Well here in Queensland we’ve just wrapped up another sensational Summertime the weather is sparkling, and the search for the next Miss Universe Australia is heading our way with finalists being announced across the country now.
We thought we would kick off our home state interviews with Jasmine Stringer.
Congratulations on making it through to the state finals, why don’t you tell us about yourself?
My name is Jasmine Stringer; I am 21 years old and was born and raised on the Gold Coast. I am a 3rd year Bachelor of Education student, and I also work part-time as a model and social media manager. My work as a model and brand ambassador has taken me all over the world. I’ve travelled to so many beautiful places, but there’s no place that I love more than my home Australia. I’ve worked with many charities, but for the past few years, I’ve been raising awareness of the damaging effects of Domestic Violence in Australia. I am an avid equestrian and competed in dressage and hacking for many years.
We all have motivations, Mine usually revolves around coffee ☕ but what was your key motivation for entering the Miss Universe Australia competition?
I’ve always strived to be a positive role model for young women, and the Miss Universe Australia competition gives me the opportunity to make a stronger positive impact both here in Australia and around the world. I also know that this competition will provide an incredible platform for me to speak publicly about the causes that I am passionate about. I genuinely love being on stage and meeting new people, and Miss Universe Australia opens an abundance of career opportunities. Troy and Sophia have developed a fantastic program that helps inspire us all to be confidently beautiful in our own unique ways. On top of all of that, I really want to be the woman who brings the Miss Universe crown home to Australia.
What part of the Miss Universe Australia program are you most looking forward to?
The Bali trip!! The contestants who are selected as National Finalists are given the opportunity to travel to Bali with the entire Miss Universe Australia team. I was part of this trip back in 2016, and it was such an incredible experience. They’ve announced that the girls will be staying at Alila resorts this year which looks absolutely amazing, so I have got my fingers crossed!
We are all unique so what would you say is something that makes you stand out from the other contestants?
I’ve been working towards this for years, so I think my passion and bubbly personality will help me to stand out from the crowd. I’m the type of person who can have a conversation with anyone, and I’ve always got time to say hello. I’m also quite tall, so that helps 😉Photograph by Tyra Jane Gunnis
With the state finals, just a few days away, has your routine changed at all?
The Miss Universe Australia competition has really inspired me to look after my body. I’m a total foodie and probably always will be. However, leading up to the state finals I’ve been making healthier food choices and really starting to learn about having a balanced diet. I’ve also taken my workouts to the next level thanks to F45 Bulimba. I try to work out four times a week and go for a quick walk every morning before work/uni. Just a 20-minute walk in the morning makes me feel so much better and sets the tone for a good day. I’ve become totally hooked on F45 training and definitely recommend heading to a session if you haven’t tried it yet!
What is something that you hope to bring out of the Miss Universe Australia pageant?
A crown would be nice of course 😉 But more importantly, I would love to use this pageant as a platform for personal growth. It’s crazy to look back at my experience in the 2016 competition and realise how much I matured and grew as a person. The Miss Universe Australia pageant inspired me to be the best version of myself and provided a platform for me to speak out on the causes that are important to me. I aim to use the Miss Universe Australia pageant as a voice to raise awareness of Domestic Violence in Australia and also be a positive role model. I plan to one day develop a mentoring program for young girls in school, and I know that the Miss Universe Australia pageant can help this dream become a reality.
What is the funniest thing that has happened to you recently?
I was at an F45 session, and we were doing squat jumps onto small metal frames/boxes. My landing was a little off (aka I completely missed the frame) and I stacked it in front of the whole class! I totally tried to play it cool until I got home and noticed the huge bruised lump on my leg… oops!
How would your closest friend describe you?
I thought it would be best to get some honest answers, so I quickly messaged a few of my closest friends. Here are some of their responses: Hardworking, driven, compassionate, intelligent, fun and outgoing. Someone who can instantly connect with anyone and eats way more than you would expect.
Name five things you can’t live without?
1. Family & Friends 2. My pets 3. My phone (As much as I don’t like to admit it) 4. Music 5. Chocolate!
Why did you choose to study Education?
Teachers play such a vital role in developing the people of our future into kind, hardworking and intelligent people. I am fascinated by the way our minds work and grow, and there’s nothing more rewarding than working with children. I’m not sure if I see myself working full time as a teacher in the near future, but I’ve absolutely loved studying this degree. Like I mentioned earlier, I hope that one day I can use the knowledge I’ve gained from my degree to roll out a mentoring program focused on youth health and wellbeing in alignment with the Australian Curriculum. This program would help young girls in schools learn about deportment, etiquette, self-esteem, the importance of a clean and healthy social media presence, health and fitness!
Editor of @GC_MAG Australia, Currently living by the mantra life is too short for bad coffee