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 Lucy Mcarthur, from VIC who will be competing for the 2018 title of Miss Universe Australia.
So why don’t you tell our readers a little about yourself?
Hi! My name Lucy, I am 24 years old and live in the beautiful Yarra Valley in Victoria. I am currently working full time as a Human Resource Executive, but my real passion is for adventure. As I am lucky enough to live in such a picturesque part of Victoria, you can find me most weekends hiking or going for a run through the hills.
So you’ve just returned from the Miss Universe Finalists trip to the Amazing Allia Hotels in Bali… How was the experience?
This was actually my first time out of Australia, so I wasn’t sure what to expect! But it was an incredible seven days. The staff at all three Alila Hotels and the whole Pink Tank Events Team utterly spoiled each and every one of us. Definitely, a trip I will never forget!
We know there was an amazing program of things for you all, what was your highlight?
It’s hard to pick one stand out! However, we were lucky enough to be visited by Sari Hati; a school for children and young adults with mental and physical disabilities. It was a really moving day with many emotions! Safe to say that this was the highlight of the trip for most girls. Being my first time out of the country I also really enjoyed experiencing the Indonesian culture through their cuisine and the welcome dance on our first night.
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?
Nerves are definitely there! But excitement more so. The whole experience has been an adrenaline rush, and I’m really looking forward to seeing all the girls again for the national final. Preparation for me includes clean eating and doing a variety of gym classes. I think it’s important not to change my routine up too much leading to finals or make any extreme changes. Keeping up to date with current events is always a big one. Never know which topic is going to come up in Q&A!
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 think what will set me apart in the competition is my laid back Aussie attitude. I take life as it comes and I’m here to enjoy myself which I think will show on stage.
Speaking of being unique we all have different motivations, what is something that motivates you daily or you would say is your passion?
I am both inspired and motivated by people who are willing to give anything a go and live life to the fullest.
What is something people might find interesting about yourself?
I love history! I did three history classes in high school, go to the museum as often as I can and enjoy a good war movie.
Where is your favourite place in the world to wind down and relax?
My favourite place to wind down and relax would definitely be in front of the fireplace at home, with a cup of tea of course.
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?
It’s safe to say I have learnt a lot from this experience so far. On our Bali trip, we participated in a Powerful Impressions Workshop and were pushed out of our comfort zone. It taught us about our online presence and the power of perception. The confidence and knowledge gained through this program are not only beneficial for the competition but in future careers.
What is the funniest thing that has happened to you recently?
Recently I was sprung eating a block of cheese in the car at the traffic lights… Don’t ask
Name five things you can’t live without?
1. Friends/fam/pets 2. Having a goal 3. Coffee 4. A good laugh 5. Memes
How would your closest friend describe you?
Recently a friend told me that I motivated her to say yes to things more often, which was really lovely to hear! Other than that I would like to think that my nearest and dearest would describe me as outgoing and dedicated.
What is something that you have recently done which you are proud of?
I recently arranged a drive to collect donations for the RSPCA. I had so many generous people come on board, and it was the best feeling knowing that I could help make a difference.