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 Rutendo Chifamba, from SA who will be competing for the 2018 title of Miss Universe Australia.
So why don’t you tell our readers a little about yourself?
My name is Rutendo Chifamba, but everyone just calls me Tendo (like Nintendo but only the Tendo part). I am currently studying law to become a Human Rights Lawyer as I am all about using my voice to stand up for others. You can usually find me breaking a sweat at the gym or spending time with friends and family.
So you’ve just returned from the Miss Universe Finalists trip to the Amazing Allia Hotels in Bali… How was the experience?
The entire experience was unreal! I don’t think it every fully sunk in that I was in Bali staying at incredible locations, eating awesome food and making the best memories with the other National Finalists. This was a trip I will never forget, and I am so excited to see everyone again because we’ve really grown into a family.
We know there was an amazing program of things for you all, what was your highlight?
The highlight for me was definitely going to places such as Mrs Sippy and Omnia where there was a really lively atmosphere. I love dancing and having fun, so it was pretty amazing to go to places specifically designed for that.
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 so pumped for Melbourne; I can’t help but count down the days. To prepare for Nationals, I am definitely eating healthier and working out more, but preparing is about more than just looking the part. I want to bring the best version of myself to the stage physically, mentally and emotionally. That means I continually encourage myself and remind myself that I have something to offer this world.
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?
All of us girls are so unique, but I definitely think my personality will set me apart from the other contestants. I know this is a competition, but I am fully prepared to exhaust my lungs at Nationals from cheering on the girls. If you ever need someone to hype you up, I’m on it! I 100% get it from my mum, she’s her own cheerleader, and now I’m a cheerleader for myself and those around me. You’ll be hearing, ‘YASS GIRL, WORK THAT STAGE’ a lot from me in Melbourne.
Speaking of being unique we all have different motivations, what is something that motivates you daily or you would say is your passion?
My passion is definitely bringing positivity into other people’s lives. I’m a Christian, and I believe that love is the most important thing that we can give and have in this world. Every day I challenge myself to be a bit more loving and to be a blessing for someone else.
What is something people might find interesting about yourself?
My arm span is longer than my body. I’m always nominated to take group selfies because my arms are basically like a selfie stick.
Where is your favourite place in the world to wind down and relax?
My favourite place in the world to wind down and relax is probably my backyard. When the sun is shining just nicely, I can see how beautiful the sky is, and it’s so quiet and peaceful. I’m in my element when I’m just daydreaming and lying down in the grass.
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?
This experience has made me understand the importance of knowing who you are and staying true to your character. It’s easy to compare yourself with everyone else so you need to be confident in your identity, knowing that no crown could ever add to your value. I’m valued, important and loved and I know that no matter what happens, that fact will never change. I believe this is significant for me to move forward in all aspects of life.
What is the funniest thing that has happened to you recently?
I can’t think of a day where something funny hasn’t happened to me; I can be such a klutz. I’m the only person I know who always leaves an ice skating rink with a scar. I have two now on my leg (and I’ve only been twice this year) and to add to the collection, I have a scar on my ankle from ironing. My ankle. I don’t even know how that it is possible.
Name five things you can’t live without?
God, my family, food, Disney movies and a good karaoke session.
How would your closest friend describe you?
Last time I was asked this question I responded with, ‘extra’. The urban dictionary (the most scholarly and reputable dictionary) describes extra as someone who does, “the absolute damn most. For no reason.” I’ve never been basic a day in my life, and I enjoy life so much more because of it. My extra-ness even makes me laugh.
What’s your most significant achievement?
Finishing 9 seasons of The Office. “You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take – Wayne Gretzky” – Michael Scott.