Well it is that time of year when the search to find the new Miss Universe Australia begins and this weekend at the Gold Coast Turf Club Stakes Day the judging panel will select the Queensland entrants in the Miss Universe Australia pageant
It is sure to be a sea of hats, frocks, and stilettos as the Champagne flows as the girls take to the stage.
Starting off our weekend of coverage we have a chat with Hannah one of the contestants who will be competing track side this weekend
Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I am 18 years old enjoying living on the Gold Coast surrounded by fashion and living a healthy lifestyle while working as a qualified surf instructor. Horse riding, wakeboarding and keeping fit are what I enjoy in my down time. I am looking forward to studying Marketing in the near future and enjoy spending quality time with my family.
What made you want to enter the Miss Universe pageant?
Miss Universe Australia provides opportunities for contestants to advance their careers, boost confidence and make a difference to the lives of others. I believe in what MIss Universe Australia stands for. It is a chance to learn from others and better myself.
If you are successful in the Miss Universe pageant you will become a role model to many young girls. What do you think are the attributes of a good role model?
Staying true to yourself, having a sound reputation, acting with responsibility and standing up for what you believe in. It is also being prepared to put in the hard yards to achieve your goals.
Who is your role model?
My parents are my role models. They taught me to believe in myself, to never give up and to always follow my dreams.
Other than winning the Miss Universe pageant, what would you say are your biggest aspirations?
To further develope my HVH brand within the modelling/talent industry, turning it into a business supported by a sporting clothing accessory line
As much as the Miss Universe pageant is about the look, it is also about the woman. What do you think you could bring to this role of Miss Universe Australia?
I bring a fresh face representing young women from generation Z. This brings another new social society. To use a quote I read the other day from Ayn Rand – It’s not about who is going to let me, but who is going to stop me.
As a women this ties nicely with why we should accept our rightful empowerment.
What is your best style or beauty secret?
I’m a sporting fashionista who’s beauty secret is using a chocolate face mask at least twice a week.
The Miss Universe pageant has a long history of association with charity. Are there any social causes that are particularly close to your heart that you would like to use the platform of Miss Universe to advance?
Habitat for Humanity is a charity I am passionate about. Building homes and rebuilding lives for those less fortunate is what this charity is about. In the near future I hope to be a volunteer and experience first hand the hard work that goes into making a difference.
If you could give one piece of advice to yourself five years ago, what would it be?
I should have done public speaking at school, like I was suppose to do, instead of spending time trying to sneak out of it.
The Miss Universe pageant is all about empowering women. What do you think is the most important thing when it comes to empowering women?
The most important thing of empowering women is for women in the developed world to realise they are already empowered. Once this is realised and we put ourselves forward as equals in the workplace and society in numbers enough for others to see, it will become evident.
Unfortunately this cannot always be said for some other regions in the world where culture and religion can force women into a life, less empowered.