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 Teagan Downey, from QLD who will be competing for the 2018 title of Miss Universe Australia.
So why don’t you tell our readers a little about yourself?
After graduating High School, I had probably moved house about 18 times by then as my parents are keen renovators which propelled my motivation to enter the property field. After years of experience in the property industry, alongside my colleague, we now run free workshops across Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne that are aimed at teaching the next generation of investors how they can purchase a property in today’s market. When I’m not working, I love to go on a road trip with my friends – we recently drove from Brisbane to Airlie Beach over the long weekend.
So you’ve just returned from the Miss Universe Finalists trip to the Amazing Allia Hotels in Bali… How was the experience?
The experience far exceeded my expectations. Alila hotels are amongst the most luxurious hotels I have ever stayed in. I went into the experience feeling a little apprehensive because I was surrounded by 31 beautiful girls, which can be quite intimidating sometimes, but two days into the experience that had all gone out the window and I felt more confident within myself then I have in a very long time.
We know there was an amazing program of things for you all, what was your highlight?
I feel like there was a highlight every single day of the trip but one highlight that really stood out to me was meeting the children from Sari Hati School in Ubud. Sari Hati provides free schooling for children & young adults with mental and physical disabilities. I found this to be an incredibly humbling and fulfilling experience and a chance for us girls to give back to the local Ubud community. We did eat at some of the best restaurants in Bali as well – sometimes I felt like I was on an Indonesian food safari. Oh, and we stayed in private villas with our own pools at Alila Uluwatu which was unforgettable.
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’m trying head into national final week very cool, calm and collected. Sometimes, it can be very easy to get caught up in the hype of preparing for a competition like this, so it’s important that I remain grounded and still have a regular routine. I have definitely ramped up my health and fitness, and I’ve been attending regular sessions at F45 Bulimba as well as enlisting a personal trainer.
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?
I am lucky enough to be in a career where I meet different and unique personalities every day, so I would have to say my ability to create enduring relationships with all types of people from different backgrounds. Last year I read the book ‘The Secret’ by Rhonda Byrne, and it totally changed my mindset. I continually strive to see the positive in situations which I think is an important attribute that Miss Universe Australia displays.
Speaking of being unique we all have different motivations, what is something that motivates you daily or you would say is your passion?
I’m so grateful to be able to get up and go to work every day and be surrounded by a group of positive people where we help our clients purchase a new home/first home and see the finished product, from off the plan stage to completion, over a 1-2 year period is so rewarding.
What is something people might find interesting about yourself?
I’ve moved house over 18 times & I have my boat & jet ski license.
Where is your favourite place in the world to wind down and relax?
My Mum is of Sicilian heritage so last year we went to Taormina in Sicily, a picturesque small town perched on a slope above the Ionian Sea – the best food, weather & location anyone could ask for!
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’m finishing up this experience feeling empowered with greater leadership skills and an opportunity to win a $10,000 education grant PLUS I’ve made friends for life – who wouldn’t want to be apart of this amazing program?
What is the funniest thing that has happened to you recently?
A child came up to me at the grocery store last week and called me Mummy – I don’t know who was more scared, the child or me!
Name five things you can’t live without?
1. My rescue pugs – Gus & Ella 2. My wok – I swear I cook a stir fry every second night! 3. My sister – she has just moved overseas so we Facetime every day 4. My phone (to facetime my sister) 5. Snacks – I can’t leave the house without them
How would your closest friend describe you?
My friends would say that I am very persistent in going after what I want. I have previously competed in the Miss Universe Australia program, although I gained a lot from that experience my goal is to win MUA 2018 ultimately, and I did not want to let my past attempt deter me from achieving this goal. Since participating previously, I have continued perusing this dream by continually developing my self-confidence levels, public speaking & presentation skills. I know that you have to work hard at some things, be persistent and be prepared to encounter setbacks before you reach your goal.
What is your favourite dish to cook?
I love homemade cooking and try new recipes almost every week. I have a bit of a sweet tooth, so my signature dish is my homemade pavlova, it’s always a hit at any party I take it to.