The search to find the next Miss Universe Australia is underway, with National finalists preparing to touch down in Melbourne later this month ahead of the national finals held at the Sofitel on Collins June 29.
We are chatting with Ashton Carbone, from The Northern Territory who will be competing for the 2017 title of Miss Universe Australia,
Following in the footsteps of Jennifer Hawkins, Rachael Finch, Tegan Martin & Jesinta Campbell.
First of all the introduction, Why don’t you tell us about yourself?
Hi, my name is Ashton, I am 20 years old, and I live in Darwin, Northern Territory. I have various interests and hobbies; they include cooking, camping, fishing, horse riding and dancing. I own a very playful husky named Kyah, who I adore. I love to travel and experience different cultures, meeting new people and admiring breathtaking scenery. I have been very fortunate to have travelled to some very picturesque places; they include Hawaii, Alaska, Indonesia and many other beautiful parts of Australia. I am counting down the days until I am off on my next adventure, enjoying the sights of Europe.
If I could describe myself in one sentence, it would be that I am fun loving, caring, adventurous and ambitious.
Ashton Congratulations on making it so far in the such a coveted competition, we have to ask how the overall experience has been so far?
The experience has been so surreal, and I feel very grateful and honoured to be representing the Northern Territory on the big stage. I have grown so much as a person, and I have learnt a lot about myself on this journey. I have really enjoyed raising funds for the Toybox International Charity that assist sick and disadvantaged children. I think it is really humbling and a great opportunity to be involved with such a worthy charity.
We have just heard you returned from the Intercontinental Resort in Bali as part of the program, How was the experience and what would you say was your highlight?
The trip to Bali was unbelievable! We were all so well looked after and very spoilt in the process. It was great to finally meet all the other finalists and make some new friends. We dined at some amazing places, and we were treated to a very special traditional Indonesian farewell dinner and performance by the Intercontinental Bali Resort for our final night. The highlight for me was visiting the Bali Life Orphanage as it was an incredible eye opener. Watching the children dance, smile and enjoying themselves really does confirm that with a little love and care all children can live a better life.
It’s not long now until the finals, how are you feeling in the lead-up and what sort of preparation are you doing, before the finals get underway?
I am feeling nervous but also very excited. My preparation for the finals has changed slightly. I now begin my day with an early morning walk to prepare myself for the day ahead. I have mixed up my routine at the gym increasing my cardio sessions while still doing weight exercises. I am making better food choices, and I have spent more time reading and researching news sites to try and stay as informed as possible on local and world events.
With so many women all bring their individual flare to the competition, what do you think will set you apart from the other contestants?
I believe all of the finalists have their own individual flare which is what makes this experience so interesting. On a personal level, I am a humble, approachable person with a crazy sense of humour. I like to make people smile and feel good about themselves. I think it is important to always stay true to yourself and treat people with kindness, no matter what the situation.
Speaking of unique flare or style what would you say is your best style or beauty secret?
I love to accessorise! Whether it be a chunky necklace or glitzy earrings, accessorising can make a simple outfit go from drab to FAB in no time. I also think defined eyebrows are essential, they shape your face and can really make a difference in the way makeup appears on the face.
What inspired you to enter in the Miss Universe Australia pageant?
I entered the competition because I really wanted to challenge myself, I have never done anything like this before, and I’ve always had a passion for the beauty and fashion industry. What better opportunity to develop new skills, build self-confidence and develop new friendships with young women that have similar goals. I still cannot believe this is all happening. I feel so fortunate!
Speaking of inspiration who or what inspires you most?
Miranda Kerr inspires me the most; I think she is a perfect role model for young women as she promotes a happy and healthy lifestyle which I really admire. Also, the 1920’s and 1950’s fashion era really inspires me. The simple elegance, from the sculptured hairstyles featuring finger waves and soft curls to the unique dress style. In my opinion, women always looked stylish and immaculate.
What is something people might find interesting about yourself?
I had the opportunity to spend three weeks during an Alaskan winter chasing the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights). Fortunately, my persistence paid off, and I was able to witness this amazing natural phenomenon. The lack of sleep was totally worth it!
What does the average day look like for you?
My days tend to be hectic, but I prefer to be busy and run to a schedule. My office position takes up most of the day, and when I’m not at work, I’m staying active challenging myself at the gym and winding down with a relaxing walk with my husky Kyah.
Where is your favourite place in the world to wind down and relax?
I would have to say a visit to the beach. Australia has the most stunning beaches! There is always a nice quiet spot to relax and unwind. I love to feel the wind in my hair and the sand between my toes. There is no better way to soothe the soul.
What is something you find yourself saying all the time?
I tend to answer with “Oh my goodness, really?” when in a discussion with friends. Now when I think about it, it sounds rather dramatic.
If you could give yourself one piece of advice five years ago what would it be?
Always chase your dreams regardless of what others think or say. Hard work and persistence pays off. Just go for it! Life is too short.
And finally what are the five things you couldn’t live without?
1. My loved ones.
2. My husky, Kyah.
3. My mobile phone.
4. Sweet treats!
5. Anastasia Beverly Hills Eyebrow Pomade.