As a teenage immigrant, Beverley Pinder sought acceptance via charity work and beauty contests. Having represented Australia in the Miss Universe contest, she went into PR, and soon established her own highly successful firm. She served two terms as a Cit y of Melbourne councilor, and supported several charities – which remains a high priority for her. She received a Medal of the Order of Australia in January 2023. Pride without Prejudice is her debut book about her life.