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Eighteen-year-old TAFE NSW Bankstown Beauty student Isabella Zappia is already making a mark on the beauty industry. Less than halfway through her course, Isabella was recommended by her Beauty Therapy Teacher Farzana Farhat as a make-up artist for the 2019 Miss India beauty pageant.

 Forming part of the Diwali celebrations, Miss India Australia is the first-ever national talent search in Australia for women of Indian origin, affiliated to the Miss India Worldwide in New York.

Isabella was selected to do the make-up for three models taking part in the competition and learnt a lot about the industry from the experience.

“Getting thrown into a busy beauty pageant was exciting but also a bit nerve wracking. It was a great opportunity and I learnt a lot about time management, how to work at the pace they needed. It was definitely lots of fun and I would do it again,” Isabella said.

Beauty and make-up was something that Isabella had always been interested in so upon completing Year 12 she enrolled in the Diploma of Beauty Therapy at TAFE NSW Bankstown.

“Since I was little, I’ve always loved make-up and it just seemed to be the right career path for me.”

Isabella has also been listed as a preferred make-up artist in the recently launched SuperModels Glitz and Glamour magazine, a lifestyle and fashion magazine committed to showcasing women looking for opportunities in the fashion and modelling Industry.

“Studying at TAFE NSW Bankstown is amazing. I’m learning a lot about the industry and a many aspects that I wouldn’t learn if I had tried to teach myself. We are taught everything from work, health and safety, how to run a small business as well as all the tips and tricks of the trade. I am gaining new skills which will help me with my career.”

According to the Australian Government Job Outlook, the number of Beauty Therapists grew very strongly over the past five years and is expected to grow very strongly over the next five years from 36,100 in 2018 to 42,800 by 2023[1].

Isabella will complete her TAFE NSW course in June and she has already set-up her own home studio offering clients make-up services, eye brow/eye lash tinting and waxing.

Looking towards the future, Isabella wants to gain as much experience as she can and eventually would like to move into editorial make-up.

To find out more about studying beauty therapy at TAFE NSW visit or phone 131 601

Media contact: Teresa Lane, TAFE NSW Media and Communications Business Partner 9796 5476, mobile 0412 773 887