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 Chelsey Nichols, from Queensland 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 22-year-old Bachelor of Law / Bachelor of Arts student from the Gold Coast and currently completing my final year of study. My goal is to pursue a successful career in intellectual property or entertainment law while being able to dedicate time to undertake community pro bono work.
Aside from my career endeavours, I am a hip hop dancer that is part of an all girl crew set to compete later in the year and I am an extremely adventurous individual who loves to travel.
Chelsey 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 competition thus far has been incredible and has provided me with the opportunity to partake in many activities I that will never forget. During our time in Bali, I learnt a lot about myself, was able to develop my self-confidence and obtained numerous skills that will be beneficial throughout my life…wherever it may take me.
It has, at times, been challenging, as all of the national finalists are beautiful, kind and intelligent women who deserve to be in the competition. Innately, you tend to compare yourselves to one another in this environment, but I have learned the importance of believing in your own strengths and your individuality.
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?
Aside from individual growth, I have really enjoyed our participation in charity work including the time that we spent at the Bali Life Orphanage. This was such a highlight for me as some of the girls had taught themselves a dance and were so proud to perform it to us. I was actually able to jump up and dance with them once they had finished which was such an awesome experience that I will never forget.
I also really enjoyed going surfing with some of the girls one morning during our down time. Two of the locals spent some time with us, helping us to catch some waves. There were, of course, a few wipe-outs but we all had so much fun.
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?
My number one priority in the build up has been my fitness. Of course, I’d like to look my best when I take the stage, but working out has been a great way for me to take some time out and quieten my mind, which allows to better focus on all that I’d like to achieve.
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 like to think that I am a grounded and well-rounded person, so as much as I love feeling beautiful and elegant when I’m made-up, and in my gown, I’m not afraid to abseil off a cliff-edge, train hard at the gym, wakeboard or ski… I’ll give anything a go! Aside from my adventurous side, as I mentioned, I am also a hip hop dancer, set to compete later in the year, a law student in the final year of my degree, and have an interest in property.
Speaking of unique flare or style what would you say is your best style or beauty secret?
My best style secret would be to dress in way that reflects the best version of you, whether that be choosing clothes that accentuate your assets or wearing colours and prints that show your personality.
What inspired you to enter in the Miss Universe Australia pageant?
I had a friend that entered the competition a few years ago, and at that time, I had other friends question me as to why I wasn’t participating. It was something I had thought of doing for a long time but never entered due to fear of failure. This year I promised myself I would put that fear aside and give it a go – and here I am, never having expected to make it to National Finals.
Speaking of inspiration who or what inspires you most?
A friend of mine founded the mental health charity Breaking Free. He dedicates an immense amount of time developing programs and educating high school students on the importance of maintaining positive mental health. His passion and dedication to this cause is truly inspiring.
What is something people might find interesting about yourself?
I am currently learning to play the guitar and also sing
What does the average day look like for you?
Well if the last few weeks are anything to go by, my average day would start with an early wake up (coffee is a must!) then off to uni for the day to study and of course, catch up with some friends. Once my study is done for the day, it’s off to the gym for a group fitness class or training with a friend, followed by a good stretch session, then it’s home to cook a healthy dinner before hopping into bed to watch house of cards (with a cup of tea haha).
Where is your favourite place in the world to wind down and relax?
The beach – always the beach. It doesn’t matter how stressed I am or how much is going on, a walk along the beach always clears my mind.
What is something you find yourself saying all the time?
Everything happens for a reason. Where one opportunity doesn’t pull through, or something happens that seems negative at the time; I like to believe that it is part of the journey that I am meant to be on. Thus far, this mentality has never failed me.
If you could give yourself one piece of advice five years ago what would it be?
Back yourself, stop second-guessing and trust the journey
And finally what are the five things you couldn’t live without?
Coffee, music, dark chocolate, my family and lip balm!