We’re excited it’s that time of the year again when we get to introduce you to the contestants of Miss Universe Australia. We’re kicking off our eighth year of finalist interviews with Justine Heron from Western Australia, one of the twenty-eight talented, and inspiring contestants from all walks of life who are vying for the title of Miss Universe Australia 2019.
So Justine, why don’t you tell us about yourself?
My name is Justine, I’m a September baby and I am 21 years old. I was born and raised in Kirkcaldy Scotland, moving to Perth in 2005 when I was just 7 years old. I am currently working in childcare and have just recently finished my studies making me now fully qualified. I have always loved children, making my job certainly more enjoyable as each day I get make the little ones smile. I would probably best describe myself as having a very smiley, caring personality as well as a little crazy side once you get to know me.
What would you say was your motivation for entering Miss Universe Australia?
Entering Miss Universe Australia was a way for me to step out of my comfort zone and to help build my confidence. I have always found I stick to what is comfortable so this was definitely something new for me.
The program is certainly full of amazing experiences in the lead-up to finals, You’ve just returned from the National Finalist Trip to Bali staying at the sensational Alila Hotels. How was this experience?
I will say Bali was definitely an experience to remember. I was surrounded by such inspiration women, including former Miss Universe Australia winners and I found it really opened up my mind. We were lucky enough to be involved in some amazing programs whilst over there and I am overly grateful for being able to experience it.
The Bali Trip is a combination of finals boot camp, personal development and team bonding exercise with a tropical escape thrown in for good measure, what would you say are some of the best things you’ll take away from the trip?
Coming away from the trip I would say some of the best things I’ve taken away, would be a boost to my confidence as well as some amazingly formed friendships.
So now you’re home and, winter has set in and the finals are only just around the corner, how are you feeling in the leadup to Melbourne and what sort of preparation are you doing before finals week?
I am feeling really calm and excited in the lead up to Melbourne and am definitely working a lot on myself. My preparation is consisting of a clean eating making sure my energy levels are kept high and my skin healthy.
With so many of you all bringing an individual flair to the competition, what do you think sets you apart from the other contestants?
I feel we are all individual and different in our own way making us all stand out from each other. I can’t sit and point something out about myself because I feel everyone has something special about them.
Your next question comes from Simon Ross of Minespec Parts
If you were lucky enough to receive the Minespec Parts Grant of $20,000 to put towards your education or business startup, what would you spend it on and why?
If I were lucky enough to receive the grant from Minespec Parts I would put this towards by study at University which I am hoping to study nursing to eventually become a pediatric nurse.
What is something people might find interesting about yourself?
Something that I have found a lot of people find interesting about me is the fact that I am Scottish, this is something that not many people pick when they see me.
What is the funniest thing that has happened to you or someone you know recently?
The funniest thing that comes to mind that has happened to me recently was when I was walking to my room in the dark (which I hate the dark) and went to go open my sliding glass door when I saw my reflection and freaked out.
As a child, what did you think would be awesome about being an adult, but isn’t as awesome as you thought it would be?
When I was a child all I wanted was to grow up and be an adult, but since becoming an adult I definitely realised there’s a lot more responsibilities that I didn’t know about
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
in 10 years time I see myself having finished my nursing degree in pediatric nursing and traveling around to 3rd world countries helping in the hospitals with sick children/adults.
Justine is also helping raise money for Toybox International as part of her Miss Universe Journey; Please consider donating by clicking here.
Minespec Parts are proud to be the presenting sponsor for 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.