Our friends at PETA do a lot of great work standing up for animals and their rights. They’ve shared with us this super cute video of Oliver and Leighton from awesome Aussie band Little Sea, trying out tasty Vegan snacks in the US. The food looks super tasty – we can see why stars like Ariana Grande and Miley Cyrus have switched to eating vegan! Plus the guys are pretty cute in this video too. 😉
Love a messy challenge? Coming soon to Nickelodeon is a new adventure series called Slime Cup and YOU can be part of the action! In this fun new show, kids across Australia and New Zealand team up with their best friend and compete in the ultimate slimy competition. Slime Cup turns up the slime-o-meter, so if you think you’ve seen everything slime you haven’t seen anything yet!
If you’ve got the speed, the smarts and a stomach of steel, there’s still a chance to audition online. Head to www.nick.com.au for more details and to submit your best audition video. Entries close THIS SUNDAY, April 24. Good luck!
Congratulations to Kaitlyn Thomas, the March winner of Luv Ur Skin‘s SMART campaign!
This 15-year-old singer songwriter from Melbourne has been performing since she was eight years old. She loves writing and singing country music and is so dedicated to her craft that she works on her music every day – even before school! This talented girl has won the Australian Songwriters Association Youth Songwriter of the Year and Australian Children’s Music Foundation Songwriter. She recently received an endorsement with Maton Guitars Australia and is currently in the USA performing her original music in Nashville and Los Angeles. Wow! Kaitlyn in not just a singer songwriter, she’s also an actress and has a strong social conscience – she spends many hours performing and presenting for various charities around Australia and is an avid ambassador for the Bully Zero Australia Foundation.
Kaitlyn is just one of the many SMART girls out there. If you have a talent or achievement that you want to share, it’s not too late to be in the running for the April campaign! Head over to http://www.luvurskin.com.au/byo-smart/ to join. Remember being your own smart is just you being being awesome at what you do, in or out of the classroom and can include all different fields like:
Sports & recreation
Maths & science
Arts, music and dance
Real causes, like charity and philanthropy
We can’t wait to see your entries!
The Cubby House Challenge at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show is on again, and we can definitely say that these aren’t your typical cubby houses! Building and architectural firms have been putting together designs for the ultimate dream cubby house and the list has been narrowed down to five finalists, including the one you see in the picture above!
These finished designer cubby houses will then be auctioned off and the proceeds will go to Kids Under Cover, which is a charity for youth homelessness and also provides mentors and scholarships to disadvantaged kids. Check out these amazing structures at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show from March 16-20, where you can vote for one to be awarded the People’s Choice Award. You can also help out and donate to Kids Under Cover anytime!
For more information or even to bid on one of these cubby houses, head to: http://www.cubbyhousechallenge.org.au.
We’re all about celebrating the amazing things that make you girls you so we’ve teamed up with Luv Ur Skin on their awesome SMART campaign! Being smart isn’t just about being book smart – the campaign celebrates girls being the best version of themselves in all different fields like:
Sports & recreation
Maths & science
Arts, music and dance
Real causes, like charity and philanthropy
So if you have a special achievement that you want to share, head over to http://www.luvurskin.com.au/byo-smart/ to join the campaign! You can get creative with how you present your story and even share it as a drawing, picture or video.
Selected entries will be posted on the site and then each month one special achievement will win an awesome Luv Ur Skin pack featuring all their products and also be spotlighted on Luv Ur Skin and Girl Power websites and social media!
Our April issue (which also happens to be our 150th issue, wooh!) hit Aussie stands yesterday and you probably noticed that it looks a little different. So many of you amazing readers have grown up with us, so we thought that it was time for us to do a little growing up too. We’re super excited over our new look and hope you girls will love it as much as we do! To celebrate, we’ve got a cool comp just for you girls over at our Instagram @girlpowermag, so make sure you’re following us, head on over there and let your creativity flow!
Hey GP Readers!
Did you know that this Saturday, February 6 is National Pet Adoption Day? This initiative by PETstock Assist and PetRescue is all about raising awareness about pet adoption and encouraging Australians to give rescue pets a forever home. Sad but true, without adoption so many rescue pets end up in rescue shelters.
On National Pet Adoption Day pet rescue organisations will go to over 100 PETstock stores across Australia between 10am-2pm to raise awareness about this sad situation and hopefully find some rescue pets a happily furr-ever after! To find out more details including locations, check out: www.petstock.com.au/adoption-day-2016.
