Miss Universe Australia Maria Thattil addresses critics who say she’s not ‘Australian enough’

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‘My cultural identity has always been a point of contention’: Miss Universe Australia Maria Thattil addresses her critics who say she is not ‘Australian enough’ – and hopes her presence at the pageant will ‘shatter glass ceilings’

Indian-Australian beauty Maria Thattil will represent Australia at the 69th Miss Universe competition in Florida, in the United States on Monday.

In a passionate column for The Daily Telegraph’s Stellar magazine this weekend, the Melbourne-born and raised daughter of immigrants addressed her critics saying she’s not ‘Australian enough’ to represent.

As her cultural identity has “ always been a point of contention, ” the 28-year-old hopes her presence in the arena on Monday will “ shatter glass ceilings. ”

‘My cultural identity has always been a point of contention’: Miss Universe Australia Maria Thattil (pictured) has addressed her critics who say she’s not ‘Australian enough’ to represent Monday at the pageant, in a passionate column for The Daily Telegraph’s Stellar magazine

“Like many ‘third culture’ kids, I used to feel like a clumsy middleman – I never felt Indian enough to be Indian, or Australian enough to be Australian,” she said.

Maria revealed how she was often subjected to cruel jokes and racial stereotypes during her childhood, admitting that she tried to hide her ethnicity in her teens and early twenties.

“I wore foundation in three shades too light and green contacts to look more white, and I laughed at racist jokes,” she said.

Candid: Immigrants' daughter, who was born and raised in Melbourne, said she never 'felt Indian enough to be Indian, or Australian enough to be Australian' during her childhood.

Candid: Immigrants’ daughter, who was born and raised in Melbourne, said she never ‘felt Indian enough to be Indian, or Australian enough to be Australian’ during her childhood.

Matching: Maria, 28, revealed how she was often subjected to cruel jokes and racial stereotypes during her childhood, admitting trying to hide her ethnicity in her teens and early twenties

Matching: Maria, 28, revealed how she was often subjected to cruel jokes and racial stereotypes during her childhood, admitting trying to hide her ethnicity in her teens and early twenties

Maria will now represent Australia in the Miss Universe contest on Monday and is determined to use her platform to fight injustice.

“My voice will amplify those who have not been heard and I hope my presence in this arena will shatter glass ceilings,” she wrote.

Maria told it earlier Beauty crew that she was inspired to apply for the Miss Universe Australia pageant because of the 2019 winner Priya Serraeo.

Determined: Maria will now represent Australia in the Miss Universe contest on Monday and is determined to use her platform to fight injustice.  Pictured during the preliminary game in Florida, this month in the United States

Determined: Maria will now represent Australia in the Miss Universe contest on Monday and is determined to use her platform to fight injustice. Pictured during the preliminary game in Florida, this month in the United States

“When I saw her do it, I realized there is no fungus,” she said.

Maria continued, ‘My message is all about inclusivity, and inclusivity means equality.

‘I advocate a world where people can be themselves regardless of the characteristics of their social identity that they have been told to be deficient, be it sexuality, religion, their job, their socioeconomic status, their gender.’

The 69th Miss Universe competition will take place in the US on Monday

Message: 'My voice will amplify those who have not been heard and I hope my presence in this arena will shatter glass ceilings,' she said.  Pictured at this month's national costume show

Message: ‘My voice will amplify those who have not been heard and I hope my presence in this arena will shatter glass ceilings,’ she said. Pictured at this month’s national costume show

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