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 28.
We are chatting with Francesca Hung, from NSW who will be competing for the 2018 title of Miss Universe Australia.
So why don’t you tell our readers a little about yourself?
Well for starters my name is Francesca, I’m 24 years young and live near the northern beaches of Sydney (the best part). No, I am not Italian, but my mother fell in love with the country so decided I should have an Italian name. I am actually Eurasian, as my Father is Chinese and my Mother is Irish/Australian. I have completed my undergrad in Arts and Sociology and am now tackling a Masters in Publishing at The University of Sydney. I am completing this degree part-time as I work as a full-time model. In my spare time, I like to practice my Ballet, Piano and perfecting the art of The Italian language… that last one is taking some time.
So you’ve just returned from the Miss Universe Finalists trip to the Amazing Allia Hotels in Bali… How was the experience?
I don’t think it’s even possible to try and explain how beautiful the Alila hotels in Seminyak, Ubud and Uluwatu were. I think the only way one can do it justice is to see it for one’s self!
We know there was a fantastic program of things for you all, what was your highlight?
The guys and girls who run Miss Universe Australia are incredible organisers and made sure every day was filled with both fun and challenging activities while we were away. However, the most memorable moment of the program for me was able just to let loose and have some good old-fashioned fun in the sun with the kids and teachers from the Sari Hati Group.
So now you’re home and having undergone the best prep we can think of you know the sun, surf and Bali …. it’s not long till the national finals in Melb… how are you feeling in the lead-up and what sort of preparation are you doing, before finals week commences?
Gosh… I can’t believe Melbourne is only a few weeks away! But I’m trying to get back into a regular routine, making sure I’m exercising each day and maintaining a healthy and balanced diet.
With so many of you all bringing an individual flair to the competition, what do you think will set you apart from the other contestants?
Well, it was evident over the course of the week in Bali that I wasn’t the sporty one, nor the secret singer or even the smartest one… but hopefully, I can bring a few smiles and laughs into the room.
Speaking of being unique we all have different motivations, what is something that motivates you daily or you would say is your passion?
What motivates me is making sure I am putting my best foot forward every day and in everything I do. I want to encourage people to try their hardest at whatever they undertake in life and not to give up, even when you’re pushed back down.
What is something people might find interesting about yourself?
I am absolutely madly obsessed with all animals and creatures big and small… however my Achilles heel is that I am allergic to almost every animal hair on the planet.
Where is your favourite place in the world to wind down and relax?
Is it bad if I say on my couch in front of the telle??
The Miss Universe program has a long and proud history and focuses on helping women become the best versions of themselves, how do you think your experience so far will help move you forward in life?
I have struggled in the past with my confidence and ability for public speaking, already the Miss Universe program has pushed me so far out of my comfort zone it’s not funny, but in doing so, it has helped me with these issues. My experiences have always taught me that you should always try new things and always take failure as a lesson to be learnt.
What is the funniest thing that has happened to you recently?
I’m not sure if it was funny for me or more amusing for the girls watching, but in Bali, I was charged at and attacked by a monkey! He took me for all I had (1 banana) and then ran.
Name five things you can’t live without?
My Diary, Coffee, My water bottle – otherwise I forget to drink water Eyebrow gel – those things have a mind of their own And Netflix.
How would your closest friend describe you?
Where would the next country you would like to visit be and why?
I would love to travel to China, as I am so excited to one day be able to see where my fathers family originated from, and be able to connect with a culture which is so foreign to our own here in Australia.