Here at GPHQ we’re all about celebrating girls doing amazing things. We love hearing inspirational stories of girl taking charge to make the world a better place! In our latest issue we chat to Bonita Sorrentino, a Melbourne teen who is a finalist in the Face of the Globe 2016 International Pageant and will be travelling to London and Disneyland Paris for the grand finals! We think her story is a great example of channeling negativity in your life into something more positive and wanted to share more of our chat with her with all of you…
How did you become interested in getting involved with Face of the Globe?
In 2014 I was surrounded by group of friends who weren’t actually my true friends. There were constant fights, negativity and they always put each other down with negative comments. I couldn’t take it anymore and I made one of the biggest decisions of my life and stood up for myself. This did lead to being left out and I felt lonely for some time. It was so uncomfortable going to school because I was being laughed at in the hallways and given dirty looks. I started to realised true friends would never be like that to each other. I feel like everything changed at that time as I formed new friendships as well as reforming friendships with old friends. I was lucky enough to form a new group of friends who are supportive, encouraging and positive towards each other and that is how I found out what true friends are like. One night I was scrolling through my Facebook and I saw “Face Of The Globe Australia applications open now” so I immediately read it, to discover what’s involved and I finally built up the courage to apply. I was ecstatic when my application was approved and my next step was the preparations. The pageant is heavily charity orientated and that was something that I fell in love with. I never realised I would enjoy fundraising and charity and because of the pageant I have found a true passion of mine. Other aspects of the pageant are appearances, social media and of course what goes on on-stage.
What advice would you give to girls who are experiencing friendship dramas?
My friendship group at the time were not supportive of my goals or me and were always negative. I was going through a downhill spiral. I decided that if I wanted to have positive, fun and great experiences with true friends that I needed to break away from this group. The advice I would love to give to all young girls around the world would be to surround yourself with a people who love and support you, encourage you and always want to see you happy. I found a group of friends like this and with their support and encouragement, I was able to achieve a lot, and so will you. When you face your fears and work hard a lot of good things come your way. By facing your fears you can overcome anything! It’s really scary at the time but once you overcome the fear, amazing things will happen to you.
Is there anyone that inspires you? If so, who?
The person that inspires me the most is Tyra Banks. Tyra Banks is an international supermodel that has definitely left her mark in this world. As Tyra has said: “Flaws are awesome – so, ‘flawsome!”. No one is perfect, we should all embrace our flaws because without them we wouldn’t be who we are. When she was younger she was bullied and got called “light bulb head” and “giraffe” and was teased for being too skinny and lanky. She felt insecure and alone. She overcame all of this by believing in herself and having a lot of support from her mum. Now she is successful and has a foundation that invests in girls and women to help them realise their ambitions.
What’s been the most rewarding thing for you out of all these experiences?
The most rewarding part of my pageant experience is making new friends. Before the pageant even began I organized a few get togethers with other Melbourne contestants and I became friends with girls from the other states via social media. When we all met officially at the pageant the atmosphere was amazing, everyone was so kind and genuinely friendly. I have made close friendships through the pageant or as we like to say “sash sisters!”.
What’s in store for you this year?
2016 is a very busy and exciting year for me. I am starting year 12 as well as travelling overseas in April! I will be travelling to London and Paris to compete in the Face Of The Globe grand finals! There is endless fun at this pageant, on the first night we will be having a Spring Fling ball and a pyjama party in our awesome Face Of The Globe onesies!, we will then have our interviews, fitcamp with Chico, a Wild West evening show, the onstage pageant competition and the crowning! The whole event is held over a period of eight days. Regardless of where I place at the pageant I feel so fortunate that I have come this far and that I get to experience this overseas adventure!
To follow Bonita’s adventures, you can find her on social media under Bonita Sorrentino – Teen Face Of The Globe International Finalist 2016!
Hey Girl Powerettes!
We are loving the new View-Master right now and it looks like we’re not the only ones! Aussie YouTube star Lachlan Powers recently gave this cool virtual reality device a go and shared a video of experience on his YouTube channel and we just had to share it with you guys…
There’s only a week til Christmas, so it’s not too late to add this to your wish list! 😉 The View-Master Virtual Reality Starter Pack is $49.99 and available from Target, Big W, Kmart and Toys R Us. You can also grab View-Master Experience Packs like Destinations, Space and Wildlife, which are $18.99 each!