Today we are catching up with Hannah Miller of South Australia, one of the 29 talented and inspiring women from all walks of life who are hoping to be crowned Miss Universe Australia 2021.
So Hannah , why don’t you tell us a little about yourself?
My name is Hannah; I am 20 years old, from Adelaide in South Australia. At the moment, I am 2 years into my Registered Nursing degree and loving it – Healthcare is truly where my passion lies. In my spare time, I love spending time with my family and friends, going for dinner and drinks as well as singing and playing music!
We all have motivations, mine usually revolving around good coffee, but what was your key motivation for entering the Miss Universe Australia competition?
I entered Miss Universe Australia because I want to be that advocate that people can look up to, come to and admire. I believe that healthcare does not just stay in the hospital and is all around us that we need to acknowledge and look after. With my experiences and knowledge, I believe that I can be that someone that can be an advocate for mental health as well as physical health and attempt to listen to the vulnerable.
I entered Miss Universe because, growing up; I always wanted to see that figure online who showed their following that they struggled with a mental illness rather than just hiding it. Although nowadays it is becoming more common, I want to be that person that is open with their life, can share my story and help others by how honest and true.
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?
Absolutely incredible. We got looked after like queens; all of the parks were everything I had ever dreamed of; my Miss Universe swimwear shoot with Rusty Swimwear was located in the dolphin sanctuary, and it was just magical.
I honestly never would have imagined an opportunity like this.
Sea world was so interesting. I never thought I was going to learn so much about all the incredible things Sea World do; unfortunately, to some, Sea World has somewhat of a nasty reputation, and it was refreshing to hear what Sea World do in the community and being able to spread the word of what actions they are taking.
As part of the program, you recently spent some What would you say was the highlight of your trip?
The highlight of the trip was getting to know some of the most incredible, inspiring and like-minded yet so unique bunch of women. It was truly eye-opening and comforting to know that these women are the face of our next generation which gives me all the hope in the world. I could not speak more highly of the women I was surrounded by for a whole generous week.
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 lucky enough to win Miss Universe Australia and be granted the $20,00 from Minespec Parts, my business idea would be to put that money towards improving the lives of cancer patients, carers and guardians. I would love to know ways on how to support these incredible carers and what they do for their loved ones. So often, when people are diagnosed with cancer, it is a no brainer for their loved one to step up and become their carer, and I believe that ensuring their life is lived to the fullest is extremely important. I would use this grant to take the first step in finding out exactly how we can better their lives and what we can do to help them.
With everyone bringing their own unique and individual flair to the competition, what is something that sets you apart from the other contestants?
Although we are all extremely different and unique to one another positively, I believe that what sets me apart from the other contestants is my world experience, my healthcare knowledge and care, and my life experience at such a young age. A
s a 17 – 18-year-old, I lived in multiple big cities overseas, figuring out who I was and learning about the world through a different lens. As a result, I truly became familiar with the meaning of world experience and independence at a young age and what it meant to travel the world.
On top of that, my knowledge and experience in the healthcare industry are like no other. Yes, I work in a hospital and am dedicated to my nursing studies, but I also have a world of knowledge and experience in the mental health area. As mentioned before, I believe that healthcare is all around us and not just in the hospital, and I know I can bring that wealth of knowledge to a social media platform and share my experiences so others can learn and reach out to me.
With everyone bringing their own unique and 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?
The past 18 months have been wild in self-growth. There was a time in my life, early COVID, when everything was beginning to be cancelled, where I had no online uni, no work and no purpose of getting up in the morning.
Throughout this time, I have learnt that doing nothing is absolutely okay. Resting is okay. Not exercising every day is okay. I learnt to do things for myself, and how to be alone and really, truly switch off for periods of time.
What is the first thing you hope to do as soon as restrictions are lifted?
Head straight to Bali and give to their economy as they rely heavily on Australian tourism. It breaks my heart to think about the struggling families and countries affected this way by COVID.
Final Five Questions
Favourite Place to Travel To?
The highlight of the last year?
MUA Gold Coast trip, of course! Getting on a plane in these times are sacred. So lucky we got this opportunity.
What is something people may find interesting about yourself?
Although I love getting glammed up and putting a fancy dress on, I also love playing club footy with my friends.
Tell us something you’re passionate about and why?
Ambulance ramping. Here in SA and other states, ambulances are forced to wait outside of hospitals with their patients in the back with serious conditions because there are not enough beds and staff to accommodate the number of people needing to be seen. This then leads to ambulances not being able to get to homes and situations fast enough, leaving many people to wait for ambulances in an emergency situation for hours in life or death situations. Government funding needs to be increased.
One piece of advice you have for us all?
The ones who matter don’t mind, and the ones who mind don’t matter.
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.