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 Marika Day 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..?
I am a dietitian, nutritionist and personal trainer and have recently launched my own business working with young women to educate and empower them to be their fittest, healthiest and happiest self. If I’m not in the gym or exercising outdoors, you’ll probably find me in the kitchen or napping somewhere.
Who or what inspired you to get involved in the Miss Universe Australia pageant?
It was a bit of a spur of the moment thing for me; it popped up somewhere on social media and I just decided, why not give it a go! I’m always looking for a new challenge.
Speaking of inspiration what inspires you most?
My clients! I’m inspired by their stories and struggles as well as the dedication and effort they put in the day in and day out.
What is something that you hope to bring out of the Miss Universe Australia pageant?
I see it as a wonderful opportunity to engage in new experiences, meet new people and do things that are typically out of my comfort zone. I’m all about getting comfortable being uncomfortable.
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?
Absolutely! As a dietician, I have worked with many females with eating disorders and the work done by the Butterfly Foundation is amazing. They work in the prevention, treatment and support of those with and affected by eating disorders and negative body image.
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
Because Queensland always wins 😉 (State of Origin fan). In all seriousness, the girls are all lovely, beautiful girls, and I think Queensland is in with a hot chance this year.
GETTING TO KNOW YOU
What is something you find yourself always saying …?
“I’m hungry!” Seriously, doesn’t matter what time of day or when I last ate haha!
How would your closest friend describe you?
Keeping in theme with the above question – always hungry or eating, passionate, driven and a massive foodie and fitness fanatic.
What are your top three values that you live by?
Oh three is so hard. Honesty, gratitude, love, optimism and health
Something that makes you stand out from other contestants?
My down-to-earth attitude and personality and my passion for leading young women to change their lives.
What does your current fitness regime look like in the lead up to the state finals ..?
I am very regular and consistent with my training all year round so I am not changing my training much at all. Keeping consistent with strength training, HIIT circuits and running. I also just tried kickboxing for the first time yesterday which was hilarious due to my lack of coordination, but so much fun.
Name five things you can’t live without?
Food!!! iPhone, water bottle, coffee, naps.
What song would you say is your personal anthem or theme song and why…?
Oh, this could change based on the day and my mood haha. I’m going to go with Beyonce “Run the World (Girls)