Well, Autumn is in full swing, and It’s also that time of year when the search to find Miss Universe Australia is well underway with state finalists being announced across the country.
So we thought it would be a perfect time to kick off some home state interviews with Cassandra Robinson. Congratulations on making it through to the state finals, why don’t you tell us about yourself?
Thank you! A quick rundown about me would consist of a life that was basketball orientated for ten years of my childhood/teenage life representing Queensland through state teams and being a member of the Queensland Academy of Sport (being very tall always helped!). I made the transition over to modelling around the age of 16 and loved it; I haven’t looked back. These days I’ve been modelling for eight years with Vivien’s Model Management, I’ve completed a Bachelor of Business with a Human Resource Management Major from QUT and now work as a Management and Leadership Consultant in the Brisbane CBD. I’m passionate about living my life to the fullest and not being afraid to be the quirky person I am because who wants to be boring anyway?!
We all have motivations, Mine usually revolves around coffee but what was your key motivation for entering the MUA competition?
My key motivation for entering the MUA competition was to be part of an amazing platform that allows young women to gain confidence in who they are, feel empowered and make a difference while gaining friendships and being part of a once in a lifetime experience. Being able to be in the running to represent the Miss Universe Australia brand and become a key role model for other young women and be given the responsibility that comes with that title is a huge honour. The possibilities and potential differences that can be made are endless and incredibly exciting!
What part of the Miss Universe Australia program are you most looking forward to?
I love to learn and work on becoming the best version of myself so attending all the Miss Universe workshops leading up to the state finals have been really informative! You can never learn too much! I’m thrilled to learn what’s up next on the program!
We are all unique so what would you say is something that makes you stand out from the other contestants?
As you said everyone is different and for me, what is unique about myself is how much I’ve achieved and how much I’ve done in my life so far. As I said earlier, I love living my life to the fullest! I’ve lived in Singapore for a modelling contract and worked for Chanel three times along with other designers and brands, I’ve lived in Sydney three times for modelling, I have ten years of being a sportsperson under my belt, I jumped around from degree to degree not knowing what I wanted to settle on studying and in the end, decided on doing a degree based around people – that is one of my passions after all! I’ve learnt so much; I’ve lived in different cities, I’ve ventured out on my own and grown as a person. All of the life lessons that have come from these experiences have allowed me to accept, appreciate and love myself as a person, my strengths and my flaws.
With the state finals, less than a fortnight away, has your routine changed at all?
I’ve always enjoyed keeping fit and active ever since playing sports years ago however once I became a QLD State finalist for Miss Universe Australia earlier this year I stepped it up a notch and cut back on the guilty pleasures such as chocolate and red wine while increasing my weekly training routine. I enjoy doing Pilates reformer classes, barre classes and HIIT training, so it has been pretty enjoyable doing more of these classes to tone up in preparation for the state finals. I’ve also made the switch to a high protein, low carb diet to ensure I sustain my muscle tone while giving my body the best chance of reducing fat.
What is something that you hope to bring out of the Miss Universe Australia pageant?
I want to be able to channel my learning experiences from Miss Universes Australia along with all my other life experiences and start my own deportment courses for young women in schools. These courses can help to assist in empowering the girls, give them the ability to find their own voice and to learn to love the person they are. If I can share my knowledge of what I’ve learnt over the years to help others grow their confidence and bloom into strong, smart, self-respecting young adults that would be incredibly fulfilling.
We will wrap up with a few irrelevant and random questions, now that my coffee has worn off.
Name five things you can’t live without?
1. Rosehip oil face serum is my lifesaver
2. Music! (allows me to have my outlet to dance and sing)
3. My calendar – I love scheduling anything and everything in my life into my iPhone calendar lol
4. Protein balls because they are basically guilt free (right?!)
5. Exfoliating gloves!!! I’m so pale and love to fake tan, but if I don’t have exfoliating gloves I’d probably lose my mind with the amount of patchiness!
How long does it take you to scroll through Facebook before giving up?
I’m not as much of a Facebook fan as I am an Instagram fan as I love the feed of non-stop visuals of everyone’s lives and memories.
How would your closest friend describe you?
Kind hearted, can be dorky:-P, genuine, down-to-earth and always smiling!
When You Dance, You look like?
A cross between a salsa dancer and a wacky waving inflatable arm flailing character at a car dealership!
Finally, and this one is important, so please pay attention… What do you think pets dream about?
They would probably dream about trying to translate my long deep and meaning conversations I had with them that day were about. Dogs are the best listeners after all!
So not long now until this highly anticipated event that will see 28 of QLD’s most beautiful women compete to secure a spot as a QLD National Finalist, and go on to compete in and represent QLD in the Miss Universe Australia National Final. Get Your Ticket Here