Well, Autumn is in full swing, and It’s also that time of year when the search to find Miss Universe Australia is well underway with state finalists being announced across the country.
So we thought it would be a perfect time to kick off some home state interviews with Chelsey Nichols. Congratulations on making it through to the state finals, why don’t you tell us about yourself?
Thank you, I’m very humbled to be a part of it! I am a 22-year-old Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Arts student who is lucky to call the Gold Coast home. After completing my fifth and final year of my degree, I hope to return to New York later in the year, where I have previously spent some time modelling and gaining invaluable experience in digital marketing. Upon my return, I was fortunate to enough to gain the position of Marketing Assistant for a luxury national salon chain. However, I have recently made a move to a role with the Commonwealth Games as a legal intern, specialising in brand protection.
Aside from my studies and career endeavours, I am an adventurous soul with a love of travel and a will to give anything a go. I am also a passionate dancer, having done so since the age of three and am part of an all-girl crew set to compete throughout the year.
Also, Chelsey and the other contestants are supporting a great cause through Toy Box International, The money that is raised will assist in providing rooms for families staying at Ronald McDonald houses across the country, allowing children that are undergoing treatment at the children’s hospital to have their families by their side. You can support this cause by clicking here
We all have motivations, Mine usually revolves around coffee but what was your key motivation for entering the MUA competition?
I’d agree! (laughs) Coffee is definitely a motivation I can’t live without! I contemplated entering Miss Universe Australia for a few years, but I was hesitant to do as I didn’t feel confident enough. This year, I made the decision to set my self-doubt aside and finally pursue the things I had wanted to do. I hope that through Miss Universe, I can demonstrate to others that firstly, they can set aside fears that may be holding them back and that secondly when you believe yourself, and utilise your strengths you truly can achieve great things.
What part of the Miss Universe Australia program are you most looking forward to?
After meeting the QLD contestants at our Paper Rokk hair workshop, I am looking forward to spending some more time with the girls! We all connected pretty quickly, and I feel as though the friendships to be made will last for years to come. The competition also provides an amazing opportunity to work with incredible sponsors such as Toybox International that enable us to give back to the community. I’m particularly looking forward to being involved with the Ronald McDonald House and our fund-raising initiative that will help to provide accommodation for the families of children receiving treatment
We are all unique so what would you say is something that makes you stand out from the other contestants?
I pride myself on being a diverse individual and take an interest in many different aspects of life. I enjoy motorbike riding, bungee jumping, skiing and abseiling but also enjoy curling up and reading a book, and the performing arts, while also having an interest in entrepreneurship and property investment. I am an extremely driven individual, who always endeavours to stay true to myself and undertake every task to the best of my ability.
With the state finals, less than a fortnight away, has your routine changed at all?
I am still trying to maintain a well-balanced diet and fit in as much exercise as possible around my busy schedule. Luckily my dancing keeps me fairly in shape, but of course, I would like to feel as great about myself as possible.
What is something that you hope to bring out of the Miss Universe Australia pageant?
From the competition, I hope to gain greater self-belief and develop my public speaking skills. I also hope to make new friendships and connections that will continue well into the future.
We will wrap up with a few irrelevant and random questions, now that my coffee has worn off.
Name five things you can’t live without?
Music, dark chocolate macadamia’s, coffee, my family and pawpaw ointment! (laughs)
How long does it take you to scroll through Facebook before giving up?
About 10 seconds unless a video catches my eye, then I’m stuck in a video vortex 😛
How would your closest friend describe you?
I think they would best describe me as driven, ambitious and kind-hearted.
When You Dance, You look like?
Probably the best version of myself! I love dancing, whether it be in class, on a night out or to some salsa music at my favourite bar. I’m generally one of the first people to the dance floor.
Finally, and this one is important, so please pay attention… What do you think pets dream about?
(laughs) Well I know that my dog is probably dreaming of Christmas day rummaging through a mountain of wrapping paper in the living room looking for his treat or running into the water down at the beach to meet another little pup!
So not long now until this highly anticipated event that will see 28 of QLD’s most beautiful women compete to secure a spot as a QLD National Finalist, and go on to compete in and represent QLD in the Miss Universe Australia National Final. Get Your Ticket Here