Meet Olivia Rogers. The beautiful, down-to-earth girl from Adelaide who’s world changed forever last year, when she was crowned Miss Universe Australia 2017. A journey she says has been, “an absolute dream come true…it has given me the most incredible opportunities”. We’ve followed her journey for the past 10 months and just before she gets ready to pass on her crown to Miss Universe Australia 2018, we wanted to catch up and discuss all things past, present and what’s in store for the future…
#1 Describe a day in the life of Olivia Rogers?
My schedule changes a lot at the moment, so I don’t really have a typical day… but an ideal day would include some sort of workout, getting some emails/work done, painting, reading, cooking and it would finish on the couch watching Netflix with my roommate and my boyfriend.
#2 I’ve heard that you love to read. What book are you currently reading and what is your all-time favourite book?
I absolutely love reading!! I’m currently halfway through “The Woman in the Window” (A.J. Finn) and I’m getting through it pretty quickly, it’s definitely a page-turner! Picking an all-time favourite is way too hard – I honestly can’t put it down to one… but I do often find myself recommending “Animal Farm” by George Orwell, it’s a classic.
#3 You love drawing, painting and sketching; particularly Mexican art and said your favourite painting is your spring skull. Where did your love for Mexican art come from?
I have always incorporated lots of colour into my life, through my clothes, accessories and my art. I was drawn to Mexican art because of the colours, it’s always so vibrant and I love it. I was also fascinated by the Day of the Dead and fell in love with dancing skeletons and sugar skulls. I think it’s so cool that they can turn something quite morbid into something so beautiful and fun.
#4 I know you’re living in Melbourne but are originally from Adelaide. If someone was going to Adelaide for the first time, what’s something they must do?
Adelaide will always be one of my favourite places in the world. If you’re a wine lover (like me), the wine regions are a must, both McLaren Vale and the Barossa are amazing. There are so many beautiful wineries, Coriole is definitely one of my faves and the new D’Arenberg ‘Cube’ is incredible. My favourite beach is Port Willunga, I would spend all summer there if I could. And a hot tip – the best time of the year to visit is during the Fringe (mid-Feb – mid-March), the city comes alive, there is so much going on and the weather then is usually perfect.
#5 In your gap year you worked for two months at Pierce Camp Birchmont, a summer camp in New Hampshire, teaching kids how to water ski, swim and sail. What made you decide to do this?
I have always loved working with children and I wanted to do something different during my gap year. A friend of mine from school suggested it and it all happened from there. I’m so happy I did it, it was an awesome experience and I am still friends with so many people from camp, almost eight years later.
#6 A favourite subject of yours at school was Japanese. How fluent are you in Japanese and if you could speak any language fluently what would it be?
I was pretty fluent in Japanese when I was 17 but unfortunately, I can hardly speak it now. The phrases that I remember best are how to introduce myself and how to ask for your phone number haha (handy!). I am really keen to re-learn Japanese as I feel (and hope) that it would come back to me quite easily. I’m also keen to learn Spanish, it’s such a beautiful language and it would be amazing to be fluent when visiting Mexico again.
#7 After Miss Australia is over you mentioned that one of your goals is to illustrate and write a kids book. What would this book be about?
I have a few different ideas but I’m not sure exactly which one I’ll go with yet. I think it would be amazing to use my knowledge in speech pathology to create something for speech pathologists to use in therapy. I’d also like to help children to maintain positive body image and mental health from a young age, so if I could create something that targets this also, that would be phenomenal.
#8 At what stage in your life did you feel like a grown up?
Haha good question… Sometimes I still don’t feel like one! I think graduating from University felt like a big ‘grown-up’ milestone for me and then moving interstate last year and becoming completely independent in all aspects of my life – that was terrifyingly adult-like.
#9 What’s your ideal date night?
My perfect date night is making a home cooked meal (when my boyfriend cooks for me, that’s an extra bonus) with a bottle of red, talking all night whilst listening to our favourite songs.
#10 Do you have any fears or phobias?
I don’t know if you can technically call it a phobia but noisy eating FREAKS ME OUT!! Haha it’s so stressful. Otherwise, I’m not really afraid of anything.
#11 Pizza or pasta?
Barbecue Chicken Pizza for the win.
#12 If you could trade worlds with anyone for one day, who would it be and why?
This may sound crazy but I am so so happy in my own world right now that I wouldn’t want to trade with anyone else.
#13 Who is your role model and why?
I have a few very significant people in my life that have and continue to influence me greatly. One of them is no longer with me but I’d have to say he has been my biggest role mode – my Grandpa, Grampy. He was one of the funniest, most contagious people I’ve ever met. He was incredibly kind and generous and lived his life to the absolute fullest. Grampy was always himself and encouraged me to be myself too.
#14 How did your dog Moosh, become so Insta famous?
I started his account as a joke and it just really took off! A few videos of Moosh and our sausage dog Ginger, were reposted on some major accounts (including Unilad and Daily Mail) and he went viral from there. It’s hilarious, I still can’t believe how many serious fans he has all over the world.
#15 What’s a place in the world you’ve never been, but would love to go?
I am desperate to go to the Bahamas – there is a beach there where you can swim with pigs and it looks ridiculous (so funny!) but also so incredible. I neeeeed to go asap!!
#16 Complete the sentence. I’m happiest when…
I’m with my favourite people who love me for me and allow me to completely be myself, dad jokes and all.
#17 Are you a firm believer that everything happens for a reason?
Absolutely. You might not always be able to find that reason straight away, but you can always work it out eventually.
#18 Where do you see yourself in five years time?
This is a question I always battle with as I don’t know exactly what I’ll be doing yet…but over the next five years there’s so much I want to see and do, so I’ll be very well travelled by then. Hopefully, I will have illustrated and published a number of books and I’ll be living in my own house surrounded by murals that I’ve painted myself. I might be a presenter or practising as a speech pathologist, maybe running my own practice… I don’t know…I feel the possibilities are endless though, which is a great feeling to have.
#19 What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been told?
My parents really drilled into me when I was little that you should always treat others as you want to be treated. This is something I live by; I always try my best to be kind to everyone.
#20 What does being Miss Universe 2017 mean to you?
It has been an absolute dream come true, I still pinch myself daily 10 months down the track – I think I probably will for the rest of my life. It has given me the most incredible opportunities and I have been able to use my voice to speak out about mental health and positive body image. I feel like it’s got the ball rolling for me and I don’t see that ball stopping anytime soon.
Interview by Jacqui Feros.