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 Teagan Downey.
Congratulations on making it through to the state finals, why don’t you tell us about yourself?
After graduating High School, I had probably moved house about 18 times by then as my parents are keen renovators which propelled my motivation to enter the property field. After years of experience in the property industry, alongside my colleague, we now run free workshops across Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne that are aimed at teaching the next generation of investors how they can purchase a property in today’s market. When I’m not working, I love to go on a road trip with my friends – we recently drove from Brisbane to Airlie Beach over the long weekend.
We all have motivations, Mine usually revolves around coffee ☕ but what was your key motivation for entering the Miss Universe Australia competition?
Not only would I love to leverage from the title to get in front of more people to increase the knowledge for the younger generation on financial literacy and home ownership, I love that the 2018 Miss Universe Australia program is dedicated to creating opportunities for ALL of the contestants, empowering them to succeed and create incredible experiences that we will all cherish for a long time.
What part of the Miss Universe Australia program are you most looking forward to?
Apart from the lifelong friendships, it would have to be the National Finalist trip to Bali. I have followed ALILA hotels on Instagram for so long now so it would be amazing to experience the ALILA luxury in the flesh! In the past, I have volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House Brisbane for their ‘Make a Meal’ program, and this is something that we also get to do as part of the MUA program – I find it an extremely humbling & fulfilling day to be able to give back and spend it with the families of sick children.
We are all unique so what would you say is something that makes you stand out from the other contestants?
I am lucky enough to be in a career where I meet different and unique personalities every day, so I would have to say my ability to create enduring relationships with all types of people from different backgrounds. Last year I read the book ‘The Secret’ by Rhonda Byrne, and it totally changed my mindset. I continually strive to see the positive in situations which I think is an important attribute that Miss Universe Australia displays.
With the state finals, just a few days away, has your routine changed at all?
Absolutely, I have definitely ramped up my health and fitness routine, and I’ve been attending regular sessions at F45 Bulimba as well as enlisting a personal trainer. Every few weeks MUA sends the contestants a video challenge where we have to film a vlog to discuss a current topic regarding each sponsor. This is something entirely new for me as I’ve never vlogged in my life, so my routine now consists of googling ‘how to edit movie/video making apps’ because I’m a total rookie! I’ve actually really enjoyed creating them, and I’m getting better at them as time goes on.
What is something that you hope to bring out of the Miss Universe Australia pageant?
Miss Universe Australia allows women to become a better version of themselves. When you compete in a pageant, you are basically asking strangers to believe in you and choose you as the best person for the job of being the new titleholder. For you to ask this of them, you need to first believe in yourself. That being said, confidence is key within pageantry which is why the Miss Universe Australia program offers many workshops within the competition that help us (the contestants) to gain confidence and work on how to develop it within ourselves with life skills such as public speaking, nutrition and many more. I know once the competition has finished I will have gained so many skills I can adopt in everyday life.
What is the funniest thing that has happened to you recently?
A child came up to me at the grocery store last week and called me Mummy – I don’t know who was more scared, the child or me!
How would your closest friend describe you?
My friends would say that I am very persistent in going after what I want. I have previously competed in the Miss Universe Australia program, although I gained a lot from that experience my goal is to win MUA 2018 ultimately, and I did not want to let my past attempt deter me from achieving this goal. Since participating previously, I have continued perusing this dream by continually developing my self-confidence levels, public speaking & presentation skills. I know that you have to work hard at some things, be persistent and be prepared to encounter setbacks before you reach your goal.
Name five things you can’t live without?
1. My rescue pugs – Gus & Ella 2. My wok – I swear I cook a stir fry every second night! 3. My sister – she has just moved overseas so we Facetime every day 4. My phone to Face time ^^^ 5. Snacks – I can’t leave the house without them
What is your favourite dish to cook?
I love homemade cooking and try new recipes almost every week. I have a bit of a sweet tooth, so my signature dish is my homemade pavlova, it’s always a hit at any party I take it to.
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