The Beginning Boutique Gal Running For Miss Universe Australia!

Ever wondered what it takes to become Miss Universe Australia?! We always imagined it going a little something like this…


Or this…


But past Beginning Boutique intern Abbey Stuart is shedding the light on her journey to becoming Miss Universe Australia at the Queensland State Finals, and we just had to find out all the juicy goss!

With strict fitness preparations, beauty workshops and a whole lotta studying up on global events, Abbey is a one-woman machine who is sure to slay at the finals!

“My career aspirations definitely lie in making it as a publicist (yes I am a past Beginning Boutique intern) so I am still a bit blown away to call myself a Miss Universe Australia QLD State Finalist! I am incredibly thrilled to be a part of such an amazing competition and am so lucky be surrounded by the other beautiful and like-minded QLD finalists.”

“Having grown up in a small town in the Hunter Valley NSW, moving to Brisbane two years ago was such an eye-opener. I have thrown myself at every opportunity, both career and personal interest wise since being here, including extra acting for Mako Mermaids Island of Secrets, freelance modelling, and all things PR!

As an incredibly driven young woman, the Miss Universe Australia program just seemed like the next step, and what a good decision it was!”

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With only less than 2 weeks until the state finals (and her 21st birthday!) she’s definitely in preparation mode!


 “I have upped my workouts to six days a week, for about an hour long. I am doing lots of cardio, boxing, pilates, and body pump classes!”

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“Lots of wholesome foods! I am definitely a big foodie, so I find it important not to limit myself of anything or be too strict on myself! I just eat clean foods and enjoy my dark chocolate before bed. I love baking cacao protein balls and making green smoothies in the morning too!”


 “At state finals, we will be scored on how we answer a question that is given to us. So, every morning I turn on Sunrise while I am getting ready for university, and read the newspaper to ensure I am up to date on current affairs!”

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“The morning of the final will consist of having our make-up done by the team at Bodyography, cat-walk and choreography practice, question and answer practice, our hair lusciously curled by the babes at PaperRokk Salon and then final fittings for our Begitta evening dress section, midnight swimwear & day wear. In the lead up to the event I am drinking lots of water and eating lots of clean foods and greens to make sure my skin is fresh and glowing for the night of the final! I’m also currently applying PureSmile teeth whitening treatment every day to keep my pearly whites nice and glam!”

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“I have so many motivations for entering this competition, but the main one is definitely about empowering young women. I honestly believe in the term ‘girl power’ and empowering one another to do whatever we set our minds to! Imagine what we could achieve collectively if we encouraged one another! I want to use the competition as a portal for saying ‘let’s be fit and healthy, and let’s make goals, and let’s work hard, and let’s achieve great things – whatever that may be.”

“It’s so important just to run with your aspirations, so that’s what I am doing, and that’s what I hope my involvement in the program will do for others. I have grown as a person, been given the opportunity to work with wonderful sponsors, and have made friends with the other beautiful state finalists.”

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The state finals night will see five girls go through to the next round; in which they will go on to a finalist’s trip to Bali, and then compete for the title in Melbourne later in the year!

Fingers crossed Abbey!

To buy tickets to the Queensland State final, check out the Pink Tank Facebook event here!

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Abbey’s Miss Universe prep got you inspired? Check out our go-to healthy brownie recipe here!

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