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 Savina Simatovic 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 …? Thank you! I’m 20 years old, living in Brisbane and currently working as a flight attendant. I love to travel, hence the wonderful opportunity my job gives me, and live a healthy, active lifestyle. I have a musical background enjoying the arts of acting and dancing, and love practicing pilates and cooking organic food.
Who or what inspired you to get involved in the Miss Universe Australia Pageant …? What drew you to such a competition ….? I competed in the QLD heats last year for Miss Universe for the first time. Having performed on stage since I was six years old, I had always wanted to enter to have fun, meet other girls from all walks of life but ultimately share the desire to show others confidence is beautiful.
Speaking of inspiration who inspires you most …? I am surrounded by inspiring people, however, Tegan Martin has most recently been my biggest inspiration at this point in my life. As the current Miss Universe Australia, Tegan came second twice at the National Competition and proved to everyone she believed in herself, in her dream and made that a reality. I hope to share her strong work ethic, determination and how to cope with failure in my journey because I believe those are important qualities Miss Universe should have.
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 have always had young girls look up to me in the dancing world and it was an important responsibility to show them that being a genuine person who’s beauty comes from within is the key to being a positive role model. I’m a firm believer of ‘anything is possible,’ and to live by a clear set of values and know you can be successful in anything you put your mind to. Those to me are valuable attributes of a good role model.
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 …? The most important thing we can do as successful adults reaching out to a wide audience is delving into a charity. Miss Universe works closely with Operation Smile Australia and I couldn’t think of a better charity for our community to support. A smile is a powerful worldwide symbol of positivity and self-confidence. However, every three minutes a child is born with facial deformity making eating, speaking and breathing difficult. This volunteer-based charity, transforming children’s lives through surgery is close to my heart, and as Miss Universe, I would like to use this platform to give every child the gift to smile and love who they are as the greatest gift of all.
What do you think will set you out from the rest of the entrants competing in the 2015 competition …? My ability to draw a smile and conversation out of anyone! I am an incredibly bubbly and social person, so meeting many new girls and making friends has been a highlight of the competition for me. I’m always the first to make someone laugh while we’re waiting to go on stage or suggest to add each other on social media to support each other and follow our own Miss Universe journeys! I think my talent for making anyone feel comfortable and positive sets me apart from the rest.
What would you say is your best style or beauty secret …? -My beauty secret is by far coconut oil! It’s a little main stream now but this year everyone is definitely team coco! I massage it onto my face and body every day to hydrate, moisturize and soften my skin. It also aids in fighting toxins so my face stays clear and pageant ready! Try it in your cooking and as a hair deep conditioning treatment too; the possibilities and benefits are endless!
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 has been a solid foundation of my life since I can remember. It gives me the energy and positive mind set to go about my daily life. I love classes where a professional can push me to my limits. I enjoy reformer pilates 3-4 times a week and go outside to run and walk on other days. I leave myself a day to fully rest and nourish my body to prepare for more work ahead
We all have a personal saying or particular mantra what would you say yours is ..? You only live once. I believe you should live each day like your last and never give up on that dream that seems beyond your reach. No matter how impossible it may seem, no matter what anyone else thinks, if you want it, you have one beautiful life to make all your dreams happen so go in there and do it!
Now the Quick 5
1. What is something people might find interesting about yourself …?
I’m almost fluent in Japanese
2. Your favourite place in the world to wind down and relax ..?
Bali brings me so much peace, health and relaxation. I’m so blessed to travel there for work!
What song would you say is your personal anthem or theme song …?
Delta Goodrem, Born To Try. I sang this song in my first singing competition and I really do live by her beautiful lyrics and message in the song.
If you could give yourself one piece of advice 5 years ago what would it be …? Don’t strive for perfection, strive to make yourself happy and the rest will follow
and What are five things in your life you just can’t live without …? Family and friends, my laugh, acai bowls, coconut oil and pilates!