Today we are catching up with Kya Pedrick of Western 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 Kya , why don’t you tell us a little about yourself?
Hello Everyone, I am 25 years old and currently work part-time in retail whilst running my own lash business on the side. I’m deeply passionate about conserving our environment and finding ways to reduce my impact, whether that be in my food, fashion or lifestyle choices.
We all have motivations, mine usually revolving around good coffee, but what was your key motivation for entering the Miss Universe Australia competition?
I gained so many amazing friendships, experiences and personal growth from the program last year that I wanted to use what I learnt and utilise the Miss Universe Australia platform to advocate for issues I’m passionate about.
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?
It was incredible! We were welcomed with open arms and were treated to the most jam-packed week full of great activities; I even got to go in a helicopter!
What would you say was the highlight of your trip?
Meeting the other contestants, I was lucky enough to be a part of Miss Universe Australia last year. Unfortunately, we were not able to meet everyone due to COVID, so I am so grateful to have met all these incredible women and made such unforgettable memories.
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?
Having previously worked in dental (specifically orthodontics) for many years, I noticed a massive issue with the amount of waste produced. Clear aligners are becoming the future of orthodontics, but there can be upwards of 150 aligners used per patient. I would love to start a recycling initiative throughout orthodontic practises where patients can bring back their used aligner trays and place them in designated bins where we can make sure they are taken to a facility that accepts them so they can be repurposed into new materials.
With everyone bringing their own unique and individual flair to the competition, what is something that sets you apart from the other contestants?
I’m not afraid to laugh at myself! I don’t take myself too seriously, which I feel a lot of people can relate to.
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?
To live in the moment! Covid has really made us realise just how quickly life can change, so I’ve learnt to take chances and say yes while we can.
What is the first thing you hope to do as soon as restrictions are lifted?
Go snowboarding again!
Final Five Questions
Favourite Place to Travel To?
Anywhere with snow
The highlight of the last year?
I road tripped up the coast of Western Australia to Darwin with 15 friends, which was incredible!
What is something people may find interesting about yourself?
I lived in Milan for four months and Canada for two years
Tell us something you’re passionate about and why?
I am breaking away from fast fashion! I live by an 80/20 rule where 80% of my clothing is secondhand/vintage/from a sustainable brand, and 20% can be retail. It’s all about becoming a more conscious consumer.
One piece of advice you have for us all?
“Be present in all things and thankful for all things.”
? Maya Angelou