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 Rosy Reilly, from NSW who will be competing for the 2018 title of Miss Universe Australia.
So why don’t you tell our readers a little about yourself?
Hello, my name is Rosy, and I am lucky enough to be one of the national finalists for the Miss Universe Australia competition this year. I work part-time at a kindergarten, and I am currently studying a Bachelor of Education for ages birth to twelve at University. The kindergarten I work at now is the kindergarten I went to when I was little which is a little fun fact for you 🙂
I love to spend time with my friends and family, eat, play fetch with my dog, coordinate my outfits and work out.
So you’ve just returned from the Miss Universe Finalists trip to the Amazing Allia Hotels in Bali… How was the experience?
It was insane! I honestly cannot believe I was one of the lucky ladies that got to go. The Alila Hotels were amazing, and we were so lucky that we stayed at all three resorts; Ubud, Seminyak and Uluwatu. All three of the resorts were spectacular, and all had a completely different feel.
We know there was an amazing program of things for you all, what was your highlight?
So hard to pick only one, I had so many highlights on the trip. However, my favourite part of the program would have been the “Powerful Impressions” workshop. In this workshop, I learnt so much about myself and my personality type. Through this experience, I also learnt about the other contestant’s personality types and got to know everyone a little more.
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 am feeling pretty relaxed about finals week at the moment as it still doesn’t feel real yet. I am excited to try something new and out of my comfort zone. In saying this, I know that when it gets closer, I will start getting quite nervous. But ultimately I am so excited because I will get to see all of the other national finalists from across Australia again as we all got quite close while we were in Bali. In preparation, I am staying as calm and relaxed as possible, trying to eat well, exercise, drink plenty of water, sticking to my regular routine and focusing on the excitement that lies ahead.
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?
Well, there is only one me in this competition, so I feel that is bound to set me apart from others. I am going to be someone who is 100% genuine, approachable, down to earth and easy going. I am also someone who will be proud of any girl who wins this competition and even prouder if that girl is me.
Speaking of being unique we all have different motivations, what is something that motivates you daily or you would say is your passion?
Honestly. Food. Whenever I am doing something that is challenging or irritating, I always think about my next meal, and it helps me get through whatever I am doing 🙂
What is something people might find interesting about yourself?
I really can’t stand when my fingers or toes get wrinkly from being in the water for too long. I do not like it at all; it is like nails on a chalkboard for me. I always make sure I try to get out of the pool or ocean before it happens and if I ever have a bath I never put my hands in the water haha.
Where is your favourite place in the world to wind down and relax?
My own bed or a sunny spot on the couch, can’t get much better than that haha. I love an afternoon power nap whenever I have the chance.
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?
I can’t believe how much I have learnt about myself during the experience so far and my confidence has really improved. I will definitely take on all of the skills I have gained through this competition into the workplace and use them in everyday life.
What is the funniest thing that has happened to you recently?
Well, while I was in Bali, I said to one of the other contestants “I just got to go and put my cossie on” and they had no idea what I was talking about which I thought was hilarious haha. In Sydney, where I have grown up, swimsuits are referred to as “swimmers” or “cossies”, and I just thought it was so funny that some of my Perth pals didn’t know these terms and refer to “cossies” as “bathers”.
Name five things you can’t live without?
Family and friends, my dog Alfie, ice cream, music and my own bed.
How would your closest friend describe you?
Here is a little snippet of my closest friend’s 21st speech for me: “Rosy is one of a kind. She is one of the most loyal friends you will ever come by, she has the most forgiving heart and she will do anything for you. She is the most authentic and true to herself people I know. Don’t know what I would do without her”
What is something you are very passionate about?
I am very passionate about early childhood education, and through my position as an educator, I love to promote self-love and individuality.