Tiphany Katselas - Miss Universe Australia 2021 Finalist Interview
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Tiphany Katselas – Miss Universe Australia 2021 Finalist Interview


Today we are catching up with Tiphany Katselas of Western Australia, one of the 29 talented and inspiring women from all walks of life who are hoping to be crowned Miss Universe Australia 2021. 

So Tiph , why don’t you tell us a little about yourself?

My name is Tiph Katselas; I’m 21 years old and currently studying a bachelor of commerce at the University of Western Australia. I am a loud, outgoing and spontaneous person who you will often find laughing at her own jokes. I come from a Greek background and went to Greek School when I was younger for about seven years, so I can read and write a little, although the main thing I took away from it was the Greek dancing :’). Pre-covid, I would escape Perth winter’s to somewhere warmer, and I hope that one day soon I will be able to go back to travelling!

We all have motivations, mine usually revolving around good coffee, but what was your key motivation for entering the Miss Universe Australia competition?

At first, I was slightly hesitant about joining the program as I didn’t know much about what MUA entailed and had no idea what to expect! However, after some thought, I realised that life is too short to worry and saw it as an excellent opportunity for self-development and growth! I have honestly not looked back once and am so glad I took that leap into such an amazing experience!

As part of the program, you recently spent some time up in our hometown of the Gold Coast with the Village Roadshow team; what was the experience like?

The finalists trip to the Gold Coast was nothing short of amazing! It was the first time we were able to physically meet up and spend time with the other finalists from other states. We were so blessed to have gotten this trip in before lockdowns were in place, so I feel very lucky. I also made some lifelong friends from this trip! The Village Roadshow team absolutely spoiled us and were incredible to work with! 

What would you say was the highlight of your trip?

I would say the biggest highlight of the trip was our walkway practice in Movie World. Being new to pageants and modelling, I have not had much exposure to runways before, and can I say that night I felt like a movie star, the atmosphere and energy was next level; definitely a memory I will cherish forever. 

If you win the title of Miss Universe Australia, you will receive the prestigious Minespec Parts Education and Business grant worth $20,000; what would you do with the grant and why?

If I were so fortunate enough to win the business start-up grant, I would open my own gluten and dairy-free bakery! I have recently discovered I am severely intolerant to both gluten and dairy, resulting in eczema, which has a massive impact on my self-confidence. Finding options on the market at the moment for GF and DF products is quite difficult, as often they are overpriced or of low quality. After eating normal bread for 20 years, I find it hard to get good substitutes, and as a foodie, it is upsetting! I would love to open my bakery that provides allergen-free goods that taste great and are affordable! 

With everyone bringing their own unique and individual flair to the competition, what is something that sets you apart from the other contestants?

Something that makes me stand out would be my personality! I have always made sure to remain who I am, even in unknown situations. Throughout the competition, I have found that by just being myself, I have been able to make many friends and connections with a wide range of people! I’m never afraid to crack and joke or two, even if it means having a laugh at myself. Creating lively energy with the people around me is something I strive to do, as it not only means I get to have a good time, but those around me do too! 

The last eighteen months certainly have been challenging for all of us; what would you say has been something you’ve gained or learned from the whole experience?

Over the past eighteen months, everyone worldwide has faced many challenges, some more than others. I feel very blessed to be living in Western Australia as we have been lucky compared to the other states. I think the biggest thing I’ve gained from this period of time is the importance of family and friends. During these trying times, we need to make sure we can be there for each other for support and love. Physical distancing and lockdowns can be very detrimental to the mental health of individuals, so finding time to FaceTime or message your loved ones makes a massive impact! 

What is the first thing you hope to do as soon as restrictions are lifted?

As soon as we are allowed to, I am jumping on a plane straight to Europe! There is nothing quite like the lifestyle in Europe, especially Greece (although I might be biased ;)) 

Final Five Questions

Favourite Place to Travel To?
Greece or Japan 

The highlight of the last year?
Definitely the MUA trip to the Gold Coast

What is something people may find interesting about yourself?
 I am a total nerd when it comes to shows and films – I’m a sucker for anything DC (Wonder Woman is my all-time idol)

Tell us something you’re passionate about and why?
I am super passionate about fitness; I enjoy many different ways to keep fit and especially love boxing. I think physical activity is not only good for your physical health but also your mental health. 

One piece of advice you have for us all?
Life is too short to worry; see every opportunity as an open door and aim to open as many doors as possible. 

Thank you to

Minespec Parts are proud to be partnering with 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.