By Lucy Notarantonio
A glamorous mother and daughter – who look more like sisters – are thanking each other for their pageant success after stepping on stage together for the first time.
Mum-of-three, Tammy Roberts, 42, from Perth, Australia, decided to enter her first pageant last year after her daughter, Jourdyn, 18 was on the verge of giving up on the competitions.
Jourdyn – an administrator – had received negative comments from her peers at school, something that had knocked her confidence.
But that was until her mum, Tammy, stepped in and decided the pair should enter pageants together so they could spend some ‘quality time’ with one another.
Tammy, who is a cheerleading coach, went on to win the Ms Galaxy Australia 2018 title despite being 20 years old than other contestants and after only entering to support her daughter.
Tammy said: “Jourdyn loved pageants but when I found out her friends weren’t being supportive, I felt like I had no choice but to enter myself to support her.
“I wasn’t in competition with anyone, I was just there for Jourdyn and to experience something new.
“It all came very natural to me, I didn’t feel like I had to prove anything, so I was just myself.
“I enjoyed everything, one of my favourite outfits was the eco-round, where we wore matching red dresses, we chose these as she followed me in my dance footsteps, and I followed her in pageantry.
“It was a truly an amazing experience, our bond was strengthened and I got to see the world from her eyes.
“I loved being there for Jourdyn for every step of the way and I couldn’t believe it when I had won.
“My life has changed so much, I have been on the TV, radio and had become a clothing ambassador for local stores.”
The glam duo also raised hundreds of dollars for an Alzheimer’s charity which was close to home as a family member had recently passed away due to the disease.
Jourdyn said: “I was being mocked at school about the pageants so I felt disheartened to enter again.
“My mum knew deep down that I didn’t want to give up which is why she entered the competition and I’m so glad she did.
“It was nice for us to switch roles, I felt like I was the mum giving her tips on how to do her hair and makeup.
“I knew my mum would win from the start, because she is so confident and pretty, she wasn’t fazed that the other women in her division were ten years younger.
“She had it in the bag and being by my side throughout helped me achieve first runner up, I had never got that far before and only previously placed in the top ten.
“All of the other girls couldn’t believe she was my mum as she looks so young and they wished they were able to do something like this with theirs.
“I feel lucky to have done this together, we raised money together and people really liked that we were doing this as mother and daughter as that made us unique.”