The search to find the next Miss Universe Australia is underway, with National finalists preparing to touch down in Melbourne later this month ahead of the national finals held at the Sofitel on Collins June 29.
We are chatting with Serena Lyle, from Queensland who will be competing for the 2017 title of Miss Universe Australia,
Following in the footsteps of Jennifer Hawkins, Rachael Finch, Tegan Martin & Jesinta Campbell.
First of all the introduction, Why don’t you tell us about yourself?
I am a huge animal lover and big into health and fitness. I run a house relocations business in Brisbane, it’s very rewarding, and I love to travel. In my spare time, you’ll find me at the beach or a coffee shop with friends.
Serena Congratulations on making it so far in the such a coveted competition, we have to ask how the overall experience has been so far?
Thankyou! It has been an incredible journey, and I’ve loved every moment. Learning so much about myself in the Confidence and First Impressions workshops, making new friends, and having a lot of fun along the way.
We have just heard you returned from the Intercontinental Resort in Bali as part of the program, How was the experience and what would you say was your highlight?
This trip was not like my trips to Bali. The Miss Universe Team awarded us with a luxury hotel, chauffeured around to the best sights and restaurants, be pampered, fitness training and Powerful Impression workshops. My highlight was meeting past Miss Universe Australia winners Caris Tiivel (2016) Monika Radulovic (2015) Tegan Martin (2014) and value their first-hand information.
It’s not long now until the finals, how are you feeling in the lead-up and what sort of preparation are you doing, before the finals get underway?
Only one week to go, it’s very exciting! I’m practising my walk, preparing my questionnaire answers and this is my first time to Melbourne, so I’m trying to prepare for the cold Melbourne winter (haha).
With so many women all bring their individual flare to the competition, what do you think will set you apart from the other contestants?
I’m very fortunate to have travelled around the world, so I feel it has given me a greater grasp on worldly views and how lucky we are in Australia. I am a business owner in a male-dominated industry of House Relocations and enjoy making my clients happy; it’s very rewarding. I have studied Business International Relations at University; I have a positive attitude, I am passionate about health and fitness and marine conservation from growing up on The Sunshine Coast beaches.
Speaking of unique flare or style what would you say is your best style or beauty secret?
A great pair of high waisted jeans, comfy khaki tee, nude high heels and an outfit is never complete without a smile.
What inspired you to enter in the Miss Universe Australia pageant?
Ever since I can remember I’ve loved watched the Miss Universe Competition on TV. Watching the graceful, strong, intelligent women walk across the stage and talk passionately about current world issues. This has always inspired me to take part, and this year I felt like I was ready to give it a try.
Speaking of inspiration who or what inspires you most?
My biggest inspiration is Naomi Simson from Shark Tank (TV program) because she is a creative, Interesting businesswoman, who not only has successfully grown her own business but has an eye for ideas and bringing them to the market. I would love to chat with her about my plans for the expansion of my business one day. She is a great role model for younger generation and inspiration.
What is something people might find interesting about yourself?
I have been bitten by a snake, travelled around the world, my favourite food is hot fries dipped in a chocolate sundae Yum! And I love to keep active with my Maltese pup Bella.
What does the average day look like for you?
Morning gym, black coffee in hand, boxes packed in the car for work and set out to my client’s houses for the day.
Where is your favourite place in the world to wind down and relax?
What is something you find yourself saying all the time?
Give anything a good go! Then you know if you like it or not
If you could give yourself one piece of advice five years ago what would it be?
Don’t stress about the small things.
And finally what are the five things you couldn’t live without?
My beautiful friends and family, my Maltese pup, the ocean and fruit & nut chocolate