Well, it’s that time of year when the search to find Miss Universe Australia is reaching that crowning moment. Australia’s National finalists have just returned from their international boot camp trip to Karma Resort Kandara. Set for the national final held later this month in Melbourne at the Sofitel Melbourne on Collins, Wednesday, August 31st, 2016.
Starting off our national finalist interviews, we have Olivia Donaldson of Western Australia, who will be competing for the title of Miss Universe Australia.
Congratulations on making it so far in the coveted Miss Universe Australia competition. How does it feel to have made it so far?
Thank you so much! It has been a whirlwind of a year so far, but I am so excited to have made it this far in the competition and also so honoured to be able to represent Western Australia!
Tell us a little about yourself..?
I’m a 22-year-old from Perth, Western Australia, studying psychology and journalism and I love travelling, baking and reading.
What would you say is your drive or motivation for entering such a contest?
I saw the Miss Universe competition as an opportunity to broaden my horizons, meet some amazing people, make life-long friends and to challenge myself.
Now you are back home gearing up for the national finals what are your preparations looking like in the lead up to finals?
Since being home, I’ve just been ramping up my fitness regime and making sure that I am fuelling my body sufficiently to ensure that I am feeling my best in the lead up to the competition. I am lucky enough to be an ambassador for Xtend Barre, which uses a mixture of ballet, yoga and Pilates to lengthen and strengthen the body, so I’ve been doing that about four times a week!
If you were to win the title, what do you hope to take from the experience and are there any social causes you hope to raise attention to in this period?
Something I am quite passionate about is leading the discussion on mental illness, particularly among young people. I think it’s something that affects everyone at least once in their lifetime, and I believe the key to raising awareness is through education and starting the conversation. By doing so, we will be able to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness and hopefully in turn not only help those suffering but help those who have friends or family members struggling as well.
Well now we pick up the pace a little with some rapid questions
As this year the rivalry between state is set to bring a new element well maybe that’s just us hyping it up, Why do you think your state has what it takes to win?A little friendly competition between states never hurt! Obviously, I am extremely biased, but I do believe that WA has what it takes to win.
Our girls have that something special about them, are laid back and super friendly. But when it comes to competition, especially Miss Universe, we step up the bar and push ourselves to be the best.
If you had to describe one thing that makes you stand out from the other contestants what would it be?
I would say that I’m quite confident with public speaking and feel very comfortable addressing people on stage, so perhaps that will set me apart from the other girls.
What is something you find yourself always saying?
My Dad has always told me, ‘it’s nice to be important, but more important to be nice’, and that is something that has stuck with me for years.
What are a few things that not many people know about you?
I love to dance (although I’m definitely no Beyoncé!), I am a helpless romantic, I love cooking and eating and am left handed!
And finally, what is your guilty pleasure?
Sometimes I eat granola for breakfast AND lunch… it’s just so good.