Ally Draper - Miss Universe Australia 2021 Finalist Interview
Photo by Jarrad Seng – @jarradseng

Ally Draper – Miss Universe Australia 2021 Finalist Interview


Today we are catching up with Ally Draper of Western Australia, one of the 29 talented and inspiring women from all walks of life who are hoping to be crowned Miss Universe Australia 2021. 

So Ally , why don’t you tell us a little about yourself?

I was born in the UK and moved to Melbourne at the age of 2 before moving to Perth in 2019 for University. I am 21 years old and currently completing my final semester of a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Management and Marketing. Outside of University, I own a small business where I host pamper parties for little girls, which I started two years ago. I love my business, and I find it incredibly rewarding to see young girls feel confident and beautiful in their own skin!

My favourite thing to do is spend quality time with my friends, family and my dog – Harry, a gorgeous Pomeranian. I also love travelling, being in the sun, being creative on social media and anything food-related!

We all have motivations, mine usually revolving around good coffee, but what was your key motivation for entering the Miss Universe Australia competition?

My key motivation for entering the Miss Universe Australia competition was to work on my self-confidence and care less what people’s opinions are of me. Of course, it sounds contradicting as it is a competition and we are judged; however, the whole process of putting yourself out there on the runway, in interviews and on social media has helped me to care less about what people think of me and help me just to do what makes me happy and share what I want to share.
I also entered as it is something I never thought I would have the courage to do, and I have never done anything like Miss Universe before. I had never done modelling, pageants, or any beauty competitions, and I enjoy challenging myself to try new things, which also motivated me to enter Miss Universe Australia.

As part of the program, you recently spent some time up in our hometown of the Gold Coast with the Village Roadshow team; what was the experience like?

My experience on the Gold Coast with Miss Universe Australia and the Village Roadshow team was unforgettable. Our stay at the SeaWorld resort was more than amazing and accommodating. All of our outings to the theme parks, Top Golf, the Outback Spectacular, and more were so much fun and truly an incredible experience. It was a privilege to be a part of this trip, and I am so grateful to the Village Roadshow team for making our time on the Gold Coast enjoyable and memorable.

What would you say was the highlight of your trip?

My highlight of the trip would have to be meeting all the amazing girls from the other states. I have definitely made some friendships that I will cherish for a long time.
The whole experience was particularly special for me as I spent my 21st Birthday with all of the other gorgeous contestants! We started the day at Wet n Wild before having Movie World to ourselves, where we practised our runway walks down the main street, which was the most amazing experience, and the team surprised me with a birthday cake at the end of my runway. Finally, we finished the night with dinner and a show at the Outback Spectacular, which we all really enjoyed – I honestly couldn’t have asked for a more action-packed birthday.

If you win the title of Miss Universe Australia, you will receive the prestigious Minespec Parts Education and Business grant worth $20,000; what would you do with the grant and why?

I’m so fortunate to have made it this far already, but I would put the business grant towards my Pamper Parties For Girls business if I were to win the title. I would love to see it grow and have the resources to run multiple parties on the same day, offer more, and maybe one day have my own space where I hosted the parties. It would be amazing to see the business grow and to be able to hire enthusiastic young women who are just as passionate as me about making young girls feel beautiful in their skin.  

With everyone bringing their own unique and individual flair to the competition, what is something that sets you apart from the other contestants?

The competition is filled with outstanding women who are intelligent, passionate and hard-working. I find being surrounded by so many like-minded and aspirational women really motivating.

One quality that I have and am proud of is my independence. Leaving home at 18 from Melbourne to move to Perth, where I didn’t have any family, was a significant change.
Within a matter of months, I had started up my Pamper Party business, commenced University and made numerous friends along the way.
My drive is something that I have always been proud of, and participating in Miss Universe has been another opportunity that I have taken with both hands. So, who knows what’s next!

The last eighteen months certainly have been challenging for all of us; what would you say has been something you’ve gained or learned from the whole experience?

If there’s anything I have learnt, it has been not to take the present for granted.
Over the last eighteen months, the world has been flipped on its head and taking travel, job security, and health for granted is something I know I won’t do again.
In the future, I won’t take seeing friends, family and loved ones for granted, and I think I’m so fortunate to have learnt that lesson this early in life.  

What is the first thing you hope to do as soon as restrictions are lifted?

Going back to Melbourne to see my family and friends there is something I cannot wait to do!  I wouldn’t mind a bit of travel too – there’s so much of the world that I’m yet to explore!

Final Five Questions

Favourite Place to Travel To?
I love to travel and was lucky enough to fit a lot in before COVID. My favourite would have to be Santorini in the Greek Islands… the sunsets are unbeatable.

The highlight of the last year?
My highlight of the year would have to be doing a runway with a live audience at my Miss West Coast state final. It was a first for me, but the adrenaline and confidence I gained made it a great experience.

What is something people may find interesting about yourself?
My full name is Alysha!

Tell us something you’re passionate about and why?
I am passionate about violence against women as I was a victim myself for many years.
I would like to be a role model for other women and girls and show that something so awful doesn’t have to define you as a person or stop you from achieving your dreams and goals. I am also passionate about educating young women about what they should do if they are a victim themselves or know someone who is being abused, as well as educating young men on what they can do to help solve this issue.

One piece of advice you have for us all?
If there is one thing I have learned through the Miss Universe Australia experience and through life, it is that you shouldn’t care so much what other people think of you. You should always do what makes you feel good and happy, and you should never feel embarrassed or held back because you are worried about feeling judged.

Photo by Jarrad Seng – @jarradseng

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Minespec Parts are proud to be partnering with Miss Universe Australia, Working to empower and support women not just through the Miss Universe Australia pageant and their $20k education and business grant, but through many platforms with various activities across Australia all furthering and supporting women in the workplace.

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