Nina Evans - Miss Universe Australia 2021 Finalist Interview
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Nina Evans – Miss Universe Australia 2021 Finalist Interview

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Today we are catching up with Nina Evans of Queensland, one of the 29 talented and inspiring women from all walks of life who are hoping to be crowned Miss Universe Australia 2021. 

So Nina , why don’t you tell us a little about yourself?

Not many people would guess that I was born in the UK and moved over to sunny Australia with my family at the age of twelve. I couldn’t imagine my life if that move didn’t happen, except for maybe still having a slight English accent; I was meant to live the Australian life.

My first boyfriend had a VW Kombi camper van, so we travelled up and down the East Coast of Australia a lot, where my love for the outdoors and the beachy, relaxed lifestyle grew. Then, nearly 11 years ago, at the ripe young age of 17, I broke up with my first love, moved out of home (and Sydney) and lived on a University campus up here in the idyllic state of Queensland.
I went to every music festival possible, travelled as much as I could, skiing, snowboarding, camping, hiking, adventuring, boating, jet skiing, I could go on. In the midst of this, I graduated from University and became a Qualified Dietitian and Personal Trainer and helped improve the lives of Veterans and people with disabilities with all things health and nutrition.

I struggled with self-confidence, which I wanted to improve, so I started to put myself out there for modelling jobs and reluctantly put myself in front of the camera. In those past few years, I have grown immensely as a person, went back to University and completed another degree in Human Resource Management and stumbled across Miss Universe Australia.

We all have motivations, mine usually revolving around good coffee, but what was your key motivation for entering the Miss Universe Australia competition?

Besides finding this newfound courage to step out of my comfort zone into the fun and exciting world of modelling, the opportunity to represent our wonderful state of QLD and the chance to represent Australia as a nation is incredible! The possibilities are endless. 

As part of the program, you recently spent some time up in our hometown of the Gold Coast with the Village Roadshow team; what was the experience like?

What part of swimming with sharks, sunset cruising, roller-coasting and water-sliding could you not like?! All with an incredible group of people. We had A LOT of fun! Lots of laughs, memories, growth and friendships were made; the experience blew my expectations. 

What would you say was the highlight of your trip?

I mean, how am I meant to choose just one highlight?! For me, I loved the feeling once we had all completed our finals interviews, all of our shooting was done, and we were all dressed up and ready to head out to Top Golf and Burleigh Pavilion to celebrate together. By this point, we had all spent almost a week together, so we had formed some really close bonds, and we could let our hair down, so it was quite a memorable afternoon.

If you win the title of Miss Universe Australia, you will receive the prestigious Minespec Parts Education and Business grant worth $20,000; what would you do with the grant and why?

I currently periodically work with school children providing Positive Food Experiences and would love to put more focus into this demographic as 1 in 4 children are overweight or obese in Australia. I want to use the MineSpec grant to create more opportunities for nutrition education within children and provide access to those who need it most in regional and remote areas.

With everyone bringing their own unique and individual flair to the competition, what is something that sets you apart from the other contestants?

“No-one is you, and that is your power”- one of my favourite quotes, and I love recognising that every single one of us is different, and that’s what makes the world so amazing and why it’s so important to be kind to one another.

I try every day to show up as the best version of myself, and it’s okay if it’s a good day or a bad day, as long as I’m giving my best in all aspects of life, whether it be physically or career-wise or socially. I don’t want to get to the end of my life filled with wishes and regrets; I want to be proud.

The last eighteen months certainly have been challenging for all of us; what would you say has been something you’ve gained or learned from the whole experience?

We’re all in this (life) together, but we are all on different timelines, making our way to our goals in different ways. The ‘successful’ ones are the ones taking challenges, chances and following opportunities to higher ground. You cant always see what’s up there before you arrive, and you might find yourself somewhere wonderful even if it’s not where you thought you would be. 

What is the first thing you hope to do as soon as restrictions are lifted?

Most definitely travel to see my family and friends who are all around the world!!

Final Five Questions

Favourite Place to Travel To?
Honestly, there is no place like home. I mean Croatia is high up on the cards, but so is snowboarding in the French Alps. But nothing beats the beauty of home.

The highlight of the last year?
Looking back and realising how far I’ve come 🙂

What is something people may find interesting about yourself?
I secretly want to be a professional rally car driver!

Tell us something you’re passionate about and why?
Creating opportunities that better one another. Seeing people smile 🙂

One piece of advice you have for us all?
Don’t forget to live! Your comfort zone is a trap for complacency. 

Thank you to

Minespec Parts are proud to be partnering with Miss Universe Australia, Working to empower and support women not just through the Miss Universe Australia pageant and their $20k education and business grant, but through many platforms with various activities across Australia all furthering and supporting women in the workplace.