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 Monika Radulovic from New South Wales 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…?
Hello! I’m Monika and I hail from beautiful Sydney 🙂 I have an honours degree in Psychology, which is career path that I decided to venture on as I am truly passionate about helping people in any way that will give them a greater quality of life. After completing my degree, I decided to take a break from study, so I currently work full-time as a model with Chic model management. Modelling has given me such amazing experiences, allowing me to travel the world, and meet such incredible people so for that I am so grateful! In the near future I plan to continue my post-graduate studies, undertaking a masters degree in Clinical Psychology
Monika 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! The whole experience has been such a positive one! I have had so much support which has been so humbling, and all the other contestants have been so lovely! I’m just so excited to get to Melbourne and begin the process of the finals!
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 have a unique back story- I was born in Bosnia but my parents packed up their whole lives in a suitcase and fled the country when the Yugoslavian war broke out when I was just 2 years old. After living as refugees in Denmark for a year, we migrated to Australia. Because of this experience, I know first hand how amazing Australia is- it whole heartedly opened its arms to my family and in turn has blessed me with so many wonderful opportunities (including this competition!). I believe I would make a great Miss Universe Australia because I embody what makes Australia so beautiful- our multiculturalism, and I would love to use the Miss Universe Australia title as a platform to be an ambassador of Australia and sing its praises to the rest of the world!
What is something people might find interesting about yourself …? I am the most photographed model on www.theiconic.com.au – there’s over 11,000 images of me on the website!
Speaking of a person’s unique flare or style what would you say is your best style or beauty secret …? Coconut oil! I cook with it, use it as a hair conditioner, face and body moisturiser, make-up remover.. There’s nothing it can’t do! I should actually give credit to my mum because she is the one who introduced me to it after I asked her what she was using on her face because she looked 5 years younger.. Go and buy some now everyone!
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 …? My fitness regime is a lot like my mantra in life- Everything in moderation. I do Pilates 3 times a week which keeps me feeling strong, and I try to go to the gym 3 or 4 times a week to get some cardio and weights training in. However, I always listen to my body- so if I’m feeling too tired, I let myself rest, because I feel like that’s just as important 🙂
Who or what inspired you to get involved in the Miss Universe Australia Pageant …? What drew you to such a competition ….? I actually competed in the Miss Tourism Australia pageant a few years ago with absolutely no experience of pageants, and I ended up winning! I then went to Malaysia to compete in the international pageant (I came second). I loved the whole experience so much that it inspired me to enter the Miss Universe Australia competition.
Speaking of inspiration who inspires you most …?
Definitely my parents (can’t choose between them!) We migrated to a foreign country with nothing but the shirts on our backs. They had to completely start all over again- learn a new language, find a new career path, and on top of that my mum was 8 months pregnant with my younger brother when we arrived! With all these challenges they faced, they made sure my brother and I never felt any of these struggle and put us and our needs completely ahead of their own. I had such an amazing childhood thanks to them and their courage, bravery and love inspires me every day.
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 …?
A particular cause close to my heart is ending world hunger. One in eight people globally are hungry, and another three million children die each year from malnutrition. However, this is despite the fact that we have enough food in the world for every single person to eat 2700 calories a day. I am extremely passionate about helping to give each child the food they deserve and would love to use the Miss Universe Platform to advance this.
What is something you hope to bring out of the Miss Universe Australia Pageant …? I just want to have fun! I think that’s the most important thing- be myself and have fun (along with my new sparkly crown) 🙂
Now the Quick 5
What is something you find yourself always saying …?
Are you serious ?!
Your Favourite place in the world to wind down and relax …?
In my bed cuddled up with my kitten Paris, along with a peppermint tea, my favourite coconut candle burning and a fantastic book. Ahhhh heaven!
What song would you say is your personal anthem or theme song …?
Ahhhh such a tough one! But I’d like to think it’s “Don’t worry, be happy” by Bobby Mcferrin
If you could give yourself one piece of advice 5 years ago what would it be …?
Stop hunching! One day you will absolutely love being tall!
And Finally five thins you can’t live without …?
-My kitten Paris
-Royal Gala apples
-Coconut oil (which you should already know by now)
-My fave leather jacket
-Nivea lip balm