Congratulations on making it so far in the coveted Miss Universe competition.. Tell us a little something about yourself?
Although I was actually born overseas, I consider myself a Gold Coast girl at heart. The beach is my second home – I am there at any opportunity I get (I’m a typical Aquarian, I love the water)! I also love water sports, fitness, scrap booking, eating out and trying new cultures and food.
Why did you get involved in Miss Universe? What drew you to such a competition?
I do a lot of charity work in my day-to-day job and I also model part-time. The Miss Universe pageant combines these two things, so my friends and family thought it would be perfect for me and encouraged me to enter.
What do you do for work?
I graduated university in 2011 with a Bachelor of Business and a double major in Marketing and Event Management. I now work at an internationally renowned restaurant as an Event and Functions Co-ordinator/Corporate Liaison, as well as my modelling, which I manage to squeeze in too.
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?
Although the Miss Universe competition is a beauty pageant, I actually think it works TOWARDS the women’s movement, as it is the ideal platform to prove that you can have both beauty and brains. The majority of finalists are highly educated, intelligent young women with successful careers, who make a great contribution to society every day. The women’s movement is about equality for women – it doesn’t mean that we can’t celebrate our beauty – and I think the Miss Universe pageant is a great way to show that.
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 absolute favourite celebrity is Ross Kemp, the BAFTA award-winning actor, author and journalist. His ability to connect with people and share their stories is truly amazing. His documentaries are incredibly powerful and the way he presents them in an unbiased way allow you to draw your own conclusions on the topics he covers, which I think is very important.
How would you use your voice or platform purposefully if you take out the crown of Miss Universe?
I would love to use the title of Miss Universe to give others less fortunate than myself a voice to be heard. There are so many people suffering in so many ways and they never get to tell their stories and promote awareness of their plights. It would very rewarding to draw public attention to those in need and know that just by speaking out, I was able to change somebody’s life for the better. There are so many topics I am passionate about, it would be hard to choose just one to campaign for as Miss Universe.
There is obviously much pressure associated with being in a beauty pageant, what are your secrets to coping with the stress?
The secret lies in achieving the perfect work/life balance! It’s really important to give yourself time to unwind from the stress of your job and home life. You need to make time to spend with your loved ones, exercise and just zone out from the little things that are driving you crazy every day. Mental health is just as important as physical health and I think sometimes this is easily forgotten. I really believe that you need to have a healthy mind and spirit as well as a healthy body.
Speaking of secrets, do you have any health and beauty secrets you would like to share with us?
Water! I truly believe that drinking two litres a day makes a difference for me. When I’m well hydrated, my skin looks better and I feel better too. I notice that I feel sluggish when I’m not drinking enough water. I also use toothpaste on stubborn pimples and blow dry my hair upside down for a good volume boost.
With the view that beauty pageants are all about empowering women, what do you think is the essence of being a woman?
Being an empowered woman doesn’t mean getting rid of all the qualities that were traditionally associated with a woman. I still believe that women are born with the instinct to love and nurture, and if you want to demonstrate that by making a beautiful home for your family instead of pursuing a career then more power to you! The essence of being a woman is having the strength to chase your dreams and create a fulfilling life for yourself, no matter what that dream is.
You can often tell a lot from someone biggest role mode/icon/legend. Who is yours and why?
Mine was definitely my Dad. Obviously, without him (and my gorgeous Mum) I wouldn’t have been here to enjoy the life I am living today. He taught me that it was possible to have it all – he created, protected and loved a beautiful family while controlling a very successful business. His quick wit and wicked humour, as well as his passion for life still inspire me to enjoy every single second of every day and his passing really drove home the fact that you need to make the most out of the time you are given on this earth! Don’t sit around wishing for your dreams to come true – go out and make them happen!
Moo Moo’s Wine bar and grill supports Silka Fun Fundraiser Friday – Friday 5th July at Moo Moo The Wine bar + Grill BroadBeach 6.30 – 8.00 pm
As you all probably have heard by now, our very own Events Coordinator and Marketing Manager (the gorgeous Silka Kurzak) is a finalist in the Miss Universe Australia contest. She does such a great job raising money for others at our regular ladies lunches, we thought it would be nice if we could give her a hand to make her own dreams come true by throwing her a little fundraiser this Friday 5th July.
Tickets are $65* each and include 1.5 hours of drinks and canapes. Come on down for an evening of fun ,show your support for Silka and help her on her journey to becoming the next Miss Universe!
To purchase tickets, or for more information, call 5539 9952