Today we are catching up with Emily Ward of Victoria, one of the 29 talented and inspiring women from all walks of life who are hoping to be crowned Miss Universe Australia 2021.
So Emily , why don’t you tell us a little about yourself?
Thank you guys so much for speaking to me today; this is actually my first magazine interview, so I’m pretty excited! I’m a 23-year-old first-generation Aussie who was raised in Melbourne, and I feel super fortunate to have grown up in such a gorgeous country. I graduated from Monash University in 2019 with a Bachelor of Science majoring in Geosciences and a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Sociology. I am passionate about sustainability, the history of our planet, and its beautifully diverse human population. I have two foster dogs and a large immediate family who I’ve been so grateful to be around throughout Melbourne’s extensive lockdowns.
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 Miss Universe Australia was believing that I could grow and foster a solid platform to advocate for broader social issues. I want to be a passionate, educated, feminist presence throughout my reign and beyond to hopefully be a role model for other Australian women.
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?
If I were so fortunate to win the title, I would put this generous grant towards building a sustainable business from the ground up. Unfortunately, I think that companies often care less about where their product comes from and the conditions in which they were created and more about profit margins.
Whilst, of course, this is a crucial aspect of business, the flippant attitude towards sustainability and ethical labour sourcing is beyond disappointing and frankly unacceptable, in my opinion, in 2021. I would like to lead by example and showcase what a sustainable, ethical and transparent business looks like, as I feel these three things should be the bare minimum.
With everyone bringing their own unique and individual flair to the competition, what is something that sets you apart from the other contestants?
I work as a full-time content creator, meaning I have the skills to grow and connect with individuals from all over the world! I love to showcase my personality, particularly on my daily stories and through videos, as I feel this is the best way for followers to interact with and get to know who I am. In my opinion, static images can’t truly capture the intricacies of someone’s character. I regularly work with brands and am passionate about producing great content for them to utilise, so should additional sponsorship opportunities arise, I am capable of working with and fostering great professional and industry connections. I am always up for new experiences and am always grateful for the opportunity to learn from others.
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?
While the pandemic has certainly been extremely challenging in many ways, I think we should celebrate just how adaptable we were when the world as we knew it was seemingly ripped from underneath our feet. In a matter of months, we were able to develop new routines, meaningfully connect with people in a non-physical way, and appreciate the little things we had around us when we perhaps felt like we had nothing at all.
For me personally, the lockdowns came at a time when I needed to get more in touch with who I was and who I wanted to be and take charge of my life. As a result, I have never felt more secure, content, driven and aligned with my values more so than I do now as a result of the pandemic.
What is the first thing you hope to do as soon as restrictions are lifted?
I hope to travel around this gorgeous country that we get to call home, as after being cooped up in Melbourne for so long, I am itching to experience other states and cities! I think it’s super important to support local Australian business now more than ever, and I can’t wait to be a tourist in my own country!
Final Five Questions
Favourite Place to Travel To?
Anywhere and everywhere! I’m always up for new experiences, but ideally somewhere with sun, sand and cocktails.
The highlight of the last year?
Getting to spend so much time at home with my family and dogs!
What is something people may find interesting about yourself?
How much of a big and proud nerd I am, I’m always spitting out fun facts whenever I have the opportunity to as I love learning and sharing what I find interesting.
Tell us something you’re passionate about and why?
I’m passionate about sustainability and doing what I can do to make the world a more loving, tolerant, happy and informed place.
One piece of advice you have for us all?
Give yourself the permission to rest when you need to, and don’t feel guilty about doing so. Sometimes just existing can be exhausting and it has been a challenging year and a half for us all so take that break!
Thank you to
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.