Early life and Education
Lucia Hou was born in Laos in 1976. When she was just one year old her family fled Laos, escaping in a canoe across the Mekong River and finally settling in Australia. The youngest of 11 siblings, Hou’s childhood was spent in a multicultural family environment of love, encouragement, and compassion.
Road to success
Hou made the most of the ample opportunities she found in Australia to become a successful business owner, photographer, media manager and winner of several beauty queen titles. From her initial training as a painter and plasterer, she is now the owner of her own home maintenance and renovations company, as well as owner and creative director of a professional photography studio.
In 2016 Hou moved from being behind the lens to being in front of it, winning the Peoples’ Choice award at the Mrs. Globe Australia beauty pageant, followed by the Ms. Oceania crown in 2018. In the same year, she was presented with the International Woman of the Year award by World Class Beauty Queen for her philanthropy work around the world. Featured in over 50 magazines and news articles, Influential People magazine recognized Hou as Top 10 Influential Woman of the Year in 2018/2019, and Woman of the Decade in 2020.
Hou’s focus is on influencing positive outcomes for change and empowerment and she works tirelessly across many different platforms. She is the current ambassador for Project Karma, National Homeless Collective, and Bully Zero Australia Foundation. In 2019 she was appointed Multicultural Community Engagement Committee Leader & Ambassador for the Mental Health Foundation Australia.
Projects and organizations Lucia supports
Karma is an Australian based not-for-profit charity organization whose mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and protect all children from sexual slavery and abuse. The project’s framework Sentinel Model aims to educate and empower local communities, change laws, create local investigation teams and provide a clear, accepted, and fit-for-purpose rehabilitation process that puts the needs of the child first. This approach has proven its effectiveness and sustainability in Southeast Asia and India.
The National Homeless Collective is a grassroots Australian charity whose projects respond to the needs of people living in crisis and distress, creating solutions to complex issues arising from homelessness, domestic violence, and social disadvantage. The charity employs women currently experiencing homeless as well as those at risk, while its board is entirely volunteer-run and comprised of 90% women and 60% Indigenous people.
Bully Zero is Australia’s leading bullying prevention charity. It delivers a range of evidence-based education programs to young people, parents, teachers and employees, advocates to governments and other key stakeholders for changes to policy and legislation and provides support for victims of bullying and their families.
The Mental Health Foundation Australia is the leading provider of inclusive advocacy, awareness, education, support, and research to promote better mental health for all, working in collaboration with governments, individuals, and mental health-related agencies, groups and organizations.