Miss Universe Australia – Finalist interview Caris Tivel of WA

Congratulations on making it so far in the coveted Miss Universe competition.. Tell us a little something about yourself?
Thank you! My name is Caris Tiivel. I am a 20 year old Perth-born girl. I have been working and travelling as a model for the past few years. I really love art and love to paint and draw in my spare time. I also really enjoy being active and exercising, eating out with friends and reading a good book. Im a very humble, down to earth girl who doesn’t take herself too seriously and there is nothing I love more than caring for and helping others. My family and friends describe me as a happy, outgoing person with a great sense of humour.

Why did you get involved in Miss Universe? What drew you to such a competition?
Quite a few models I know from Chadwick (my modelling agency in Australia) have been past entrants in Miss Universe WA. From them I have heard many great things about being a contestant in the outstanding program such as the self development aspects, involvement in charity events and the opportunity to meet new people and make new friends. All of these qualities of the program highly appealed to me and so I decided to enter. I can conclude that it has been the best decision I’ve ever made and I have enjoyed it very much.

What do you do for work?
I work locally as a model for Chadwick (in Perth and Sydney) and have worked internationally for Women Direct in Milan and New York. Modelling has opened up many amazing opportunities that I am very thankful for such as working for highly coveted brands & magazines and getting to travel and see the world. It is something that I love doing.

We now live in an age where women are world leaders and trailblazers. With that in mind, how do you think miss universe, a competition based largely on looks contributes to the women’s movement?
Besides being a beauty pageant, I really think the competition is based on many aspects including who you are as a person, your abilities and aspirations. As Miss Universe you become an instant ambassador and role model to others so I definitely think there is much more to the competition than just beauty. In saying this, I think the Miss Universe competition greatly contributes to the women’s movement as it celebrates both ‘beauty and brains.’ It provides a great platform for women who are representatives of their country/the universe to promote, raise awareness and voice their views on world issues/problems and encourage more people to become involved in charitable organisations. It provides young women with a great role model to aspire to.

 In a time of celeb-culture where we know nearly as much about celebrities as our real-world friends, who is your favourite celeb figure and why?
My favourite celeb figure would definitely have to be Miranda Kerr. She is an inspiring woman and a really great role model for young women as she works hard, sets a healthy image and despite her fame appears very down to earth. She is very passionate about the health of others and the world, producing her own book full of positive affirmations,’ Treasure Yourself,’ which focuses on empowering young women and helping them to love and accept themselves better and how to achieve greater health and happiness. She is a great example of ‘beauty and brains’ and I admire that she promotes a healthy lifestyle and natural beauty.

 How would you use your voice or platform purposefully if you take out the crown of Miss Universe?
If given the title of Miss Universe, I would use my voice/platform to raise awareness for those less fortunate than us, especially those living in poverty in third world countries. I have always been very passionate about this topic and if given this platform I would love to contribute to the awareness and fundraising of this world issue and help to make poverty history. In this day and age with so much money in the world, no one deserves to have to deal with starvation on a daily basis and live in the conditions that they do. 22,000 children die each day due to poverty, and this is something I would like to see change. Besides being passionate about wanting to better the lives of those less fortunate than myself, I am generally passionate about helping others so I would love to be involved with any other local/international organisations that help create awareness and raise funds for local/international issues.
 There is obviously much pressure associated with being in a beauty pageant, what are your secrets to coping with the stress?
You definitely have to find balance in your life to cope with any stress you may get from work etc. ‘Me time’ is great for unwinding whether it be a workout at the gym (exercise = endorphins), being with your family and friends, watching your favourite television show with a big cup of tea… You just have to treat yourself and take some time off for yourself every now and then. If you take time off for yourself every now to relieve stress you’ll generally feel good and bring a positive attitude to everything that you do. 🙂


Speaking of secrets, do you have any health and beauty secrets you would like to share with us?
Health wise I would have to say definitely having a balanced diet, exercising a few times a week, drinking lots of water and getting as much sleep as I can make me feel my absolute best. This helps keep my skin well hydrated and clear and I feel energised from the inside out and ready to take on the day with the best attitude and outlook possible. Beauty wise I would say letting your skin breathe every now and then! As a model and Miss Universe contestant I wear make-up a lot of the time so whenever I have a free day at home I like to go make-up free and put a mask on for 20 minutes to allow my skin to heal and rejuvinate.

With the view that beauty pageants are all about empowering women, what do you think is the essence of being a woman?
The essence of being a woman can be many things. Personally I think that being a woman is wonderful, and that the essence of being a woman is the ability to nurture and to love deeply, unconditionally. Having your own unique beauty, sensuality, independence, class and intelligence, and using these qualities to pursue and chase your dreams and live a happy and healthy life.

You can often tell a lot from someone biggest role mode/icon/legend.. Who is yours and why?
My parents are my biggest role models in my life, they are people I look up to every day of my life and I respect them deeply. They have taught me the basic values and morals of life, and to respect myself and others. They have supported and helped me 100% my entire life, through good times and bad. They do whatever they can to make me happy and treat me with the utmost love and affection. They have provided me with the tools and knowledge that I need to create a life for myself and chase my dreams. Without them I wouldn’t be the person I am today.


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