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 Jasmine Stringer, from QLD who will be competing for the 2018 title of Miss Universe Australia.
So why don’t you tell our readers a little about yourself?
My name is Jasmine Stringer; I am 21 years old and was born and raised on the Gold Coast, Queensland… I’m a 3rd year Bachelor of Education student, and I also work part-time as a Model and Social Media/PR Manager. My work as a model and brand ambassador has taken me all over the world. I’ve travelled to so many beautiful places, but there’s no place that I love more than my home – Australia. I’ve worked with many charities, but for the past few years, I’ve been raising awareness of the damaging effects of Domestic Violence in Australia. I am an avid equestrian and competed in dressage and hacking for many years.
So you’ve just returned from the Miss Universe Finalists trip to the Amazing Allia Hotels in Bali …. How was the experience?
This is an experience I will cherish for the rest of my life. A week like no other! We were treated to the most beautiful accommodation, fine dining, traditional cuisine and amazing activities. We spent the morning with children from the Sari Hati centre where I was able to hear the Director’s inspiring stories first hand. I feel like I’ve definitely walked away from the Bali experience with a tonne of great new friends. We bonded, we partied, We participated in the Powerful Impressions workshop, walking workshops with Thelma Rodriguez and overall I just had an amazing time. Troy, Sophia and their team, put together an amazing trip and gave every girl an opportunity to build on their confidence and each have their moment to shine. To top it off, I was named as the newest ambassador for Alila Hotels and will be visiting their resorts worldwide!!
We know there was an amazing program of things for you all, what was your highlight?
All of the activities were amazing in their own way. However, my highlight would have to be the farewell dinner. On our last night, we were able to sit down and reflect on the incredible experiences we’ve had so far and really start to get excited for Melbourne. I got up and sang our Bali Trip theme song ‘Despacito’ while everyone danced and sang along. A few of the girls shared some jokes with us all as well as a few other hilarious performances. It just really hit home that we’re all now part of the Miss Universe Australia family, and we have a pretty cool Team 2018!
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?
I get butterflies every time I think about Nationals. I’m feeling really excited and grateful to be in this position, and the prep is really starting to get serious. First of all, I’m trying to stay as healthy as I can. Eating great food, working out and sleeping well! Confidence is key, so I’m putting in the work with my fitness to ensure I walk onto that stage feeling my best. I read up on current affairs daily and try to practice my walk regularly so that I’m feeling 100% confident and runway ready. I’m right in the middle of Professional Placement, exams and a hectic work schedule, so I’m definitely keeping myself busy. I think the most important thing is that I’m feeling healthy and confident so I can just walk in and be myself. I tend to overpack (a lot) especially if I leave it to the last minute – so I guess I better get my Antler luggage out and start packing now!
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?
I’ve been working towards this for years, so I think my passion and bubbly personality will help me to stand out from the crowd. I love the stage so I’ll be having an amazing time up there and I think that will shine through! I’m very social and the type of person who can have a conversation with anyone – I’ve always got time to say hello. I’m also quite tall, so that helps 😉
Speaking of being unique we all have different motivations, what is something that motivates you daily or you would say is your passion?
I’m very passionate about education and also feel very strongly about Domestic Violence prevention in Australia. After losing a friend to domestic violence in 2015, I realised how serious this issue is in our country. My passion is to educate and positively influence Australian youth to help them grow into healthy, happy and successful members of our society. Winning Miss Universe Australia would give me the platform to further fulfil these passions. I hope to one day be able to give back to my parents, everyone who has helped me achieve my dreams and to those who are less fortunate than I. This is what motivates me every day.
What is something people might find interesting about yourself?
I have been an Equestrian since I was five years old. I competed almost every weekend for years during high school and still hope to one day get back into dressage when I’ve completed my studies. Horse riding is my happy place!
Where is your favourite place in the world to wind down and relax?
Right here on the Gold Coast. I’ve travelled all over the world to some fantastic places, but there’s no place I love more than home. A summer’s day by the pool is a great time to wind down, or curling up on the couch with my Shearer’s Uggs + Netflix during winter!
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?
This is actually my second time participating in Miss Universe Australia. When I first competed, I was only 19 years old, and I know the experience helped me to mature, become even more aware of the world around me and walk out a more confident person. It’s not just beauty pageant. We develop lifelong skills in areas such as interviews, etiquette, networking + business relations etc. that I believe have already helped me become the best version of myself. At the end of the day, there’s only one woman crowned as Miss Universe Australia. However, thanks to Troy & Sophia and all the programs they put on for us such as the Powerful Impressions workshop + Sari Hati visit, all of the finalists walk away having had some amazing opportunities, new friends and life experiences that we couldn’t get anywhere else.
What is the funniest thing that has happened to you recently?
I was in Bali last November, and we visited the Monkey Forest. Everyone had the monkeys jump up onto their arms for a picture. When it was my turn, a huge male monkey decided that rather than sitting on my arm, it was going to plonk itself directly onto my head; So my face was covered by the monkeys ‘lower body’. Everyone thought it was pretty hilarious.
Name five things you can’t live without?
1. Family & Friends 2. My pets 3. My phone (As much as I don’t like to admit it) 4. Music 5. Chocolate!
How would your closest friend describe you?
I thought it would be best to get some honest answers, so I quickly messaged a few of my closest friends. Here are some of their responses: Hardworking, driven, compassionate, intelligent, fun and outgoing. Someone who can instantly connect with anyone and eats way more than you would expect. Chocolate addict 😉
What would you say to people who have a negative perception of the Miss Universe Australia Competition
Take a closer look – It’s not a pageant, it’s a party! It’s an opportunity to represent our country on the international stage and have some amazing experiences along the way. Troy and Sophia have created a program that’s incredibly supportive, inclusive and a whole lot of fun! This year, at the very least, I will walk away with 31 new friends from across the country.