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 Rose McEvoy of New South Wales, 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? Thank you very much! I feel humbled to be chosen as a national finalist; it is a pleasant surprise. I have always admired the competition since a young age so it’s very exciting to now be a part of it! There were so many talented and beautiful girls at our NSW state final, so I’m very proud of myself to have made it this far.
Tell us a little about yourself..? So I am originally from Melbourne and moved to Sydney at the start of this year. I’m studying a double degree in Law and Arts at the University of Sydney and major in French, Spanish and Mandarin. I’ve been modelling since I was 16 and at school was heavily involved in drama, music and sport – so have loved to put myself ‘out there’ so to speak from a young age. I’ve also been an avid equestrienne all my life and have represented Australia overseas in showing, and competed at a national level in dressage. Horse riding has always been a big part of my life teaching me a lot about dedication and discipline, which I think has helped shape who I am today. As for future aspirations I hope to one day be an international human rights lawyer, where I can put my languages to good use.
What would you say is your drive or motivation for entering such a contest? I’m all about being a well-rounded person and giving everything a red-hot go. For me this competition was something I hadn’t done before yet have always loved to watch, so I just thought why not? I think it is a fabulous display of multi-talented young women who are more than just physically gorgeous. It also provides a podium for being able to share your thoughts and opinions, and for me as an aspiring international lawyer that is really important. So definitely a case of nothing to lose, and everything to gain!
You have all just returned from a team trip to Karma Resort Kandara in beautiful Bali, What a fantastic experience? It was absolutely amazing! Such a beautiful part of the world and the villas we stayed in at Karma Kandara were so incredible. A few of the trip highlights for me include being wined and dined at some of the most beautiful restaurants in Bali, using the recording studio at the W Hotel, filming “lip sync” videos (hilarious!) and of course getting to know all the other girls from around Australia. Personally, the most special part of the trip was visiting the Bali Life Orphanage, probably because it was what I was most nervous about.
I knew before arriving that I was going to be confronted by seeing all these kids knowing they had no families, but it was a fantastic experience to witness how happy they were, and see what amazing care they receive.
We heard you got to take part in some amazing experiences as part of your trip? Absolutely. I think the next best thing after the orphanage visit was probably recording songs as teams at the W Hotel’s “WooBar.” Team NSW enthusiastically performed Taylor Swift’s “Shake it off” and I must say; I think we made some hilarious (but perhaps more so embarrassing for us) viewing material! We also visited the Canggu Club, which was super fun yet tiring as we all participated in spin and body pump classes. While at the Canggu Club we also all took part in the Powerful Impressions course which was both interesting and eye-opening, provoking some serious self-reflection!
What was it like meeting all the other finalists from across the country? We are sure some new friendships formed. I loved it. I’m very much a ‘people person’ so it was great to learn about all the other finalists. A few of my favourite stories from the other girls included tales of pig hunting (Elise from Team QLD), national volleyball champs (Letitia from Team VIC) and bonding over Bali Belly with Bec (from WA) – although that last one perhaps could’ve been under better circumstances!
Now you are back home gearing up for the national finals what are your preparations looking like in the lead up to finals? As most people worked out pretty early on, fitness is a big part of my life, so for me, preparation is just about maintaining my training with Alexa Towersey (cardio work) and Joe Pemberton of Aeonics (weight training) as well as my running programs. I have also just made sure I’m keeping myself as healthy as possible with my ‘clean eating’ and ensuring I am getting enough sleep! Then regarding preparation for the Q&A section I spend a lot of time with my lovely new bestie Georgie Mitchell (a fellow finalist) going through potential topics for questions and how best to answer them!
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? If I were to win, I’d hope I could be a role model for young girls that you can do whatever you set your mind to – whether that is an academic pursuit, a sporting pursuit or something like this Miss Universe Competition. I’d hope I could be an example of what a fit and healthy lifestyle looks like. In this day and age, it is very easy for young girls and boys to get caught up in false ideas leading to unreal expectations in regards to body image. As someone who has personally gone through this, particularly in regards to working as a model, it is something I feel very strongly about.
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?I think the biggest strength of team NSW is that we are all incredibly down to earth and don’t take ourselves too seriously. We have all become great mates and genuinely support each other inside and outside the competition – I think that shines through when you see our team dynamic.
If you had to describe one thing that makes you stand out from the other contestants what would it be? I think probably my involvement in all kinds of activities – from studying a law degree and speaking three languages other than English, to being a national representative in horse riding, modelling and of course my commitment to leading a fit and active life! I love to give everything a go with 100% effort and commitment. I would like to think I’m the ultimate all-rounder!
What is something you find yourself always saying? My Dad taught me from a young age that it is all about the journey and not the destination. I like to remind myself of this, especially during this competition, as it helps to better myself whether it be physically or mentally so that by the end of the contest I am proud of myself regardless of the outcome.
What is your must have item, that you take everywhere? It’s probably bad to admit – but my phone charger. Between talking to my Mum, my two sisters and my best friends my phone battery never can seem to make it through the day!!
What are a few things that not many people know about you? One thing people are always surprised about is my involvement with horse riding. I’ve won 6 national championships and even represented Australia over in New Zealand. In saying that, anyone who has known me for an extended period knows my horses have always been a huge part of my life. I also had the opportunity to be judged by Charlotte Dujardin who is the London Olympic Gold Medalist and current World Champion in Dressage – that was a very special moment for me. Another thing people may not know is my better half is also a two-time world champion and Olympic silver medalist. I’m very proud of my boyfriend, James Magnussen who is currently over in Rio representing Australia in the 4x100m freestyle relay!
And finally, what is your guilty pleasure? My guilty pleasure would be setting up in front a movie with James and our sausage dog Olli and working my way through a block of chocolate… or two!!