Today we are catching up with Bree Monk of Queensland, one of the 24 talented and inspiring women from all walks of life who are hoping to be crowned Miss Universe Australia 2023 at The Sofitel Melbourne on Collins this Friday.
So, Bree why don’t you tell us a little about yourself?
My name is Bree Monck and I currently reside on the beautiful Gold Coast. I am studying Pharmacy with hopes of becoming a hospital pharmacist working with mothers and children.
I have devoted a significant portion of my life to touch football but have recently found enjoyment in Pilates and taking leisurely walks with my Cocker Spaniel, Ava.
I have engaged in numerous volunteer programs across Vanuatu, the USA, and Australia. I am a passionate advocate of maintaining a wholesome, active lifestyle, whilst also embracing the strength and uniqueness that femininity brings.
We all have motivations, mine usually around good coffee, but what was your key motivation for entering Miss Universe Australia?
There are so many reasons why I chose to enter Miss Universe Australia; however, the main reason being that I found a meaningful purpose through fundraising for sick and disadvantaged children. I have entered a program that’s bigger than myself, to support and serve others. Having the ability to use my love for beauty and fashion to get dressed up for a meaningful cause is the perfect opportunity for me. I have met so many inspiring ladies along this journey that genuinely will be lifelong friends.
As part of the program, you recently went on the National Finalist Trip to Vietnam at Furama Resort Da Nang, what was the experience like?
I embarked on a memorable journey to Vietnam alongside other Miss Universe Australia National Finalists and learnt valuable presenting skills with NIDA, engaged in insightful walking workshops, indulged in elegant lunches & dinners and had so much fun doing my official swim shoot.
This trip was a perfect blend of learning, cultural immersion, glamorous moments, creating lasting memories and forging deeper connections with other inspiring women. I am so grateful.
What would you say was the highlight of your trip?
We had the privilege to visit the VAVA Charity as part of our Miss Universe Australia Vietnam National Finalists trip. This charity supports the lingering effects of the Dioxin/ Agent Orange poisoning in the Vietnamese people. We shared smiles, laughs and danced together as we bonded.
I am genuinely filled with so much joy that we could make a positive and meaningful impact on their day today. I know these moments will stay with me forever and would definitely have to be the highlight of my trip!
With everyone bringing their own unique and individual flair to the program, what is something that sets you apart from the other finalists?
I am extremely humbled by the young women I’m competing against, they are all confident, beautiful and hardworking. To be Miss Universe Australia is both a great honour and responsibility. I would devote all my energies into being a positive force for good, to support and inspire the younger women of Australia. I want to show Australia that I am confidently beautiful with a heart to serve others.
If you could ask our current Miss Universe Australia, Monique Riley, one question, what would it be and why?
I would ask Monique how being Miss Universe Australia 2022 has shaped and impacted her life today. I would ask her how she plans to translate her growth throughout her time as Miss Universe Australia into meaningful contributions to herself and Australia, aligning with her role as a long-term representative and advocate.
Tell us something you’re passionate about and why?
A cause that resonates deeply within my heart is supporting sick and disadvantaged children. During my time on overseas volunteer trips, I’ve seen that kids that are missing out on education and food because their parents are choosing between one or the other to survive. We are so fortunate in Australia, however in 2020, 1.2 million children and young people were found to be still living below the poverty line.
If crowned Miss Universe Australia, I will work tirelessly to ensure that no child’s potential is limited by their circumstances. I would become an advocate for Australian children, supporting them with the opportunity to blossom into the incredible individuals there are meant to be.
To finish up the interview we have a few quick questions
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Gold Coast, I am so proud of our country and grateful to be living the life I’ve always dreamed of.
What’s your ideal way to spend a day off?
Heading down to the Currumbin Beach, letting Ava (puppy) have a swim and grabbing an Iced Matcha after!
What makes you laugh out loud?
Relatable dog videos on social media.