Today we are catching up with Natasha Huisman of Western Australia, one of the 24 talented and inspiring women from all walks of life who are hoping to be crowned Miss Universe Australia 2023 at The Sofitel Melbourne on Collins this Friday.
So, Natasha why don’t you tell us a little about yourself?
I’m from Western Australia. Now in my second year of an electrician apprenticeship, I am constantly learning new skills and face both mental and physical challenges, adding to the fulfilment I get from my job. Outside work, I love staying active, whether it’s hitting the gym or going for runs. And a fun fact about me? I have a pet alpaca.
We all have motivations, mine usually around good coffee, but what was your key motivation for entering Miss Universe Australia?
My key motivation for entering Miss Universe was to not only grow as a woman and find greater self-confidence, but to inspire many young women to chase their passion and break down barriers.
As part of the program, you recently went on the National Finalist Trip to Vietnam at Furama Resort Da Nang, what was the experience like?
It was absolutely incredible. The resort itself was beautiful, the people were so kind and welcoming, I didn’t want to leave. The experience as a whole was incredibly special, building relationships with beautifully strong women, spending time with the amazing people at Da Nang Association for Victims of Agent Orange, learning from the best at the NIDA course and had so much fun at our official swimsuit photoshoot, just to name a few. I have taken away so much inspiration and confidence from this trip, and I am so thankful. This will be a trip that will be a forever memory.
What would you say was the highlight of your trip?
This is a hard question because the whole trip was a highlight, but if I had to pick one, it would be visiting Da Nang Association for Victims of Agent Orange, singing and dancing hoping to make their day special, they certainly made my day something special.
With everyone bringing their own unique and individual flair to the program, what is something that sets you apart from the other finalists?
Coming from a male-dominated field has shaped my journey in a unique way. It’s taught me the importance of resilience, determination, and the power of a woman’s perspective. I believe that every finalist here brings their own individual flair and story. My experience shows an understanding of breaking barriers and persisting despite challenges. This resilience is what I believe sets me apart.
If you could ask our current Miss Universe Australia, Monique Riley, one question, what would it be and why?
If I could ask Monique one question, it would be, “Pineapple or no pineapple on pizza?” … Okay, not that one, but I’d like to ask, “What specific moment or lesson from this journey would you want every young Australian to know about, and why?” I believe this question can tell a story, show resilience, and can relate to and inspire many young women.
Tell us something you’re passionate about and why?
I am passionate about my work and gender diversity in fields that are traditionally dominated by men. As a female in a trade, I would like to share my experiences and guidance to educate and break down barriers.
To finish up the interview we have a few quick questions
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
I would live in Paris.
What’s your ideal way to spend a day off?
A nice walk to get an oat milk matcha and head down to the beach for a swim.
What makes you laugh out loud?
My Friends and Family.