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 Jayne Duff from Victoria 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 tell us a little about yourself…? I’ve completed a Bachelor of Journalism and Communications from Monash University back in 2011. Since then I’ve worked in promotions and done some modelling, and now currently work as a Business Development Officer in the marketing team at BRACE Education and Training. I’m really into my health and fitness, so for fun I love going to the gym, and playing basketball. In the hot season I wakeboard, and during snow season I snowboard.
Jayne 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! It’s been an incredible experience to say the least. I honestly did not expect to get this far in the competition – it’s the first pageant I’ve been involved in. I’ve had endless phone calls and emails from friends and family who are so proud of me, and been approached by a number of different companies to discuss potential sponsorship deals. Not to mention being on Channel 7 news, in the Herald Sun, Ninemsn, and the Daily Telegraph! It’s been an absolute whirlwind.
I have mixed feelings about the upcoming finals. I’m trying not to get too excited or nervous, just taking it day by day. It’s going to be such an amazing four days leading up to the crowning ceremony, so I’ll just have to wait and see what happens, whilst trying to contain my emotions!over the country and bringing their own individual flare
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 think it’s going to be very tough competition with all of these amazing girls coming from all over Australia. I don’t know how the judges do it – they have such a difficult decision to make. I think each of the girls is very beautiful and individual in their own way. What sets me apart from the others I think would possibly be my personality. I’m really a people person, I love being social and active, and I live for seeing friends and doing fun things. I’m always up for a challenge, and love to be involved in everything.
What is something people might find interesting about yourself …? Some people might see on the outside I’m very outgoing and energetic, and I do love to be out in the open and doing things with friends. However what might surprise some people is that I actually do love curling up in bed with a good book or a movie, and being a sloth the whole day!
Speaking of a person’s unique flare or style what would you say is your best style or beauty secret …? I don’t really have any ‘beauty’ secrets as such, I just ensure that I maintain a healthy lifestyle, and have an appropriate work-life balance. I love keeping busy, with working, exercising, and socialising, but the secret is to ensure that you have relaxation and quiet time too. I always wash my makeup off at the end of the day and use a high-quality skincare range – at the moment I’m using Elucent Skincare. I always use face wash and always moisturize my face and skin. I’ve been told I have really smooth and healthy skin, so investing in a good skincare product is always handy.
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 …? As I mentioned earlier, at the moment I’m very into my health and fitness. I see a personal trainer twice a week, and train by myself or my partner 3-4 other days in the week. I also play basketball to ensure I fit some cardio in there, plus I love competitive sports. I’m also very passionate about eating a healthy and balanced diet – I have a set meal plan which I follow quite closely.
I never used to go to the gym as often as I do now – I used to feel sluggish, tired, and had low motivation. Once I started up my exercise regime, and started on a healthy diet, I have never felt better. I think it’s really important to treat your body with respect – it’s amazing how good you can feel if you keep active and motivated.
Who or what inspired you to get involved in the Miss Universe Australia Pageant …? What drew you to such a competition ….? I’ve done quite a lot of promotional and modelling work throughout the years, and I suppose when you’re in the industry, you get to know lots of girls who have entered the pageants. I heard stories about the incredible opportunities that can come of being in Miss Universe, so I thought I would give it a go. I’m so glad I did, because I’ve surprised myself with what I can achieve. I used to absolutely despise public speaking. But in the state finals, I managed to get up on stage and talk in front of an audience of at least 200 people – that in itself is an achievement to many.
Speaking of inspiration who inspires you most …?
I have lots of people who inspire me – in particular my friends and my family. I always look up to my partner though, who motivates me and inspires me every day. He has worked so incredibly hard to get to where he is, yet he still keeps such a level head, and is kind-hearted and generous. He had a severe back injury from when he was younger, and now has permanent spinal cord damage, so every day he is in chronic pain. He can’t do certain exercises or even movements – simple things such as running or swimming leave him in absolute agony. Yet he never complains – he gets up, goes to work, and pushes through, every single day. I think that is truly admirable in a person. He always supports me no matter what decisions I make, and always motivates to be the best I can be.
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 …?
I would really like to be an advocate for health and wellbeing of the younger generation. As a child, I grew up playing outside, keeping healthy and exploring the world. I feel that today’s youths grow up and are consumed by modern-day technology, and only play with their iPads and iPhones – I’ve even seen toddlers who can master them at such a young age! It worries me that kids these days aren’t playing outside with their toys, building cubbies, or kicking a footy like we used to do as kids. Although we’re growing up in a technological age, I want to stress the importance of getting outside and breathing in fresh air, which also teaches people to maintain healthy lifestyle as they grow up, and to continue that within their adult lives. The obesity epidemic within Australia is truly concerning, and I think this has a lot to do with how we are raised, and the habits that parents teach their kids.
I would also like to get involved with teaching kids healthy body image, particularly young girls. The media puts ridiculous amounts of pressure on females – young and old – with the way they ‘should’ look, when compared with supermodels and celebrities. Once again, it goes back to maintaining a healthy and happy lifestyle, and just being happy within your own skin.
What is something you hope to bring out of the Miss Universe Australia Pageant …? I don’t think there’s anything in particular I want out of the pageant, other than an amazing experience. Which it already has been so far, so I’m more than happy with how far I’ve come. I’ve already made great friends with some of the finalists, and I hope that everyone has an incredible time, no matter who is crowned Miss Universe Australia. All the girls are winners!! 🙂
Now the Quick 5
1. What is something you find yourself always saying …? “God help me!” (in a joking way)
2. Your Favourite place in the world to wind down and relax …?My big warm bed, with a cup of tea and a nice book to read.
3. What song would you say is your personal anthem or theme song …?I love Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” ! It gets me in the best mood every time I hear it!!
4. If you could give yourself one piece of advice 5 years ago what would it be …?Don’t move out of home too soon, save your money, and travel the world before you settle down!
5. And Finally five things you can’t live without …?The gym, my poached eggs for breakfast, my snowboard, my family, and my friends.