Today we are catching up with Lily Goodare 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.
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Lily Goodare – Miss Universe Australia 2021 Finalist Interview


Today we are catching up with Lily Goodare 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 Lily , why don’t you tell us a little about yourself?

My name is Lily Goodare; I am 21 years old. I live, work and study here on the Gold Coast. I have been working towards becoming a commercial pilot; it has been a dream since I was a little girl to have a career as an airline pilot.
I currently spend three days per week studying towards my Commercial Pilot Licence licence; I have only two more exams left to go! At the end of 2019 I gained my recreational pilot’s licence, which was a very strong highlight in my life.
I spend the rest of my week working as a photographer/videographer alongside my partner. In 2016 I started saving funds and researching ways to create a swimwear label, dreaming that I would one day open it up as a small online start-up business; for the past year and a half, I have been building this small business. My label is made with sustainable materials and made on the Gold Coast, two values I hold strongly to my heart. 

We all have motivations, mine usually revolving around good coffee, but what was your key motivation for entering the Miss Universe Australia competition?

I always knew that I was going to make an impact and a difference in the world, and I never really put my finger on it until I joined Miss Universe Australia; I saw it not only as a great life experience but also a way I could become a positive influence on other people and make an impact.
One of my major motivations to join this program was to help younger people with their confidence; ideally, I would love to create confidence workshops within schools.
We need more influential people who motivate and support our younger generation. I have also recently become an ambassador for the StandbyUFoundation, a foundation that has created a safety watch device that protects victims of domestic violence. This foundation is one I hold close to my heart. Miss Universe Australia has really motivated me to connect with new people and motivated me to join a life-changing foundation to start making change.  

WAs 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?

I can honestly say that was the best week of my life. I was surrounded by so many wonderful and inspiring young women, and what made it even better was that we were accommodated so well. The team from Village Roadshow made the whole experience so special for each and every one of us.
We had endless amounts of fun at Movie World, Wet and Wild, Sea World, the Australian Outback Spectacular and my absolute favourite place Paradise Country. The way to my heart is with animals, so the Village Roadshow team really nailed that one!

What would you say was the highlight of your trip?

The highlight of my trip was being able to meet the other Miss Universe Australia contestants and meet the Pink Tank events team and everyone else who has been involved in this program so far. After that week, I had gained a new family. At that time, we were very fortunate that the restrictions enabled most of us to meet each other in person. 

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?

If I were fortunate enough to receive the grant from Minespec Parts, I would either put it towards my commercial pilot license or my sustainable swimwear label. After I complete my CPL, my student loan will be at its maximum, so having this grant will enable me to continue my studies and gain other licences I need for my career. I would also have the option to invest it into my business, which would be a dream come true. I started my label with very little funds and grew it through the time I put into it. Having this grant would give my label a proper chance and make another dream come true.

If you win the title of Miss Universe Australia, you With everyone bringing their own unique and individual flair to the competition, what is something that sets you apart from the other contestants?

I am willing to take on any challenge that life may throw at me, there have been many moments where I have not believed in myself, but I have persevered and pushed myself beyond my comfort zone to make things happen. Also, if I ever see an opportunity to help anyone, I would be the first to be there for them. There’s nothing that makes me feel better than helping people.  

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 learnt that without taking risks in life and trying new things, you spend your life living in fear. It is important to remember that not everything is permanent, and the life we are living today is temporary. So take every opportunity you can, because you never know what happens next. I certainly took too many things for granted before this pandemic; family and connections/community means everything.

What is the first thing you hope to do as soon as restrictions are lifted?

The first thing I hope to do as soon as restrictions are lifted is have a well overdue catch up with my family and friends around the world.

Final Five Questions

Favourite Place to Travel To?

The highlight of the last year?
Seeing my Dad and family after two years, due to border restrictions

What is something people may find interesting about yourself?
I love horses, and I love aerobatic flying; I’m a bit of a thrill-seeker.

Tell us something you’re passionate about and why?
I am passionate about being an ambassador and working with a movement that helps support victims of domestic violence.

One piece of advice you have for us all?
Take every single opportunity in life, and along the way – help others when you can.

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.

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