Today we are catching up with Taylah Crome of New South Wales, one of the 27 talented and inspiring women from all walks of life who are hoping to be crowned Miss Universe Australia 2022.
So Taylah, why don’t you tell us a little about yourself?
My name is Taylah Crome, a 21-year-old Sydneysider living in Cronulla.
Since graduating high school, I have recently completed a Bachelor of Digital and Social Media Marketing and currently working for an Australian Fashion Label, Aje, dedicated to raw beauty and tough femininity.
Whilst studying, I joined WINK models, which landed me to where I am today as a Miss Universe finalist.
We all have motivations, mine usually around good coffee, but what was your key motivation for entering Miss Universe Australia?
This year, my reason for joining Miss Universe Australia was to allow myself to feel more confident in my own skin after a tough lockdown with my own body image. I want to be a role model in the lives of younger women staying true to myself throughout this journey and helping others to find themselves in the real world.
As part of the program, you recently spent time in our hometown of the Gold Coast with the Village Roadshow team; what was the experience like?
The experience was one like no other, and I definitely could not recommend higher for women to enter the Miss Universe Australia competition. I hope one day, I can be a source of inspiration doing so! SeaWorld was the home of it all; whether it was rides, swimming with sharks or enjoying delicious meals, they have it all! I will hold these core memories in my heart forever.
What would you say was the highlight of your trip?
Growing up, our family holidays each year consisted of many trips to Sea World and spending time here. At the age of 12, I wrote in my school yearbook that when I grew up, I wanted to be a Dolphin trainer!
Chatting with Dr Claire Madden behind the scenes (Head Vet) taught me about all the incredible research and conservation happening to rescue and rehabilitate these beautiful animals reminding me this is definitely still on my bucket list of things to do.
With everyone bringing their own unique and individual flair to the program, what is something that sets you apart from the other contestants?
I believe what sets me apart from all of the other beautiful contestants is my authenticity and striving to stay true to that. I aim to show each person what makes them their own authentic selves and how you can be your own beautiful person without anything fake or any filters.
I wish this was something that was taught from a young age, not bought up in a toxic world of bullying and negative comments made about appearances which now are my strongest features.
Social media will always be a platform to turn to but make sure you create boundaries to protect yourself, know when to switch off and how to bounce back from negativity with this so we can embrace our own selves confidently.
Your next question comes from our current Miss Universe Australia, Daria Varlamova; in your opinion, what are the most essential qualities that a Miss Universe Australia embodies?
To me, a ‘Miss Universe Australia’ is authentic, kind, loyal, confident, resilient, empathetic and most important, empowering to all.
Now travel is back on the cards; where is your favourite place to travel to?
Anywhere Tropical! Growing up on the coastline of Sydney has truly made me a beach girl! In saying that I am always optimistic, I would love to travel to Paris and meet new people and my own personal place in the world whilst exploring fresh views in Europe.
What is something people may find interesting about you?
Growing up in pre-school, I was actually a Tomboy. I love adventures and going away with friends. One of my fave hobbies is riding dirt bikes!
Tell us something you’re passionate about and why?
I aspire to continually be a role model to all individuals and aim to show them how they too can be their authentic characters and take the ease off the harsh world we live in today. Finding yourself in the world of manic truly is a rewarding feeling that I hope in all stages of life, every individual can feel this.
I am passionate about showing what makes us all individuals and how you can be your own beautiful person without anything fabricated.