The search to find the next Miss Universe Australia is underway, with National finalists preparing to touch down in Melbourne later this month ahead of the national finals held at the Sofitel on Collins June 28.
We are chatting with Tasha Ross, from New South Wales who will be competing for the 2018 title of Miss Universe Australia.
So why don’t you tell our readers a little about yourself?
Hi, I’m Tash, I have been working on my own business plan for the last 6 months through my business degree. I went through years of anxiety, depression and self-confidence issues, so my business aims to inspire women to be confident.
So you’ve just returned from the Miss Universe Finalists trip to the Amazing Allia Hotels in Bali… How was the experience?
As I have struggled with self-confidence issues in my past, I was worried that the competition in Bali may have got the better of me. However, it was the most fun I have had in years. It didn’t feel like a competition, it felt like a group of amazing friends hanging out. I feel like I have separation anxiety now because we had so much fun!
We know there was an amazing program of things for you all, what was your highlight?
I used to be an after-school care sports teacher so being able to have the chance to play soccer with the children from Sari Hati was a moment I think I will cherish forever.
So now you’re home and having undergone the best prep we can think of you know the sun, surf and Bali …. it is not long until the national finals in Melb… how are you feeling in the lead-up and what sort of preparation are you doing, before finals week commences?
I’m very excited! Although I’m a very organised person and even won an award for most organised in Bali haha! I don’t think Miss Universe Australia should have to prepare much. I think the crown deserves to go to someone that’s driven, passionate and has remained true to herself. Although I will be ramping up my exercise, I’m happy that I have stayed who I am.
With so many of you all bringing an individual flair to the competition, what do you think will set you apart from the other contestants?
I was born with a foot deformity, and I was told I would never be able to wear high heels, yet I’m in Miss Universe Australia where heels are a requirement. I think this sets me apart from the other contestants because I have been able to overcome adversity. Fall down 7 times stand up 8.
Speaking of being unique we all have different motivations, what is something that motivates you daily or you would say is your passion?
I have Endometriosis which is a disease that not only affects myself but 1 in 10 women. It takes on average 7 years to diagnose because it is so unrecognised. I’m passionate about creating awareness of this disease as I have become a spokesperson for Endometriosis Australia. I have the chance to educate others on Endometriosis and self-acceptance.
What is something people might find interesting about yourself?
I was born with talipes which is a deformity of the foot and ankle. After several surgeries and doctor’s warning me that I would never be able to wear high heels, I decided that no wasn’t an option. My dream was to be a model, which meant having to wear heels. I would practise constantly. Now, I own over 30 pairs of heels and am about to strut down the Miss Universe Australia stage.
Where is your favourite place in the world to wind down and relax?
I’m an adventurer, so my version of winding down is to explore. I moved over to Paris when I was 16 and had the incredible opportunity to meet girls that were different nationalities. I would go back to Paris in a heartbeat as the culture was unforgettable.
The Miss Universe program has a long and proud history and focuses on helping women become the best versions of themselves, how do you think your experience so far will help move you forward in life?
I was very close to not entering Miss Universe Australia this year as I was so scared to get on stage in a bikini. I wanted to gain more confidence in myself, and I can honestly say, the Miss Universe Australia program has enabled me to grow and believe in myself. Self-acceptance is something everyone need’s in their life to be completely happy, and this program has helped me to move forward in my life.
What is the funniest thing that has happened to you recently?
At our farewell dinner in Bali, we were encouraged to show our talents. There were some incredible singers and comedians, but me being me I like to have a good laugh. I’m no singer, but I rapped Superbass by Nicki Minaj with two of the event organisers. Silly me forgetting that the tapes were rolling and this could potentially be broadcast on national Television.
Name five things you can’t live without?
My family, friends, pets, sticky date pudding and definitely my Bondi Sands fake tan. I’m from English, Irish, and Scottish descent so without my fake tan I would be a ghost!
How would your closest friend describe you?
My friends say that I’m very charismatic and I wear my heart on my sleeve. I had a close friend pass away due to cancer when I was 15. I’ve learnt to cherish every moment I spend with someone as you never know when someones time is up.
What are your hobbies?
Aside from keeping fit and healthy, I really enjoy collecting quotes. I have gone through severe anxiety and depression in my high school years, and I read a book called treasure yourself by Miranda Kerr. One quote was “We all have bad days but one thing is true, no cloud is so dark that the sun cant shines through.” and that is the quote that helped me through my tough years.
Tasha is also helping raise money for Toybox International as part of her Miss Universe Journey, Please consider donating by clicking here