Well, it’s that time of year when the search to find Miss Universe Australia is well underway with finalists being selected across the country.
Early next month at the Sofitel on Collins Melbourne the judging panel have the incredibly hard job of selecting the 2015 Miss Universe Australia.
Today we are chatting with finalist Alexandra Stone from Queensland who is one of the national finalists who will be competing for the 2015 title of Miss Universe Australia and hoping to follow in the footsteps of Jennifer Hawkins, Rachael Finch, Jesinta Campbell and last years winner Tegan Martin.
First of all the all-important introduction …?
I’m 21 and I have called the beautiful Gold Coast home for the last 5 years. Prior to this I travelled with my parents from Brisbane to Auckland, New Zealand where I lived for 6 years. My parents are currently based in London which has granted me the opportunity and experience of traveling to Europe biannually to holiday and spend time with them. I’m blessed with an incredibly supportive, humble and inspiring family of entrepreneurs who have always encouraged me to be real and stay true to myself.
I currently work in fashion retail for Kookai Australia. I have completed studies in fashion design and business and have also commenced a Bachelor of Nutritional Medicine. I am very passionate about health and wellbeing. I sincerely believe that a positive mindset and a healthy balanced diet has significantly improved my outlook on life and my self-confidence.
Alexandra Congratulations on making it so far in such a coveted competition! We have to ask how has the overall experience been so far …? And how are you feelings in the lead up to the finals. ..?
Thank you very much! It has been an incredible experience so far, I am still astonished that I am a national finalist. I have met so many beautiful and intelligent young women who have inspired me through this competition. I have learnt so much about myself during my journey to the final. I love working towards being the best version of myself. I’m feeling prepared and excited for the next phase of the competition.
With contestants coming from all over the country and bringing their own individual flare What do you think will set you out from the rest of the finalists competing in the 2015 competition …?
I believe all the girls will bring their own unique and amazing qualities. With that said, I am an ambitious, kind natured and encouraging person who does everything wholeheartedly and I believe this is what will ultimately shine through! I am grounded and down to earth and I’m proud of the person I have become.
What is something people might find interesting about yourself …?
I aspire to become a television presenter.
Speaking of a person’s unique flare or style what would you say is your best style or beauty secret …?
Style for me is about confidence! When I feel my best, I believe I look my best. I believe beauty starts on the inside. I drink organic green juice every morning, eat healthy nutritious food and drink lots of water to make sure I glow on the outside! A good face cleansing routine is also essential.
With Fitness becoming more and more a part of a person’s personal style how would you describe your fitness regime and how it relates to your life …?
I am very active person and exercise is an important part of my daily routine, I love starting my day with walk along beach to clear my mind and prepare for the day ahead. I also enjoy a mix of weight training, pilates barre and yoga.
Who or what inspired you to get involved in the Miss Universe Australia Pageant …? What drew you to such a competition ….?
For a long time I struggled with self doubt and low self-confidence. Challenging life circumstances and adversity have taught me to believe in myself and I feel I have reached a positive place where I am empowered to pursue my dreams and to be a role model for young women who struggle with similar challenges. I am passionate about encouraging and empowering other women to follow their dreams, be themselves and believe.
I identify strongly with the core values The Miss Universe organisation represents and I believe it would be an incredible privilege and opportunity to represent this inspiring organisation and work alongside other empowering humanitarian organisations.
Speaking of inspiration who inspires you most …?
This is a tough one! I have many role models for many different reasons. My Mum is an incredible, strong, hard working women who is selfless and devoted to her family. She has taught me many important life skills and instilled in me from a young age the importance of healthy eating and the power of positive affirmations. I am blessed to have her support. She has always encouraged me to follow my dreams and I aspire to be like her.
The Miss Universe Pageant has a long history of associating with charity are there any social causes that are particularly close to your heart that you would like to use the platform of miss universe to advance …?
There are many social causes I am passionate about and I believe the process of competing for Miss Universe will bring me closer to my dream of giving back to the community through supporting such social causes. One particular cause that is very close to my heart is awareness and support for Breast Cancer patients and the families that have experience the grief of witnessing a loved ones suffering.
After experiencing a close family member’s life long battle with the disease, I would love to start my own support organisation or help in supporting an organisation who help women and families who have been affected.
What is something you hope to bring out of the Miss Universe Australia Pageant …?
I hope to empower and inspire other women to believe in themselves and to follow their dreams. It is an opportunity to grow and work towards being the best version of myself while helping others to strive to do the same.
Now the Quick 5
1. What is something you find yourself always saying …?
A positive attitude is your greatest strength in life.
2. Your Favourite place in the world to wind down and relax …?
At home, cooking a healthy and delicious meal for my family.
3. What song would you say is your personal anthem or theme song …?
Dreams by Fleetwood Mac.
4. If you could give yourself one piece of advice 5 years ago what would it be …?
Believe in yourself, have faith in your own abilities, work hard, and there is nothing you cannot accomplish.
5. And Finally five things you can’t live without …?
Nutritious and delicious food