The first Mrs Australia to take out the title while pregnant, Piper now squeezes in workouts between the nap times of her newborn and toddler (Elsie, 19 months) to get back into shape. However the model turned mother of two has realistic expectations about her post-baby body.
“I’m not striving to get my pre-baby body back – there’s too much pressure on mums these days to go ‘back to the way they were’ and I don’t think that’s a realistic goal. I’ve had two children and there is no hiding that. My focus now is being fit and healthy rather than ‘skinny’.
“As any new mum will tell you, it’s really hard to find the time to workout when you’re taking care of babies! I’m slowly building up my fitness again whenever I have the chance – normally in the evenings or during nap times when my husband is home.”
The Mrs International pageant is not based on looks but one’s contribution to family, charity and community work, as well as the contestants’ level of health and fitness.
“Many of the contestants are mothers and there isn’t an expectation to look the way we did before having children. It’s about embracing our bodies the way they are now.
“I love my post-baby body. I’ve given birth to two precious babies and I have the scars to show it – I wouldn’t change that for the world. They make me proud and remind me just how incredible our bodies are to be able to create life.”
Piper will travel to Jacksonville, Florida USA in July to compete against over 60 countries for the world title of Mrs International. Piper has been a volunteer for Look Good…Feel Better for over 6 years and has recently been appointed as an ambassador. As part of her role as Mrs Australia, Piper is also involved with Mums on a Mission and the Touch of Goodness Foundation.
About Piper O’Neill
Piper O’Neill was recently crowned Mrs Australia 2015 and will travel to Jacksonville, Florida USA to compete against over 60 countries for the world title of Mrs International. Her goal as Mrs Australia is to reach out to other mothers, encouraging them to develop positive feelings about their bodies in order to be positive role models for their children.
Since the age of 9, Piper has been involved with many different charity organisations across the world including; Look Good Feel Better, The Touch of Goodness Foundation, The Cancer Council, Ovarian Cancer Australia, The National Breast Cancer Foundation and Store to Door in the USA.
About the Mrs Australia pageant
Unlike most pageants, the Mrs Australia International pageant is not based on looks but ones contribution to family, charity and community work. The pageant is open to married women from all backgrounds, shapes, and sizes who would like to fulfil personal goals whilst also helping raise awareness for charity work.