Behind The Sash Season 1
BEHIND THE SASH follows four powerful women as they travel Australia and abroad to shine a light on issues of injustice while searching for the next MRS AUSTRALIA.
In each episode we travel to one unique location, shine a light on one issue of injustice and discover one glamorous female humanitarian taking a stand.
By the end of the series we will have hand picked 8 powerhouse women to run for Mrs Australia, an event celebrating women on the rise & removing all competition created between women.
“In a meaningful bid to shine the light on heartbreaking stories of injustice and social issues, four former Victorian beauty pageant queens embark on a quest that’s expected to shift the culture of Australian TV for the greater good.” - Female.com.au
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**WARNING - Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander viewers are advised that the following program may contain images and voices of people who have died.
In this episode we travel to Beagle Bay, Western Australia, to meet a powerful Indigenous woman, Tasha McAlpine.
We uncover the staggering issue of youth suicide within the aboriginal communities through the Kimberly and the work that Tasha is doing to bring forth change to this unspoken issue of social injustice within our very own backyard.
Born and raised in the Beagle Bay community on the Dampia Peninsula, Tasha now lives in Perth, Western Australia and is currently studying Early Childhood Education.
This true woman of substance believes that children should receive the education that they need from an early age.
Tasha is a true role model within her community taking a stand against the issue of youth suicide in the aboriginal communities of the Kimberly and has designed a label to help fund the Beagle Bay Community Centre. Tasha hopes to one day open a Trauma Clinic for Youth to escape and reconnect with the land and their roots.
See the music video we filmed during our visit to Beagle Bay Community, “The Children Are Not Forgotten” written and performed by Chico Johnson
Blind But Now I See43m
In this episode we follow Lucy Holmes to remote Nepal where we meet CBM, the world’s largest not for profit organisation dedicated to disabilities.
CBM assist with many children and adults receiving the miracle of sight for the first time. Danielle & Lucy witness a life changing surgery of a little boy called Buzz, while Sofia & Becky explore the beautiful sights, sounds and culture of Kathmandu.
Meet the glamourous Lucy Holmes! Light FM Breakfast radio host & proud mother to a beautiful daughter, Lucy is passionate about making change in this world and leaving a legacy that lasts.
Lucy is a true born performer and has travelled the world with her 100% Kylie act, the Melbourne Gospel Choir and is a key ambassador for the world’s largest not for profit organisation dedicated to disabilities & poverty, CBM. Lucy often travels on mission trips with CBM and sacrifices frequently to spread this word of hope about the life changing miracle surgeries provided by CBM.
One of these life changing surgeries only costs a total of $33, that’s the gift of sight for the price of a lunch at your favourite restaurant.
Set on the streets of Melbourne, we explore the devastating issue of homelessness within one of the most livable cities in the world! After spending a night sleeping it rough, the ladies come together with The National Homeless Collective & an inspiring women Lucia Hou to give a young lady who has escaped homelessness a fabulous makeover!
Mother of two incredible children, and Woman Of The Year 2018, Lucia Hou is the proud ambassador for National Homeless Collective, working on projects such as; Sleeping Bags for Homelessness, Melbourne Period Project, The Plate Up Project, The School Project, Kala Thrift Shop.
Owner of a building and maintenance company, as well as photography and media management business, Lucia is a busy woman on the rise, who is passionate about shifting the mindset of society with people sleeping it rough. Alongside Donna from National Homelessness Collective, Lucia has spent tireless hours supporting many people experiencing homelessness, and continues to spread awareness through her media platforms.
National Homeless Collective is a grassroots Australian charity that creates solutions to complex issues arising from homelessness, domestic violence, and social disadvantage.
What A Beach43m
Highlighting environmental organisation “Eco Barge” the ladies travel to far North Queensland and meet Libby Edge, a powerhouse Aussie babe cleaning up the Great Barrier Reef in the Whitsunday region. The ladies explore the islands, whilst removing marine debris to reduce the impact on this majestic natural wonder of the world.
Libby is dedicated to protecting and preserving our marine environment for future generations. She established Eco Barge Clean Seas Inc. after realising the devastating effects that marine debris was having on the local marine life.
Eco Barge Clean Seas Inc. was established in Airlie Beach to engage the community to protect the precious marine life and aquatic environment of the Whitsunday Region.
We follow the ladies & Filipino Melbournian Kaye Anastacio to the Philippines to work with organisation “Gawad Kalinga” – removing entire communities from the slums of Manila into safe housing. The ladies get their hands dirty during a house build & explore the horrific truth of mothers living in makeshift homes built on a garbage dump.
The lovely Kaye Anastacia grew up in the Philippines, and is now living in Melbourne, Australia. Working as a registered nurse, Kaye has a huge heart to see change brought to the poverty with the Philippine slums.
Gawad Kalinga is a Philippine poverty alleviation and nation-building movement known officially as the Gawad Kalinga Community Development Foundation. Its mission is to end poverty for 5 million families by 2024.
Book of Life43m
The ladies head to Gippsland to meet tough but glamorous dairy farmer, Sallie Jones and discuss the mental health issues within the Gippsland farming industry. Whilst the ladies go milking & explore country life, they uncover some devastating stories within local families, before putting on a beautiful soiree in celebration of the courageous farmers.
Co-Founder of Gippsland Jersey, Sallie Jones is a proud mother of 3, from Gippsland Victoria. With a passion to see change brought to the mental well-being of dairy farmers, Sallie is an advocate
The Book Of Life is a joint collaboration between Behind The Sash & Gippslanda, a Gippsland-based quarterly newsletter. This book is a collection of recipes and stories from the farmers, families and residents of Gippsland. All profits from every book purchased are going back into supporting the Gippsland farming community.
Based on the YMCA Music Video Project the ladies head down the coast to Rye to shine a light on the beauty of people with special needs & create a creative music video alongside a new singing Queen Mareshah & Chico Johnson.
In this special episode we dig deeper into the four leading ladies life adversities whilst we follow their journey to visit Sydney golden girl Ally Pinnock. As the ladies sail the Sydney Harbour on an afternoon cruise, they learn of Ally’s own rise through adversity & her ability to use creative arts to heal both herself and others through her art therapy classes at organisation TACT.
Women On The Rise43m
All eight powerhouse women from the previous journey meet together with our leading cast for a rock climbing adventure. Removing all stigma, comparison and competition between women to create true sisterhood, these women display to our next generation the power of unity in preparation for Mrs Australia Final, as we watch the ladies laugh, cry & bond together.
Tonight is the the right we have all been waiting for. Our eight powerhouse humanitarians come together to be celebrated on the Mrs Australia stage. But these women will not compete against each other. They will not be compared or judged! Tonight these women take their power back and recognise EVERY woman is beautiful when she walks out her calling.
Based on the Mrs Australia Official Final… an event that you won’t expect.
“In a meaningful bid to shine the light on heartbreaking stories of injustice and social issues, four former Victorian beauty pageant queens embark on a quest that’s expected to shift the culture of Australian TV for the greater good.” Female.com.au