Miss Universe Australia 2016 Finalist – Rebecca Mountford

Well, it’s that time of year when the search to find Miss Universe Australia is reaching that crowning moment. Australia’s National finalists have just returned from their international boot camp trip to Karma Resort Kandara. Set for the national final held later this month in Melbourne at the Sofitel Melbourne on Collins, Wednesday, August 31st, 2016.

Starting off our national finalist interviews, we have Rebecca Mountford of Western Australia, who will be competing for the title of Miss Universe Australia.

Congratulations on making it so far in the coveted Miss Universe Australia competition. How does it feel to have made it so far?
I feel so lucky; I was up against so many amazing girls, and they chose to give me this amazing opportunity which I couldn’t be more grateful for.

Tell us a little about yourself..?
Well, I’m Bec, I have recently turned 20, I am currently studying occupational therapy while I waitress, and not to be cliché I m a huge animal lover just ask my greyhound flower.

What would you say is your drive or motivation for entering such a contest?
I think I was mostly curious; I knew a few friends who had entered before, and they told me it was heaps of fun and that I should enter. I didn’t really think is was for me, but the curiosity won over!

You have all just returned from a team trip to Karma Resort Kandara in beautiful Bali, What a fantastic experience?
I couldn’t agree more, I have been to Bali many times before, but I had never experienced so many amazing ocean views!

We heard you got to take part in some amazing experiences as part of your trip?
Yes, we sure did, my favourite had to be going to the children’s orphanage. I met a lovely young lady named Annie who talked to me and a couple of other girls about what her life was like which was lovely of her to do.

What was it like meeting all the other finalists from across the country? We are sure some new friendships formed.
At first, it was very nerve racking, I mean standing in a room full of beautiful girls is always nerve racking, but after we had got talking, I reminded myself that we are all in the same boat. I think it was positive to get to know everyone and take away those nerves.

Now you are back home gearing up for the national finals what are your preparations looking like in the lead up to finals?
Well, staying away from the copious amounts of chocolate I usually eat! Other then that I have mostly been working on my confidence, its not just about how you look its about how you feel so I think it’s really important to be head strong and confident on stage.

If you were to win the title, what do you hope to take from the experience and are there any social causes you hope to raise attention to in this period?
In my field of chosen study, I have to know how to communicate, so something I would take from the competition can speak in public confidently, and how my body language and tone can send different messages. If I were to win I would then want to raise awareness about depression, I think people underestimate how many people experience depression, and we should all learn more about it.

Well now we pick up the pace a little with some rapid questions
As this year the rivalry between state is set to bring a new element well maybe that’s just us hyping it up, Why do you think your state has what it takes to win?Because we have got to be the easiest going Aussie girls you could think of! I think as a collective we are very friendly and relaxed which attracts people to want to be around us.

If you had to describe one thing that makes you stand out from the other contestants what would it be?
The uncontrollable silly faces I pull (hopefully not on stage, though!).

What is something you find yourself always saying?
‘i’m hungry.’

What is your must have item, that you take everywhere?
Lip balm, I do not have time for chapped lips in my life!

What are a few things that not many people know about you?
I study classical ballet for 12 years

And finally, what is your guilty pleasure?
Dark chocolate

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