Today we are talking with Taylor Davey from NSW one of the twenty-eight. Talented and inspiring women from all walks of life who are vying for the title of Miss Universe Australia 2020.
In what has certainly been an unpredictable and unprecedented year of ups and downs we’re thrilled to bring you our ninth year of Miss Universe Australia finalist interviews.
So Taylor, why don’t you tell us about yourself?
My name is Taylor Davey. I’m from Cronulla, and as you could imagine, I love the beach. I work as a fashion designer and model. When I find the time I enjoy relaxing at the beach and unwinding, I find it important in my life to take a step back and be able to regroup myself.
Some other hobbies I have mostly revolve around sport. I play Oztag for Australia and have represented the country on international soil and also play socially with my friends and family. I have two sisters, so my home life is obviously quite hectic, but I wouldn’t want it any other way.
The Miss Universe Australia program has been on hold since earlier in the year and now making its way towards a virtual final to be held on October 28, What motivated you to enter the Miss Universe Australia Program?
There are so many things that I love about Miss Universe Australia, It gives amazing girls from all over the country a platform to say what they want to say and allows them to strive to create positive change. It does this through the collaboration of strong, like-minded women and empowers us to seek more and follow our passions. I think the resilience of the girls, especially this year is mirrored by the experience and tireless work of the organisers and the team supporting us.
I couldn’t even begin to imagine the stress that Troy and the team have been under throughout this crazy year and I think it just goes to show how much they care about allowing us to have our say, so can’t even begin I thank them for that.
This year has been like no other, how have you been coping so far and what’s been the biggest challenge and positive that has come out of it all?
It has definitely been a year we won’t forget anytime soon. Honestly, I have had ups and downs, it’s been a crazy rollercoaster of emotions over the past six months, but I try to keep my head held high and challenge myself to overcome it.
We’ve faced bushfires, floods and a global pandemic (yes, that’s all been this year, can you believe it!). In terms of what the most significant challenge has been, I think it has definitely been seeing my country at its worst and seeing so many people dealing with so many difficulties, turning on the news and seeing a number that represents a loss of life increase every day has been heartbreaking.
I can’t even begin to think about all of the lives that have been lost, and the immense grief felt across the country. However, I also believe that our country’s resilience in the face of these immense challenges have been the biggest defining and positive factor that has been shown throughout the year.
Australia’s ability to fight through constant hardship and challenges and keep on pushing forward has been increasingly amazing. I think for the challenges that we all have faced and the resilience and character our nation has shown I believe we should all be proud of ourselves.
With everyone bringing such an individual flair to the competition, what do you think is something that will set you apart from the other contestants?
First off I’d like to just start with the fact that every single one of the girls in the competition is just as amazing as the last. Seeing their amazing achievements throughout the competition has inspired me to work even harder.
However, I believe that it is my passion and drive that will set me apart from the other contestants. I have focused my journey throughout this competition on the mantra of kindness. In my life, throughout the countless setbacks and challenges I have faced, I can look back and pride myself on my ability to stay kind (kill them with kindness I like to say). I think if everyone were a little more thoughtful every day, there would be drastic changes worldwide. I want to use the platform to spread this message and inspire people to fight for kindness and encourage them to seek out what they want in life, whoever they may be or whatever setbacks they may be facing. I want them to feel valued, and I want them to have me in their corner.
The winner of Miss Universe Australia 2020 will also receive the prestigious Minespec Parts grant worth $20,000 to spend on your education or business startup, what would you do if you received this grant? And would you say your answer has changed now during the current COVID climate?
This is a really great question. It is such an honour for whoever the winner is to receive this amazing opportunity. Throughout this experience, I have seen the amazing work that all of the girls have done for their passions, so I have the peace of mind that whoever this goes to, people will be helped which is absolutely amazing.
My answer hasn’t changed through this current COVID climate; alternatively, I would say that actually due to the climate, I have been more motivated to create change through my startup. Ever since I was young, I’ve had a passion for mental health. My startup would aim to build a business that creates clothing for both men and women designed around the foundation, to make people feel confident. I want to end social stigmas in the fashion world and provide a platform for everybody to use to feel like their best selves and look good doing it. I want to use my business to add to the already amazing discussions this new generation is creating around mental health and ending the stigma and provide a place for people to come and seek out the necessary help.
First thing you will do when this pandemic ends?
To travel the world! I want to meet and help new people from around the globe!
Place you will hope to travel to next?
Anywhere in Europe, I want to experience different places and learn about different cultures. I think knowledge is power in my generation, and the more I can experience and learn about these cultures, the more I hope to understand.
Have you taken up a new hobby, skill or learnt a new dish during lockdown?
I am someone who can not sit still for very long, so this year I decided to learn how to speak basic Spanish, and I also joined acting classes!
Minespec Parts are proud to be the presenting sponsor for 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.