Ella van Seters - Miss Universe Australia 2021 Finalist Interview
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Ella van Seters – Miss Universe Australia 2021 Finalist Interview


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

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

I am a ‘SAY YES TO LIFE’ kind of girl! I intend to live each day with joy and gratitude, soaking up as many unique experiences as I can. My parents are both Dutch, and I was born in Cape Town, South Africa.
I am also a Communications, Advertising and PR student in Brisbane. I work two days a week at a gorgeous bar as a host and model for brands that I energetically align with.

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

I am determined to evolve in every way I can, which involves pushing through personal boundaries to grow stronger. Miss Universe Australia has facilitated an incredible boost of confidence for me. Ever since the first round of the competition, I have realised just how passionate I am about creating a life that I love for myself. But, for me, I can’t grow if I stay comfortable. So I decided to throw myself into a new and beautiful adventure to learn more about who I am.

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 parents immigrated to the Gold Coast from South Africa, so I spent most of my younger years growing up with a beachy, relaxed lifestyle. I genuinely feel that the Gold Coast is my home! The Village Roadshow team was exceptionally generous and kind, and I can confidently speak for all finalists when I say it was an unforgettable experience.

What would you say was the highlight of your trip?

I have always been extremely forward and honest, speaking my mind at every chance I get. While this has not always been accepted by my peers, this competition is all about that. We all feel so comfortable and heard while we speak of our passions and hopes for Australia. It is a privilege to have a space where quality and respectful conversations are held, especially when Troy Barbagallo hosts a fiery debate. All opinions were always welcome for discussion, and that was a standout highlight for me.

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?

Performing arts has always been close to my heart. I would create and perform drama pieces in front of massive audiences in high school with my newly formed best friends. This was essential for me to develop my confidence and creativity. If I won the Minespec grant, I would start a mobile performing arts business to visit high schools and teach acting and scriptwriting to students with a talented team.

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

I really wear my whole heart on my sleeve. I am an open book and always myself, no matter who I am around. I spent a lot of my life dialling my personality down to fit in, but I just do not align with that anymore.

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?

My independence. I have learnt that if you are comfortable and content being alone with yourself, you truly can do anything. I believe that during the pandemic, this has become quite a widespread idea. We were forced to look inward while everything on the outside was being shaken up. We couldn’t hug friends and family and had to give ourselves extra love and self-care to cope. With restrictions in Brisbane slowly lifting, this is something I will continue to do.

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

I would love to visit all of my family in the Netherlands.

Final Five Questions

Favourite Place to Travel To?
Bora Bora was unreal, but anywhere I can swim with sharks!

The highlight of the last year?
This has been the year that I have personally developed the most, and I am honestly incredibly proud of that.  

What is something people may find interesting about yourself?
I am an adventure kid! I was on Camp Orange (Nickelodeon), I had my black belt in Taekwondo when I was 12, and I have cascaded down a freezing waterfall that took 7 hours in New Zealand and swam with sharks too many times to count.

Tell us something you’re passionate about and why?
I am an advocate for mindful thinking, learning, living and thriving. At my core, I believe each human being is a gift to the Universe. Having experienced an eating disorder, I truly know how it feels to be unaware of intrusive and dangerous thoughts. I have learnt to separate my subconscious mind from my true self and wish to bring more public awareness to unhealthy habits and change them through the mind. 

One piece of advice you have for us all?
You can be the juiciest, ripest peach in the world, and there will still be people who don’t like peaches (and that is ok too!).

Ella van Seters - Miss Universe Australia 2021 Finalist Interview

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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.