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 Elise Chambellant. Congratulations on making it through to the state finals, why don’t you tell us about yourself?
I am a Brisbane girl born and raised. I recently turned 21, and I am currently in my fourth year of Exercise and Nutrition Science at The University of Queensland. I have a love for health and fitness which I like to combine with my constant need to explore nature; hiking and waterfall hopping just seem so much more entertaining than walking on a treadmill. I act for commercial and television projects as well as modelling outside of my studies. My friends, family and close network take priority in my life and always have. I hope to use my experience and qualifications to help other young people realise their full potential. All a brilliant young mind needs is encouragement and support. I feel I am well on my way to making that dream a reality.
We all have motivations, Mine usually revolves around coffee but what was your key motivation for entering the MUA competition?
As this is my second time competing for the title of MUA, I feel my motivation has changed enormously. Entering for the second time did not come without a great deal of ‘toing, and froing’ MUA is a massive leap… Physically and emotionally it pushes you to your limits… Well, I suppose that depends on how competitive you are which brings me to my answer. I am a competitive, determined young lady with unrelenting standards and I expect nothing but the best from MYSELF. If I don’t feel I have presented my best, then I don’t intend on stopping until I do which is why I entered for the second time in 2017. My greatest competition is the woman in the mirror, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
What part of the Miss Universe Australia program are you most looking forward to?
Connecting and building new and lasting relationships with like-minded and kind-hearted people should and always will be the best aspect of any new experience for me. I don’t believe it will be any different this time around and I cannot wait to see what new friends I have by the end of the competition.
We are all unique so what would you say is something that makes you stand out from the other contestants?
Resilience is key. I have grown immensely in the past two years and even more so in the months proceeding MUA 2016. Those close to me tend to describe me as “ahead of my years” or “an old soul” which I feel has often set me apart from the crowd. I have known real pain and faced huge setbacks at a young age which sees me prioritising other’s happiness before my own. Many people see that as a disadvantage but by putting others first I have found the people in my life who are worth keeping and who will fight to keep me a part of theirs and those people are truly irreplaceable.
With the state finals, less than a fortnight away, has your routine changed at all?
I have an all or nothing personality type which applies to my fitness training especially. I am either at the gym every day or not at all for weeks which means I burn out easily. This time around I have focused more on consistency and quality of training rather than quantity. I treat my body well, clean eating and plenty of HIIT, a good stretch and lots of rest. Fewer cocktails and more greens are probably the takeaway message here!
What is something that you hope to bring out of the Miss Universe Australia pageant?
The most important attribute I hope to take away from the Miss Universe Australia pageant is an unwavering self-confidence that allows me to be resilient and determined no matter what pit stops I may face. Without a strong sense of confidence and self-love, I don’t believe we can to the best of our potential help those we wish to help. What I want most is to help others, and to do this, I must be the strongest version of myself possible which is what the Miss Universe Australia journey is about for me in 2017.
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?
My family and friends
My puppies and all of my beautiful pets
Dessert any kind mostly Darrell Lee BB’s they are my new thing
MOTHER EARTH CLEARLY! Pick up your rubbish!
Eyebrow brush… I have this weird eyebrow thing don’t ask
How long does it take you to scroll through Facebook before giving up?
When it comes to social media, I have the attention span of a teaspoon… So not long
How would your closest friend describe you?
Ahead of my years
Insane (don’t do things by halves right?)
When You Dance, You look like?
Finally, and this one is important, so please pay attention… What do you think pets dream about?
Fascinating question mostly because I have been watching my new addition to the family Teddy (14 week old puppy) dream for the past two weeks and I have been so desperate to know what they are about! I think for my pups… they grew up with three cats so they must dream about chasing the cats and I think my three cats… dream about being chased by the pups. My household is a constant cat and dog skit in real life.
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