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 Kayla Gregg from Tasmania 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 am at the University of Tasmania, studying a Combined Bachelor of Arts and Laws and a Bachelor of Philosophy. I work in a local supermarket on a casual basis and I volunteer as the co-coordinator of Reprieve Tasmania. I fill my spare time with a million and one different activities! Yoga, long walks with my adopted puppy Matilda, healthy treats and chatting/laughing over cups of tea with my girlfriends. I love to explore! My boyfriend and I go on little trips around Tasmania (our beautiful island state) whenever we get the chance. Honestly, I am having fun when I am keeping busy and spending time with amazing and inspiring people – you can imagine I cannot wait to be in Melbourne!
We have to ask how has the overall experience been so far …?
Absolutely incredible. I have been having so much fun and am completely overwhelmed with all of the support I have been receiving from the Tasmanian community.
My journey to the finals has resulted in a number of wonderful and invaluable opportunities and learning experiences. I am really looking forward to what the future will bring!
And how are you feelings in the lead up to the finals. ..?
Look, a little bit nervous but certainly more excited. I feel extremely blessed to have this opportunity and I am determined to make the most of it!
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 …?
Each contestant will bring something different and valuable to the competition, I know this having spoken to a few of the girls already! Personally, I pride myself on being genuine, compassionate towards others, and passionate about causes I believe in – I can only hope that these are the qualities the judges are looking for!
What is something people might find interesting about yourself…?
I find that people are particularly interested in the fact that I am the Tasmanian co-coordinator of a national organisation seeking to have the death penalty abolished worldwide. I suppose this might be due to the fact that the issue of capital punishment is in the spotlight at the moment.
Speaking of a person’s unique flare or style what would you say is your best style or beauty secret …?
I keep it simple – I think that less is more, except when it comes to clothing. I think that this leads to feeling confident and comfortable in your own skin.
With Fitness becoming more and more a part of a person’s personal style how would you describe your fitness regime?
I walk my dog every day, but otherwise I would describe my fitness regime as varied. I love to challenge by body, with yoga, tennis, weight training and swimming, each activity incorporates something different and challenging.
Who or what inspired you to get involved in the Miss Universe Australia Pageant …?
I have always seen the Miss Universe pageant as a fantastic platform for promoting our beautiful country and important social causes. However, ultimately it was the encouragement of my local community and a prominent community figure (Giovanna Simpson) that secured my entry.
What drew you to such a competition ….?
Simply the opportunity to represent and promote our nation combined with the challenge of doing so!
We all have a personal saying or particular mantra what would you say yours is ..? Be the change you wish to see in the world – Gandhi.
Speaking of inspiration who inspires you most …?
I draw inspiration from those I perceive to have flourished in the face of adversity or dedicate themselves to drawing awareness to social causes. As you can imagine I then have a million and one inspirations! However, I suppose if I were to choose one person it would be Malala Yousafzai as she saw a need for change and has fought for it.
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 so many social causes in need of promotion and I would love to be involved in them all! However, I am an Ambassador for the Heart Foundation’s ‘Go Red for Women Campaign’, promoting heart health and an awareness of cardiovascular disease among women. I am also a Tasmanian Co-coordinator of Reprieve Australia, a not-for-profit organisation seeking to abolish the death penalty worldwide. As you can imagine, I am passionate about bringing attention to these causes.
Now the Quick 5
What is something you find yourself always saying …?
‘Where are my keys?!’
Your Favourite place in the world to wind down and relax …?
At home, a cup of tea in hand.
What song would you say is your personal anthem or theme song…?
This took me forever! I can’t choose!
I love ‘Edge of the World’ by Mark Wilkinson! – so we will go with that!
But also anything Beyoncé – she is an incredible artist.
If you could give yourself one piece of advice 5 years ago what would it be …?
Do not take yourself too seriously – enjoy each and every moment for what it is!
And finally five thins you cant live without …?
My best girlfriends
Matilda (my dog)