chetty, 23, Malaysia
  40. Maurah Ruiz, 32, Mexico
  41. Irina Batiru, 27, Moldova
  42. John Doe
  43. Quelusha Naftal, 23, Mozambique
  44. Akari Hsu, 20, Myanmar
  45. Lonja van der Zanden, 23, Netherlands
  46. Jade Parsons, 20, New Zealand
  47. Chinelo Ibegbuna, 33, Nigeria
  48. Helene Abildsnes, 25, Norway
  49. Shafina Shah, 31, Pakistan
  50. Ella Mualla, 35, Palestine
  51. Marlenis Cortes, 34, Panama
  52. Barbara Benitez, 21, Paraguay
  53. Louise Katrina Hung, 30, Philippines
  54. Ana Catarina Costa, 26, Portugal
  55. Ashley Melendez, 26, Puerto Rico
  56. Polina Kalugina, 25, Russia
  57. Gretta Iwacu, 23, Rwanda
  58. Haylani Pearl Kuruppu, 25, Samoa
  59. Jacqueline Crawford, 28, Scotland
  60. Lara Stankovic, 20, Serbia
  61. Adel Jusu, 21, Sierra Leone
  62. Chloe Hung, 20, Singapore
  63. Viktoriia Lobanova, 20, Slovenia
  64. Zainab Jama, 22, Somalia
  65. Simphiwe Zama Ntombela, 24, South Africa
  66. Robyn Ree, 26, South Korea
  67. Raquel Robles, 33, Spain
  68. Tasabeh Diab, 27, Sudan
  69. Nadiya Karplyuk, 28, Switzerland
  70. Linda Huang, 27, Taiwan
  71. Chonnikarn Supittayaporn, 25, Thailand
  72. Tenzin Paldon, 27, Tibet
  73. Maria Seelal, 20, Trinidad and Tobago
  74. Deria Koc, 30, Turkey
  75. Danielle Alura Mignogna, 34, United States
  76. Darya Masalskaya, 31, Uzbekistan
  77. Thuy Doan, 28, Vietnam
  78. Iriana Pinto, 26, Venezuela
  79. Kudzai Matizha, 21, Zimbabwe
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