Today we are talking with Keava Hopper from South Australia on of the twenty-eight. Talented and inspiring women from all walks of life who are vying for the title of Miss Universe Australia 2020.
In what has certainly been an unpredictable and unprecedented year of ups and downs we’re thrilled to bring you our ninth year of Miss Universe Australia finalist interviews.
So Keava, why don’t you tell us about yourself?
So I am a childcare teacher working in the industry teaching kindy children, and also I run children parties on the weekends, dressing up as their favourite characters and going to make their birthday special.
I am also studying for my diploma in early childhood education to further my studies and knowledge. In the future I would absolutely love to study disability studies and work with children with disability, this is held very close to my heart because my older brother has down-syndrome, he is my best friend, and it would mean the world to me to be able to give back and teach children with disability.
I have many hobbies such as going to the gym to keep fit, I go to f45 and do KX Pilates which is so important for me to do. I live in the beautiful Adelaide with my family, but recently I was living in Perth for six months which was beautiful.
The Miss Universe Australia program has been on hold since earlier in the year and now making its way towards a virtual final to be held on October 28, What motivated you to enter the Miss Universe Australia Program?
I was really keen to enter this year as I had previously entered in 2018 looking back on 2018 I personally feel I wasn’t ready for the competition, so I thought why not have a year off to find myself and focus on myself and come back and put my best foot forward.
This year has been like no other, how have you been coping so far and what’s been the biggest challenge and positive that has come out of it all?
I won’t lie I have really struggled this year, especially with everything being online with the competition. I have lost motivation fitness-wise, so I feel like I wasn’t prepared enough like I would be. The positive would have to be virtually meeting the other beautiful contestants, I feel really lucky and grateful to (virtually) meet the girls this year, they are all so beautiful inside and out, and all deserve a crown.
With everyone bringing such an individual flair to the competition, what do you think is something that will set you apart from the other contestants?
I really do think that everyone this year is so different, which is wonderful to see. But personally, I think the fact that I really don’t take myself to seriously is a great trait of me and I do believe Miss universe Australia shouldn’t take herself to seriously, just go with the flow kind of girl.
The winner of Miss Universe Australia 2020 will also receive the prestigious Minespec Parts grant worth $20,000 to spend on your education or business startup, what would you do if you received this grant? And would you say your answer has changed now during the current COVID climate?
If I were lucky enough to win the Minespec Parts grant, I would 100% go and study disability studies as I previously said it is so close to my heart and would mean so much if I can work with children who have disabilities and make a difference that way.
First thing you will do when this pandemic ends? I would LOVE to do an Australian tour and go meet all the girls from each state.
Place you will hope to travel to next? I would love to go to Kangaroo Island in South Australia as it has been affected so badly from the previous bushfires it will be great to be able to support local and go there for a holiday.
Have you taken up a new hobby, skill or learnt a new dish during lockdown?
I have a new found love of Pilates; I started in Perth during the lockdown, and since arriving back in Adelaide, I knew I had to get back to it as it made me feel really good.
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.