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Olivia Rogers talking about her year as Miss Universe Australia

The blonde beauty was a little reluctant to give up her shiny accessory, but she said she’s ready to start her new chapter.

“My life has been amazing as Miss Universe Australia. There hasn’t been a day this past year that I haven’t felt grateful to be doing what I’m doing,” she said.

“I am definitely a little sad about it coming to an end, but I am also super excited to see what the next chapter holds for me.”

With a year as Miss Universe under her belt, you’d think she’d need a break, but it’s full steam ahead for Miss Rogers.

“It’s hard to say exactly what you can expect from me at this point because I’m kind of taking things as they come at the moment! I’m not sure when I’ll go back to speech pathology work, but I do want to work on creating some books which is something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time. I plan to get back into my art and hopefully continue building my business there. I will also definitely continue to use my voice to talk about mental health and positive body image.”

Olivia openly admits to her previous struggles with body image, but now she’s on the other side of things Miss Universe Australia lives by four rules:

1) Stop comparing yourself to others as we are all unique and beautiful in our own way. Comparing yourself to completely different body types &
wishing you looked that way does nothing but make you feel inadequate!

2) I also suggest unfollowing social media accounts that make you feel insecure.

3) Surround yourself with positive role models, friends and family who support and encourage you – your support network is often one of the most crucial things in feeling good about yourself.

4) Be kind to yourself! Rather than picking at things you aren’t happy with, find a few things you DO love about yourself and focus on them when you look in the mirror.

Giving advice and influencing others has played a massive part of Olivia’s past year, which is something the 26-year-old is very proud of.

“I feel as though I have been able to use my voice to speak out about issues important to me, particularly mental health and positive body image. I have received so many incredible messages from young people saying how this has helped them, which definitely inspires me to keep using this platform as best I can.”

Olivia is a conscious influencer and maintains this throughout all aspects of her life, especially the internet.

“For me, it’s important to feel confident that if my little sister, little brother or my grandparents were to see or read anything I post online, that they would feel proud and comfortable with what I say. For me, this keeps it real and ensures I’m staying true to myself.“

But when she’s not concentrating on others, Olivia’s me time includes exercise, and time with loved ones, especially her mum.

“I try to prioritise exercise, even if its a 15-20 minute run, doing a little bit always makes me feel so much happier. I also prioritise time with my friends and family – and I can’t see them, I’m on the phone to them (mum calls me about 5 times a day.. haha it’s a lot but I love it). “

If Olivia herself doesn’t get you interested enough to click the follow button (BUT WHY THO) her adorable dog definitely is and he is a social influencer too.

“Mooshie is still killing it. I miss him like crazy, but I try to get back to Adelaide to see him whenever I can.”

Follow Liv at @oliviamollyrogers
and join Moosh at @malamutemoosh

P.S. Olivia loves ice cream and froyo with all the toppings, if Miss Universe can do it (in moderation) so can you 😉

Photographer Alice Healy

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