Well, it’s that time of year when the search to find Miss Universe Australia is well underway with State finals kicking off across the country.
Later this month at the Hotel Grand Chancellor , Surfers Paradise the judging panel will select the Queensland representatives in the 2015 Pageant.
Starting off our state finalist interviews we chat with Chloe Houghton one of the contestants who will be competing for a place in the national final held on June 5 at the Sofitel Melbourne on Collins where the countries finalists will be competing for the 2015 title.
Congratulations on Making it so far in the coveted miss universe Australia competition tell us a little about yourself …? I have recently graduated from Bond University with a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce (major in Finance). I am currently studying a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice while working full time as a legal clerk. I aspire to become a lawyer and to utilize my acquired legal skills to help bring justice to the world.
Who or what inspired you to get involved in the Miss Universe Australia Pageant …? What drew you to such a competition ….? I love Jesinta Campbell – I think she is just great. She is a Gold Coast girl (like me) has her head screwed on and is a great role model for young women.
Speaking of inspiration who inspires you most …? My dad. He taught me that the most important things in life are to work hard, stay true to myself, stay humble and to be kind.
If you are successful in the pageant you will become a possible inspiration or role model to many young girls how does this sit with you …? And what do you consider are the attributes of a good role model …?
I would love to be a role model to young girls. I have grown up a role model to my 3 younger brothers so it comes naturally to me. Being a leader and striving to inspire others comes naturally to me, as I have done this my whole life. I feel like my achievements in life to date would encourage young girls to work hard and to pursue their dreams, whether it be in sports, education, modeling, etc
I think the attributes of a good role model are to be kind, brave and hospitable. If you are kind, you can show young girls that bringing others down gets you no where and that lifting others up is must more rewarding. If you are brave, you are not afraid to stand up for what you believe in and are not afraid to take risks. If you are hospitable, people are more inclined to approach you and learn from you, and that is important when you are being a role model for young girls. How is a role model supposed to make a positive difference if people are afraid to approach them?
The Miss Universe Pageant has a long history of associating with charity are their any social causes that are particularly close to your heart that you would like to use the platform of miss universe to advance …?
One thing that is really important to me is children. I think our society have a huge obligation to ensure the safety of a child. Charities that work with sick children, suicides or children who have been abused are very close to my heart.
I am also passionate about educating people about HIV/AIDS. This has such a huge impact on the world and what is most frustrating is how easily this disease can be prevented. I would love to use this contest to help educate people on the devastating effects of HIV/AIDS and to help raise money for researchers to find a cure.
What do you think will set you out from the rest of the entrants competing in the 2015 competition …?
My passion about education. I think education is the most empowering tool anyone can possess. With education, literally anything is possible. The reason why we have so many issues in this world is because of the lack of education on that topic. For example, HIV/AIDS spreads so much because people are unaware of the devastating effects the disease has. People bully others because they are unaware of how much words can hurt someone. People are fleeing to Syria to join the ISIS fight because they have a misconception of what the war on ISIS is. To prevent all these issues, what people really need is the opportunity to be educated so they can truly understand the issue. People who are educated are able to make rational decisions. I feel so blessed to have the opportunity to learn everyday, and I am going to use this competition to advocate how important education, especially to young boys and girls, really is and hopefully help raise money in order to give more people the opportunity to be educated.
What would you say is your best style or beauty secret …?
My beauty secret is to always wear a smile, and I think I do that pretty well. You don’t need to wear makeup or revealing clothes to be noticed. If you smile, you will always look beautiful.
And speaking of personal style fitness is fast becoming more and more a part of the person’s personal style … how would you describe your fitness regime …?
I work out 5 times a week. I hate gyms. I think they are boring. I like exercising outdoors with friends. I run along the beach, go swimming, play tennis, touch football and do yoga. I think it is important to mix it up to make exercising fun.
We all have a personal saying or particular mantra what would you say yours is ..? “The best things in life are free”. It is so easy to get caught up in materialistic things, but I think this quote is a friendly reminder that these things do not bring true happiness. Family, friends, good health and achieving are what bring happiness. These things are not materialistic and all come at no cost.
Now the Quick 5
1. What is something people might find interesting about yourself …?
I have the loudest laugh ever.
2. Your favourite place in the world to wind down and relax ..?
Given I am a Gold Coast girl, I love Burleigh Beach. It is so peaceful and makes me realise I am so lucky to live in one of the most beautiful places in the whole world!
What song would you say is your personal anthem or theme song …?
“What doesn’t kill me, makes me stronger” by Kanye West.
If you could give yourself one piece of advice 5 years ago what would it be …?
Do not worry about the things other people think about you. It’s their problem – not yours.
and What are five things in your life you just can’t live without …?
My family, my best friends, chocolate, the beach and a bikini.