Well, it’s that time of year when the search to find Miss Universe Australia is well underway with state finals kicking off across the country.
Starting off our home state interviews is Chloe Keenan one of the contestants who will be competing for a place in the national final held later this year in Melbourne at Sofitel Melbourne on Collins, Wednesday, August 31st, 2016 where the nations finalists will be competing for the title of Miss Universe Australia 2016.
Congratulations on making it so far in the coveted Miss Universe Australia competition tell us a little about yourself..?
Thank you, I’m enjoying the journey. I’m studying Psychology at the University of Queensland, and I’m a Flight Attendant for Virgin Australia. I am extremely family orientated, and I am always focused on working on my short-term business pursuits and long-term goals and ambitions.
Who or what inspired you to get involved in the Miss Universe Australia pageant?
The Miss Universe Australia competition is a great avenue for personal development. In particular, this year, I was drawn to the vast opportunities provided to improve my personal fitness and health through the diverse collective of sponsors. I’m looking forward to enhancing my own confidence and deportment through the teamwork exercises. I am also eager to do more work with charities that primarily focus on the wellbeing of children. Miss Universe Australia is a fantastic platform for young women to have a voice and support educational opportunities for less fortunate demographics.
Speaking of inspiration what inspires you most?
My mother. When I talk to her or spend time with her, she puts everything into perspective. She knows me more than anyone else in this world and her unconditional love always inspires me.
What is something that you hope to bring out of the Miss Universe Australia pageant?
Develop my personal skills, I know that I will continue to meet many different people who will enrich my life, and hopefully I can offer them something positive to add to their journey.
The Miss Universe Pageant has a long history of associating with charity are there any social causes that are particularly close to your heart that you would like to use the platform of Miss Universe to advance?
Ronald McDonald House Charities have always been close to my heart, and I have worked with, supported and volunteered my time for over ten years, and I am thrilled that they are involved with Miss Universe Australia this year and hopefully will continue to do so in the future.
The rivalry between states is sure to be heightened this year why do you think Queensland is the best state to take out Miss Universe Australia?
Queensland is representative of the quintessential Australian lifestyle and is home to numerous World Heritage Listed natural wonders and iconic tourist locations. I think Queensland girls are educated and metropolitan but also have a keen awareness of nature and an outdoor lifestyle.
GETTING TO KNOW YOU
What is something you find yourself always saying?
“Everything happens for a reason.” I pride myself on being open and optimistic about the various challenges and surprises that life throws at me. At the end of a difficult time, I find that almost everything makes sense and leads me in a new direction that I was destined to follow.
How would your closest friend describe you?
I asked my best friend to describe me, and she just answered: “You’re a very generous person with endless energy. You’re the most vibrant person I know, and you make everyone in a group environment feel valued and acknowledged.”
What are your top three values that you live by?
Gratitude, altruism and honesty
Something that makes you stand out from other contestants?
I grew up in a couple of regional towns, and I have interacted with people from many different walks of life. I think my experience living in various places and travelling extensively as a flight attendant has allowed me to understand what drives different people and learn what other people’s values are. I think it has enabled me to develop into a very empathetic person, which I am grateful for.
What does your current fitness regime look like in the lead up to the state finals ..?
I feel fresh and energised when I have a consistent exercise routine. Fortunately, we are all lucky enough to have a membership with Think 24hr Fitness and our own personal trainer! It’s a service that I’m very thankful to take advantage of.
Previously, over the past two years, my personal trainer (Reese) has been working with me, and I have consistently undertaken two, forty-five minutes sessions per week with him. At the moment, I’m doing three personal training sessions per week, and I also try my best to run every day. Occasionally, I like to dabble in rock-climbing, yoga, pilates and Zumba… anything that gets the blood pumping! 😉
Name five things you can’t live without?
I believe I could live without most materialistic items, but the five things that get me by are of course my phenomenally supportive family and friends, my beautiful long-haired chihuahua (Zoe!), my wings (I’m a flight attendant, and I love my job), my beauty products (because I think beauty hygiene is a cleansing way for me to start and finish my day) and books (because I love to fall asleep reading a book, it’s a great way to unwind after a hectic day).
What song would you say is your personal anthem or theme song and why…?
Don’t Stop Me Now – Queen
Its tongue and cheek, but it truly makes me feel unstoppable.