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 Stephanie Langlois.
Congratulations on making it through to the state finals, why don’t you tell us about yourself?
I am currently studying a bachelor business and arts, and soon to be graduating (yay!). I work at a hotel as a concierge during the day and am a professional artist by night; I have a particular speciality of painting custom shoe designs. I love all things spiritual and unusual so, yoga, meditation, paranormal and any kind of mystery. My interests are incredibly varied. Basically, I’m an artistic, bubbly business student who can’t keep still to save her life.
We all have motivations, Mine usually revolves around coffee ? but what was your key motivation for entering the Miss Universe Australia competition?
I am a very shy person by nature and have always been extremely anxious about putting myself out there. But this year I made a promise to myself that this would be my year of self-improvement so I thought I would drive straight in and face my fears. It’s one of those things you look back on when your old and feel proud to have been a part of.
What part of the Miss Universe Australia program are you most looking forward to?
Honestly, I am pretty terrified of some aspects, but I am super excited to (hopefully) attend some of the amazing confidence and empowerment workshops. I am also excited about more group activities coming up; all the girls are so lovely.
We are all unique so what would you say is something that makes you stand out from the other contestants?
Hmm.. good question. I would have to say my curiosity. I am constantly evolving and exploring new things, opening up to new hobbies or skills which I can use practically in my day to day life. I am always somewhere new, learning something new so I am able to adapt and grow as a person all the time.
With the state finals, just a few days away, has your routine changed at all?
No, not particularly. I am actually going overseas during state finals so my entry will be entirely online, my routine will probably go completely out the window, but I will try my best not to eat too much junk food while I’m away.
What is something that you hope to bring out of the Miss Universe Australia pageant?
I hope to bring some diversity. I am a tattooed tomboy who valets parks cars for a living, so I am not exactly the standard contestant per say. I am hoping to inspire anyone who, like myself suffers from anxiety and body confidences issues to embrace what makes them unique, because there isn’t a one size fits all for beauty standards.
What is the funniest thing that has happened to you recently?
I recently decided I wanted to learn how to roller skate, so I bought some skates and started practising around the house. Once I got brave enough, I decided to venture outside and skate around the block. I had already fallen over quite a few times before this so I decided to invest in a helmet, knee pads, elbow pads and wrist pads, so I already looked a little strange going outside. I was going just fine skating along when I came across a bump in the road; I could see the bump coming and realised it was heading home down a hill. That’s when I started to panic because it was just in that moment that I realised I didn’t know how to stop. So I tried to avoid the whole situation by skating down a grass bank that I thought would slow me down. It turns out it just makes you roll faster, I lost my balance and ended up sliding down the hill on my bum for a good 100m only to realise afterwards that about 15 builders watched the whole thing happen and were laughing their socks off. I stood up, dusted myself off and took a bow for my audience.
How would your closest friend describe you?
They would probably say I’m a little crazy but in the best way. They are polite enough to laugh at my jokes so I’d say they think I’ve got a good sense of humour too.
Name five things you can’t live without?
Chocolate, Chicken nuggets, Netflix, my dog ? and my friends/family.
Would you rather fight one horse-sized duck or 100 duck-sized horses?
100 duck sized horses. I was chased by roughly 30-40 ducks who wanted my loaf of bread when I was a child, and I have never liked them since.
Stephanie is also raising money for ToyBox International please consider making a donation at EveryDayHero