Well here in Queensland we’ve just wrapped up another sensational Summertime the weather is sparkling, and the search for the next Miss Universe Australia is heading our way with finalists being announced across the country now.
We thought we would kick off our home state interviews with Sasha Missen
Congratulations on making it through to the state finals, why don’t you tell us about yourself?
My name is Sasha Missen I am 23yrs old I can speak three fluent languages; English, French, pidgin English and am also currently learning Spanish I’ve lived on the Gold Coast majority of my life, my earlier years were spent going back and forth between here and Vanuatu. Best of both worlds! As a person, I am very “go with the flow” I believe that everything happens for a reason and you have to trust it. I believe that mistakes are an opportunity to learn My mum describes me as being too nice”, even from a young age I always felt empathy for anyone struggling. My own problems always come second to others; I love to help both people & animals. I trust easily & have a hard time saying ‘no’ as I like to see the good in people, which sometimes can turn its back on me as some people may take advantage of my kindness, but hey it’s who I am, and I wouldn’t change that for the world
We all have motivations, Mine usually revolves around coffee ? but what was your key motivation for entering the Miss Universe Australia competition?
My crucial motivator toward finding the courage to enter miss universe was my grandfather. He is the one person that always believed in my craziest dreams. He always told me I could be anything I wanted to be and somehow he knew that I was made to go into this industry. Even though he has now passed, I still feel his presence and strength, so entering this competition just seemed right.
What part of the Miss Universe Australia program are you most looking forward to?
I am most looking forward to the rehearsals with all the girls! There’s something so powerful about a strong group of girls coming together. Also looking forward to the boxing workouts as it’s something I regularly do in my everyday life!
We are all unique so what would you say is something that makes you stand out from the other contestants?
I think what makes me unique from the others is that I don’t try to be something I’m not. I don’t conform to what people want me to be. I am just me; I have a presence when I walk into a room which I learnt from my mum, I am confident with the way I look and feel and I’m kind. I think my kindness is something most people take most note of after meeting me.
With the state finals, just a few days away, has your routine changed at all?
My routine has changed a little bit. Nothing crazy, I’ve just been a bit more careful not to eat too many chocolates in a day, But in all honesty, I enjoy living a balanced lifestyle, I eat well but do enjoy some ‘naughty food’ And I train about 3-4 times a week, mostly boxing with my trainer
What is something that you hope to bring out of the Miss Universe Australia pageant?
I hope to grow and learn about more about myself, my abilities, to push myself out of my comfort zone and meet some incredible people along the way!
What is the funniest thing that has happened to you recently?
Hmmm, the funniest thing that has happened to me recently… that’s a hard one because I am such a goof ?? I mean between my work friends and what I do in my spare time I’m always laughing. Personal jokes and also I recently attempted to film a makeup video for my new YouTube channel, And I had no idea what I was doing but still went along with it. The funniest part for me is that I know that I’ve got no clue but I openly say it too ? I just roll with it and whatever happens happens. There were a few moments of clumsiness, so you’ll just have to wait and see the video on my channel before I say any more
How would your closest friend describe you?
– Too nice – empathetic – animal lover – foodie – wine enthusiast – easy going – mermaid
Name five things you can’t live without?
– the beach – my skincare routine – my dogs – dessert – hot weather
What do you want to be when you grow up?
I believe each and everyone has their own path. Something that I find young teens can relate to is the pressure to figure out what you want to do in life. I’m 23 and still don’t know, I know I’m on the right path but don’t know exactly what it is I want to do. I want to explore my options and learn from my mistakes. I’m one of those people that tried University (3 times to be exact), and it just wasn’t for me. I believe that a university degree in all fairness doesn’t determine your future or makes you better than someone who doesn’t have one. I believe in character and hard work. Although kudos to those who are studying and getting a uni degree, that’s their path and choice which doesn’t mean I have to follow that.
Jellant Merlant-Pilonchery @clash.studio