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.
Starting off our finalist interviews we chat with Jessica Peart 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.
Jessica is 21 and currently studying a bachelor of health sciences in the hopes of being accepted into a masters of Speech Pathology.
She currently works part time at a local nursing home and is a nanny to 3 beautiful little girls. She also loves exercising for fun this includes going to the gym, paddle boarding, kayaking, and Yoga.
Jessica 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. ..?
I have met some of the most amazing and selfless people on my journey to Nationals for the Miss Universe Australia competition. I have gained so much experience and learned many life lessons that will stay with me forever and assist me in my future. I have learned about networking, public speaking, presenting, resilience, organisation, team work, gratitude, humility and self-belief. I have been overwhelmed by people’s kindness and generosity.
I have grown so much personally and professionally with the help from my team who have been there to coach, train and guide me through every step of the way.
I am feeling so very blessed and grateful. Never in my life would I have imagined that I would have this experience or opportunity. I am very excited and have enjoyed the process and all that it has taught me.
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 …? All of the girls in the competition are truly beautiful each with their own unique style. The x factor that sets me apart from the other girls is my journey and life experiences that make me who I am. I have had many enriching and devastating experiences in my short 21 years and this makes me mature, composed, grateful and humble. When you have had life experiences that have impacted on you and force you to evaluate life and never take it for granted then you develop heart. Heart is not something that can be taught it is something that radiates out of you and makes you shine much brighter than all of the other stars.
What is something people might find interesting about yourself …?
I am well travelled and have lived in Germany and France growing up therefore I speak both German and French. I have also studied sign language and have had experience working in a hearing impaired school.
Speaking of a person’s unique flare or style what would you say is your best style or beauty secret …? I believe in the Roald Dahl saying, “If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely”. For me I think its about have a beautiful personality that makes a person beautiful. If you can let your inner beauty shine through, that makes you a true beauty.
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 …? Fitness is a huge part of my lifestyle and helps me to maintain a balanced life. It is particularly important to me to feel good, eat well and I also make it time to spend with my Mum or my friends, that way exercising is so much more enjoyable. Being fit is a fundamental part of my life and makes me feel healthy.
Who or what inspired you to get involved in the Miss Universe Australia Pageant …? What drew you to such a competition ….? The Miss Universe Australia Pageant was not something I sort out, it found me and changed my life. It is a very personal journey that I have been on this past year. A year ago I lost my best friend in tragic circumstances and I was distraught. I met someone at that time who picked me up, mentored me and gave me something to look forward to. It all started with a single photoshoot to lift my spirits and self esteem, from there it just snowballed. In life we don’t always set out on the path we started on and my path took a turn, so I embraced every opportunity that came my way and now here I am and it feels like a bit of a dream. Sometimes the people you need in your life find you, you don’t always have to go looking.
Speaking of inspiration who inspires you most …?
Emma Watson is an incredible role model to me. She has grown up in the lime light and has used her position in life to do good for others, most importantly speak out about gender equality in her ‘heforshe’ campaign. It has always been a goal of mine to be a voice for those who aren’t in a position to where they can’t be heard. Emma Watson used her fame to speak out for others.
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 …? The charity work I am involved in has brought me a sense of self-worth, positivity and happiness. It gives me something to focus on and I feel good helping others. I have a quite a few charities that I am passionate about and would find it difficult to choose just one hence the title they gave me of being the ‘Charity Queen.’ I am happy to lend a hand wherever or whenever I am needed but I guess if I had to narrow it down I would have to choose The Butterfly Foundation due to my passion about healthy body image for young women. Beyond Blue is also an organisation that I would love the opportunity to work with due to losing my best friend to suicide last year.
What is something you hope to bring out of the Miss Universe Australia Pageant …?
I have already learned and achieved so much more than I was expecting. I do hope to meet some really nice people and maybe even develop some life long friends through this experience. I hope to gain more confidence in my abilities and teach others that real beauty transcends beyond the superficial. I hope to be able to show others after being in this pageant that the real meaning of ‘true beauty’ shines through your kind words, thoughts and actions.
Now the Quick 5
1. What is something you find yourself always saying …?
“Everything happens for a reason”
2. Your Favourite place in the world to wind down and relax …?
Cuddling up on the couch each night with a cup of peppermint tea is my favourite!
3. What song would you say is your personal anthem or theme song …?
I am a huge Taylor Swift fan so it would definitely have to be ‘Shake it Off’. I can’t help but dance whenever it plays!
4. If you could give yourself one piece of advice 5 years ago what would it be …? Embrace every opportunity, never take life for granted, be serious but never take yourself too seriously.
5. And Finally five things you can’t live without …?
Family, Friends, Chocolate, Gym wear and Love