Today we are catching up with Jasmine Stringer 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 Jasmine , why don’t you tell us a little about yourself?
My name is Jasmine Stringer, and I am 24 years old. I work amongst two very contrasting works as a Model and as a Primary School Teacher. I’m Gold Coast born and raised and a real people person. I love being out and about exploring this incredible city of ours. Whilst I love the beach and all of the glitz and glam, nothing beats heading out to the hinterland to my horse and going for a ride!
We all have motivations, mine usually revolving around good coffee, but what was your key motivation for entering the Miss Universe Australia competition?
This is not my first time taking part in Miss Universe Australia. I love it so much; I just keep coming back, haha. I see Miss Universe Australia as an opportunity to make a significant impact in this world or universe rather, and I want to spread a message of perseverance. Perseverance is the key to success, and I know it’s important to to “get back on the horse’ and keep moving forward.
I often talk to my students about never giving up and reaching for the stars. What better way to encourage others to live their dreams than leading by example. This journey has been a long one for me, and I’ve amassed an incredible support network along the way. I’ve learnt that this program is a valuable tool for personal growth and an opportunity to amplify my voice. Making my friends, family and supporters proud is a huge motivation for me – I’m doing this for them!
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?
The National finalists trip was one of the best weeks of my life! The week was jam-packed with activities throughout the Village Roadshow venues full of fun, thrills, adrenaline, education, and so much more. Sea World resort took care of us and felt like a home away from home.
It was a really beautiful time getting to know the other finalists and making what I believe will be some amazing lifelong friendships. Amongst all of the restrictions and craziness Australia has experienced again this year, I feel so lucky to have had the opportunity to meet most of the other National finalists and show off what the Gold Coast has to offer!
What would you say was the highlight of your trip?
Every day brought something different and exciting; we swam with sharks at SeaWorld, embarked on a true Aussie experience at Outback Spectacular, rode the Hypercoaster 4 times in a row, and so much more.
The walking classes with Thelma Rodriguez Williams became a chance to look and feel confident and to celebrate each and every woman in this program.
After dark, strutting down the Main Street of Movie World was definitely a highlight; It felt like an absolute superstar moment. The atmosphere was electric, everyone was cheering each other on, and we all just had a really great time.
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?
The Minespec Parts $20,000 business/education grant is an incredible incentive that helps ensure every woman in Miss Universe Australia know their purpose and encourages us to put strategies and plans in place to fulfil these goals.
Considering the many events in 2021 within our society, parliament and workplaces surrounding the mistreatment of women, I feel privileged to be aligned with such a proactive and forward-thinking business through Miss Universe Australia. I am grateful for the opportunity if I am named Miss Universe Australia to be empowered by Minespec Parts to launch a company that promotes female and youth empowerment as part of its core purpose.
My mission is to develop a program rolled out through Australian schools focusing on essential life skills and social and emotional support for students as they prepare to enter the workforce. Like “Healthy Harold” ? but for resumes, etiquette, deportment, public speaking, presenting for a job interview, and so much more. My plan is to implement a program delivered throughout Australian schools, teaching essential life skills in an engaging and informative way. This is where Minespec Parts and Miss Universe Australia align to potentially turn this dream into a reality!
With everyone bringing their own unique and individual flair to the competition, what is something that sets you apart from the other contestants?
Each woman truly does bring an individual flair, and that is what makes this program so exciting!
I embarked on a journey to achieve this goal a really long time ago, and I believe that I embody what it takes to be Miss Universe in all that I do. I am ambitious, every path that I follow is purpose-driven, and l believe in my ability to create opportunities for myself and others.
Having worked amongst male-dominated industries, in leadership roles, in my own business, and so much else in between – I am confident that I can hold my own and show up with charisma and kindness in any situation. You can ask anyone who knows me; they will verify that I love to talk and really can chat to almost anyone for hours on end.
I am friendly and kind but also fierce and determined. I am ready to show up as ‘Australia’ on the Miss Universe stage.
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?
I have a much stronger appreciation for the importance of human connection. The impact a simple smile or a hug can have on someone’s mood is extraordinary, and it’s something that we’ve been missing due to masks and other restrictions. It is so important to surround ourselves with love and happiness, and learning to do that virtually in many situations has been a challenge! Thankfully, QLD has been extremely lucky and haven’t experienced intense restrictions anywhere near as much as our fellow Aussie’s in VIC and NSW. It’s been difficult watching others struggle through these times. These challenges have also helped me to gain a more profound sense of adaptability. Being flexible and adaptable is a necessary skill and even more so during these times.
What is the first thing you hope to do as soon as restrictions are lifted?
I don’t know about you, but I think a 2021 National finalist trip 2.0 should be on the cards… This time, with Team VIC too ? I just can’t wait to travel freely and give all of my friends a family a big hug.
Final Five Questions
Favourite Place to Travel To?
Central America! Travelling to Nicaragua was an incredible experience.
The highlight of the last year?
The SeaWorld trip!
What is something people may find interesting about yourself?
I volunteer as a tutor for children who are migrants and refugees. It’s an amazing program and a very rewarding role.
Tell us something you’re passionate about and why?
I am incredibly passionate about education and believe it is the most powerful tool that we can use to tackle even the most challenging social issues. Domestic violence is a social issue that is very sentimental to me and affects all of us. It affects our communities, friends, family, legal systems, children and, disproportionately, women. I will continue to create noise surrounding this issue and advocate for us all to be a part of the solution.
One piece of advice you have for us all?
When faced with challenges, adversity or disappointment, I’ve realised that there’s so much pressure in today’s society to get back to it right away and always be in a positive frame of mind. I’d like to challenge this idea. When you believe in your goal, and you fall short; It’s okay to be disappointed and take the time to reflect on your situation. There needs to be a turning point, though, when you remind yourself of your purpose. Perseverance is the key to success, and I hope to inspire others to do the same. So, if you’re sitting here reading this and relating it back to a goal that you might have, I encourage you to go for a walk outside and take a notepad. Find a nice spot to sit down and write about your “Why” followed by your “How”. Then, ‘get back on the horse’ and persevere.
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.