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 Jessie Hollingworth 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 just recently turned 20 in March and am currently working as a telephonist at Sun Coast cabs. I have also started a course in nutritional counselling, I spend most of my time at the gym, with family and love being outdoors at the beach, or exploring.
Who or what inspired you to get involved in the Miss Universe Australia Pageant …? What drew you to such a competition ….? My mother encouraged me to enter the competition, and I’m so grateful she did as I never would have thought to have entered a competition like this myself, and after being in the preliminary pageant I was amazed at the confidence I found within myself and the amazing experience I had as I have never done anything like this before. So I am very excited for finals and even if I do not get through to the next stage I am so thankful that I got to have this amazing experience and meet so many lovely people.
Speaking of inspiration who inspires you most …? As cheesy as it may sound I would say my mother, being absolutely inseparable since birth, I know her better than I know myself. I have watched her go through tough and difficult times especially being a single mother of three and she has always been a strong headed, compassionate woman who would do anything and everything for the people she loves. It is important to achieve your goals though I believe it is more important about the type of person you are while achieving them, and if I could be anything like my mother, I feel like I could conquer the world.
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 be honoured to be looked at as an inspiration or a role model to younger girls, and as a role model I believe you need to mindful of your actions and what you say as the younger generation will look up to you. So I believe it is important to hold and show good values, be respectful, honourable and express important matters in society and portray a positive image.
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 …? I have always had a huge love for animals, and find it extremely sad how a lot of them are treated and how many are already extinct and endangered. This is why I would love to be able to give to charities supporting the protection and welfare of animals such as the World Wild life fund as animals do not have the ability to stop this only us as humans can make the difference. Also knowing many people, and friends who have suffered with cancer, it would be such a privilege to be able to assist in further research and support for cancer victims and their families.
What do you think will set you out from the rest of the entrants competing in the 2015 competition …? Well after having competed in the Queensland preliminary heat, I have never felt so short standing next to some of the beautiful contestants, so I think my height, or lack of height may be a factor J
Though I am very down to earth, and what you see is what you get as they say and I want to stay true to myself throughout the competition by not being anyone but myself and I believe that is what will make me stand tall.
What would you say is your best style or beauty secret …? The best advice I could give, which really isn’t a secret would be that less is more. I believe showing your natural beauty and features is far more attractive than covering or hiding under make up.
As much as I love playing around with makeup and getting dolled up on special occasions most of the time I like to keep it simple, wearing minimal make up, which shows the real you and also is much more beneficial for your skin, which is always a plus.
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 …?
My fitness regime is a very high priority in my life, I go the gym at least 6 days a week weight training, and try to be as active as possible throughout my lifestyle even if it’s just a walk down the beach. Also I am very particular with what food I eat as it is what fuels your body and you only get out what you put in.
We all have a personal saying or particular mantra what would you say yours is ..? With my love for the band The Doors, quoted by Jim Morrison I would say “where is your will to be weird?”
I believe people care too much about what others may think of them and tend to hold back within themselves, so I think it is important to be a little bit weird every now and then and enjoy life to the fullest.
Now the Quick 5
1. What is something people might find interesting about yourself …? I am pretty much an old lady, with a love of crotchet blankets and tea sets.
2. Your favourite place in the world to wind down and relax ..? Quiet spot on the beach or the top of a mountain or look out.
What song would you say is your personal anthem or theme song …? Drive by Incubus
If you could give yourself one piece of advice 5 years ago what would it be …? 5 years ago I was very shy and lacked in confidence, so I would tell the younger me to just believe in myself and be confident in who I am.
and What are five things in your life you just can’t live without …? My Family
My Morning breakfast & green tea