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 Brooke Rogers, from Tasmania 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?
I am a 20-year-old from Tasmania. I am enrolled to begin studying Certificate III and IV in Fitness to become a Personal Trainer. I have danced competitively in Tap, Jazz and Lyrical/Contemporary since I was 4. I am an aspiring photographer and videographer, and the tomboy in me loves motorsport and being behind the wheel!
Brooke Congratulations on making it so far in the such a coveted competition, we have to ask how the overall experience has been so far?
Thank you so much!
It has been such an amazing, surreal experience so far. Reading the email, I received to say I was a Tasmanian Finalist was like a dream in itself. We were all just in Bali; it was so lovely to meet all the girls and build some friendships in such a beautiful place.
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?
Yes! Intercontinental Resort Bali was so lovely to have us for the week we were in Bali. I had a wonderful experience meeting everyone. The Egami Insitute Powerful Impressions workshop with Natasha Diciano was so educational and inspiring. Although there were some overwhelming times on the trip, I had an amazing time. I met some lifelong friends, and we got to experience some beautiful places amongst Bali.
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?
Finals are so close; I can’t believe how quick it has come around. I am living a balanced lifestyle. I don’t want to stray too far away from myself, so although I am eating a balanced diet and training hard I am still treating myself and listening to my body!
I am practising my walking and being conscious of my little speaking habits coming up to the Finals in Melbourne.
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 love my motorsport and being at the track. I have grown up with my father and brother being mechanics and always having a race car, so I have naturally grown to love it! Not many girls are behind the wheel of a race car, so this defiantly sets me apart.
Speaking of unique flare or style what would you say is your best style or beauty secret?
Preparation! Having a good skin care routine and keeping hydrated is the perfect recipe for a flawless dewy skin.
What inspired you to enter in the Miss Universe Australia pageant?
I had seen a post in my Facebook news feed about how Miss Universe Australia promotes confidence. I have been told previously that ‘a pretty face can only get you so far’, this lit a flame under me to prove to myself that I can do anything I set my mind to. I entered this pageant as a way to not only show these people and myself that I can but to gain knowledge about the modelling industry. And meet some pretty awesome girls!
Speaking of inspiration who or what inspires you most?
I am inspired by any being that is so determined to make it happen. Jennifer Hawkins is someone I look up to; she is so passionate and driven in what she does. She has built so many companies and has built an empire. I think it is amazing what can come about when someone is determined to make their dreams a reality.
What is something people might find interesting about yourself?
Although I had been on stage dancing since I was 4, if you put me in a room filled with people I don’t know, I am extremely shy. It is so easy to perform on stage with no worry, as you can’t see the faces of the audience clearly.
What does the average day look like for you?
I am usually working part-time at an Apple Reseller or working behind the bar at The New Sydney Hotel! If I’m not working, I will be out and about taking photographs or winding down with a movie or a TV show I’m obsessed with at the time!
Where is your favourite place in the world to wind down and relax?
It would probably be my bed! It is just so comfy, and I like to have my electric blanket on in this cold Tassie winter!
If I could be anywhere in the world, it would be laying on a daybed on a tropical island with relaxing music playing in the background.
What is something you find yourself saying all the time?
If you could give yourself one piece of advice five years ago what would it be?
I would tell myself to not worry so much about what other people are saying or thinking of me; it is out of my control. And don’t sweat the small stuff!
And finally what are the five things you couldn’t live without?
I could not live without lip balm, my phone (of course), my camera, comfy shoes and a good hydrating moisturiser.