Kelsey Pesola goes through a workout. Courtesy photo

Kelsey Pesola goes through a workout. Courtesy photo

Pesola, Soni earn nominations for The Global Beauty Awards show

  • Friday, February 23, 2018 1:58pm
  • Life

Redmond residents Kelsey Pesola and Menka Soni are official nominees for The Global Beauty Awards show (TBGAs).

Pesola, a Sea Gal, is a nominee for Best in Physical Fitness, and Soni is a nominee for Best Costume, Best Director (local) and Best Non Profit.

TGBAs is taking place March 10 at the Hyatt Regency in Bellevue. There are more than 30 categories recognizing the best of the best worldwide from all pageant systems, including titleholders, contestants, makeup artists and coaches, to directors, producers, parents and more.

“There are major awards shows for actors, athletes, musicians and others, but there’s none that celebrates those on a global scale who have had some kind of pageantry involvement and excelled in business, science, politics, entertainment and more,” said Maureen Francisco, co-founder and executive producer of TGBAs.

Paula M. Shugart, president of the Miss Universe Organization (MUO), will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award for her accomplishments in empowering women through business and entertainment. MUO is owned by WME|IMG, the global leader in entertainment, sports, events, media and fashion.

Pesola is a general partner and chief operating officer of Kinetics Fitness Brand. She started her career in fitness even before she earned her degree in exercise science from Seattle University by interning at a physical therapy office and also a personal training facility. Working so closely with patients and clients, her love for the industry only grew. “I love the people that I work with because they truly inspire me with their passion and desire to change their lives. This inspiration drives me to always seek to better myself. Fitness is so much more than a hobby, it is a lifestyle. A lifestyle that I’m happy and fortunate enough to share with everyone I work with,” she said.

Soni, a Lucknow, India, native, left her job in IT to pursue her passion of fashion and empowering other women. Soni is the owner of Ravishing Marketplace, a clothing company, and Washington state director of Mrs., Teen and Miss India pageants, in which she helps young Indian girls pursue their dreams in modeling and acting.

More in Life

Redmond Lights will take place Dec. 7 and 8. Photo courtesy of city of Redmond Facebook
Redmond Lights will have new additions this year

The parks and recreation department shared a preview of the festival with city council.

NAMI volunteer Jesse Levine, director Michele Meaker, and volunteer Cole Swanson after their End the Silence presentation. Stephanie Quiroz/staff photo
NAMI Eastside: Ending the stigma of mental health

NAMI Eastside offers advocacy, education, and support to those affected by mental illness.

Photo courtesy of The Bear Creek School 
                                Bear Creek National Honor Society students from left, Kate McDonough, Chuck McDonough, James Wadhwani, Tyler Doyle, Benjamin Ferreira, Kathryn Sutherland, Ryan Bracewell, Nelson Sun and Annemarie Mullet delivered food donations to the Hopelink food bank in Redmond.
Bear Creek food drive brings in six and a half tons of food

The school’s National Honor Society chapter organized the drive and the food was donate to Hopelink.

For veterans, there’s no better cause to push than helping other vets

Jim Curtis and Mark Gorman are two of many veteran advocates on the Eastside.

Fairwinds-Redmond to honor veterans

WWII veterans Morten Joslin and Nick Nichols share their stories.

Alejandro, 6, and Elizabeth, 8, Camacho from Woodinville with their sugar skulls at the Día de los Muertos event on Nov. 2 at the Centro Cultural Mexicano in Redmond. Stephanie Quiroz/staff photo
Redmond celebrates Día de los Muertos

The Day of the Dead event celebrates the lives of departed loved ones.

From left: National Merit Scholarship semifinalists Rita Luk, Lauren Shen, Nelson Sun and commended students Andrew Hom and Matthew Jensen. Courtesy photo of Bear Creek School
Three Bear Creek School students named National Merit semifinalists

Two more students were recognized as national commended students.

The team that created Vitality, the first-prize winning app. Courtesy photo
DelBene hosts annual app-a-thon for local students

Students from Redmond place in competition.

Staying fit through the holidays

It is possible to train yourself to exercise as part of who you are.

In 1967 Nokomis Club of Redmond sponsored a tea at the local branch of the King County Library system to commemorate National Library Week. Photo courtesy of Redmond Historical Society Facebook
110 years of community investment

The Nokomis club celebrates their 110th Anniversary.

Queen Latifah headlines Hopelink’s Reaching Out luncheon Oct. 21. From left: Queen Latifah, luncheon chairs Lynne Varner and Paul Hollie, and Hopelink CEO Lauren Thomas. Madison Miller/staff photo
Queen Latifah headlines Hopelink’s annual fundraiser

Hopelink raised about $1.15 million at the annual fundraiser.

Green Redmond Day is on Oct. 26. Photo courtesy of Alex Christians
Plant trees to celebrate Green Redmond Day

Planting events will take place at numerous park sites on Oct. 26.