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 Nikola Sonerson, from Victoria 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?
My name is Nikola Sonerson; I am a 20-year-old who has grown up in the Western Suburbs of Melbourne. I am currently in my third year of a double degree, studying a Bachelor of Law and a Bachelor of Arts.
Nikola 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 so far been immensely rewarding. It amazed me how much this competition has changed me as a person. The way I view myself as well as my outlook on life and opportunities has become so much more positive. I wake up every day excited to better myself in all aspects, to be able to bring the best version of myself to the National finals. Being involved in activities such as cooking for the Ronald McDonald house has made me so grateful to be healthy and able to help out others.
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 Bali trip was both daunting and incredible. It was great to be able to meet the other contestants and make friendships that will last a lifetime. The workshops we participated in helped me improve my self-confidence, and realise how similar we, in fact, all are. It was challenging constantly being filmed and having photos taken, but this was great preparation for what life as Miss Universe Australia would be like. Having past winners of the title come along on the trip was extremely helpful, and it was great to hear about how they have overcome their own challenges and taken on amazing opportunities. The highlight of my trip would have to be both visiting the orphanage and seeing the wonderful dances the kids had prepared and sitting around a beautiful beach bonfire, toasting marshmallows at Sundays beach club.
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’m not feeling as nervous as I thought I would. Mainly because I feel as though we have been well prepared. I’m feeling excited to be reunited with all the other girls and take on new challenges. To get prepared, I have been eating nutritious foods and really trying to take care of my body from the inside out. I’ve also been practising my walk in all types of heels.
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 think my ability to take a step back and see just how lucky I am to have made it this far will set me apart. It’s often easy to get caught up in being the best in a competition like this, but I’ve always tried to remain very humble and know that no matter how far I make it I will be satisfied and proud.
Speaking of unique flare or style what would you say is your best style or beauty secret?
I love to op shop! My best style secret is to mix the old with the new! I always get complimented on the one off pieces I find, and it feels great being able to wear something and know the money you paid goes to charities.
What inspired you to enter in the Miss Universe Australia pageant?
I was inspired by one of my best friends who entered both last year and this year. She allowed me to see the growth and confidence this competition brings out in people, and it was something I aspired to experience.
Speaking of inspiration who or what inspires you most?
My ultimate inspiration is Emily Ratajkowski. Not only is she an incredible model and actress, but she is also an activist for women’s rights. She is a great role model and highlights that you can be both sexy and smart and make the two work together.
What is something people might find interesting about yourself?
I love to paint and draw. My mum and grandma paint and this has been passed along through the family. I currently major in Fine Arts at University and in the future would love to one day teach Art.
What does the average day look like for you?
My average day usually involves catching up for coffee with a friend, making time to go for a walk or to the gym, and usually working at night at 400 Grade
Where is your favourite place in the world to wind down and relax?
I am lucky enough to have a little cabin by the Murray River in NSW. It is a secluded getaway that has many childhood memories attached to it. I appreciate it more and more as I grow older because it is so quiet and gives you time to detach from things like social media for a few days.
What is something you find yourself saying all the time?
Its not always out loud but almost every day I tell myself how blessed I am to just be living.
If you could give yourself one piece of advice five years ago what would it be?
To not worry about the small things! I was a massive stress head over things like studying and friendships, and I found as I got older that everything turns out perfectly when you don’t worry too much about it.
And finally what are the five things you couldn’t live without?
My German Sheppard Ozzie, my family, my passport, coffee and music.