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 Sarah Macleod 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 live in beautiful Melbourne and am finishing off a double degree in Communication Design & Business majoring in marketing. I love to travel and have lived and worked in such places as Scotland, Greece and China, however after travelling the world it really makes you appreciate how lucky we are to live in such an incredible country!! When I’m not working or studying you’ll find me with friends, generally on some kind of adventure! I love to get crafty and am often working on little DIY projects around my house. My Mum taught me how to make clothes when I was younger and since then I have always loved to create my own garments – I even designed and made my own dress for my year 12 formal.
Sarah Congratulations on making it so far in such a coveted competition! We have to ask how has the overall experience been so far …?
It’s been pretty incredible! It’s always challenging putting yourself forward and stepping out of your comfort zone, but the outcomes have been so rewarding, plus I’ve really enjoyed meeting all the gorgeous girls!
And how are you feelings in the lead up to the finals. ..?
It’s a little nerve racking but I’m actually very excited, I’m looking forward to meeting everyone and having a really fun week.
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 the contestants are an incredible bunch of young women. Each of the contestants has something slightly different to offer the competition, I’d like to think I bring a nice balance to the competition plus my cheeky sense of humour!!
What is something people might find interesting about yourself …? I grew up on a farm in Country Victoria and spent my childhood riding horses and exploring the bush!
Speaking of a person’s unique flare or style what would you say is your best style or beauty secret …? My best beauty secret would be to always wear a smile (also coconut oil is a miracle worker!!).
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 love to stay fit, when I’m in a good routine I have so much energy and am far more focused and alert. I generally do a mix of cardio and weights, I also love to do a couple of sessions of yoga or pilates a week. I also think that incidental exercise is great, for example when I catch up with friends we might go for a walk rather than sitting in a cafe!
Who or what inspired you to get involved in the Miss Universe Australia Pageant …? What drew you to such a competition ….? It was my Mum who finally convinced me to give it a go! I think it’s important to get out of your comfort zone and challenge yourself, it’s been an incredible opportunity for personal growth and is such an incredible platform. I’ve found this whole process such a challenging yet rewarding experience.
Speaking of inspiration who inspires you most …?
I find Cate Blanchett an incredibly inspirational woman. Not only is she highly intelligent and very talented but she has an incredibly strong social conscience and donates a lot of her time towards charity and philanthropic ventures
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’ve had long-standing relationships with a few not-for-profit organisations, but I’m particularly passionate about the issue of extreme poverty. I think in this day and age no-one should be forced to live below the poverty line and if I had the opportunity to use Miss Universe as a platform I would want to raise awareness and generate discussion around Australia’s commitment to the Millennium Development Goals which include ‘Eradicating extreme poverty and hunger’.
What is something you hope to bring out of the Miss Universe Australia Pageant …? I hope that I leave this competition with a great bunch of new friends!
Now the Quick 5
1. What is something you find yourself always saying …? “I need a coffee!”
2. Your Favourite place in the world to wind down and relax …? Byron Bay, such a beautiful and zen environment!
3. What song would you say is your personal anthem or theme song …? Gosh, I think I have a new one each week! Although, my ultimate favourite musician is Tracy Chapman – so pretty much any of her tunes!
4. If you could give yourself one piece of advice 5 years ago what would it be …? Just do it!! Don’t be scared of failure – it’s how we learn and grow.
5. And Finally five things you can’t live without …? Coffee! My runners, eyemask (I can’t sleep without it!), lip balm, and my dog Chilli!!