Today we are catching up with Emily Outridge 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, Emily why don’t you tell us a little about yourself?
I’m a 24-year-old Registered Nurse and disability support worker living on the Gold Coast in Queensland. I am passionate about all aspects of women’s health, and in my spare time I enjoy running and dancing.
We all have motivations, mine usually around good coffee, but what was your key motivation for entering Miss Universe Australia?
I love a challenge and trying something new! When the opportunity to enter the Miss Universe Australia program was presented, I was excited to meet some remarkable women and build my confidence by stepping outside my comfort zone.
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?
The National Finalist Trip to Vietnam was incredible! Furama Resort Da Nang exceeded all my expectations and I had a great time. This was the first time meeting the finalists from other states, and I can definitely say I have made some wonderful new friends.
What would you say was the highlight of your trip?
For me, the highlight of the trip was the NIDA course that we were all lucky enough to attend. During the NIDA course, we learnt so much about public speaking and how to communicate effectively in interviews and professional settings. I am so grateful to have had this opportunity, and know these skills will be highly beneficial to many aspects of my life going forward.
With everyone bringing their own unique and individual flair to the program, what is something that sets you apart from the other finalists?
I love a challenge! My motto for this year has been “be scared and do it anyway”. I love learning new things, meeting new people, and I enjoy working hard to achieve my goals.
If you could ask our current Miss Universe Australia, Monique Riley, one question, what would it be and why?
I would ask Monique how she feels she has changed throughout the last year as Miss Universe Australia. I would be interested to know how this experience has shaped her into the person she is today.
Tell us something you’re passionate about and why?
I am passionate about women’s health and safety. Chronic health conditions such as endometriosis have been getting more funding and awareness lately, which is incredible, but there is still a long way to go!
I am committed to making a positive impact in the world, particularly in causes that support and empower women.
To finish up the interview we have a few quick questions
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Honestly, Australia! I would love to spend more time travelling, experiencing other cultures and learning more about the history of other countries. However, I feel so lucky to live on the Gold Coast in Australia.
What’s your ideal way to spend a day off?
Wake up early, meet a friend for a walk or run (+ coffee, of course). Then I would love to spend time with my fiancé as we have been doing long distance the past six months, and he will be coming back from Europe very soon!
What makes you laugh out loud?
It’s probably very lame, but my cat makes me laugh every day, he is crazy.