When it came to the judging panel for this year's Fashion at The Races State Final, Olivia Rogers is certainly qualified! Olivia has just herself recently experienced what it's like to be on the other side, having just been crowned Miss Universe Australia for 2017.
She impressed the judges from a huge group of women from all over the country to take the title, and will go on to compete on the World's stage for the Miss Universe title.
With plenty of knowledge when it comes to style and beauty, she also knows a thing or two about the most important part of any look - letting your personality shine through! It only takes a flick through her Instagram to see that Olivia is a role model for body confidence, as well as mental health, and is an inspiration to many women.
We took 5 with Miss Universe Australia before the State Final on Monday, 11th of September.
Congratulations on winning Miss Universe Australia! What’s the past year been like?
Thank you so much! It's been a bit of a whirlwind, but absolutely incredible. I am making the most of all of the new opportunities coming my way & loving every minute.
What’s been your favourite part/moment of it all so far?
I'd have to say the moment I was announced was the most surreal, exciting moment of my life. It was very unexpected for me, I’m still pinching myself! Since then, I have really enjoyed being able to travel around Australia working in a number of our beautiful states and meeting lots of inspiring people along the way.
You were on board last year as Face of Spring Racing at Morphettville, what do you love about The Races?
I was, and I had an absolute ball in that role! I love the fashion and the atmosphere at the races. Everyone is always so enthusiastic and happy to be there, especially when the weather turns it on for us. Race days are a great excuse to dress up and have a great time with your friends.
As a judge for the Fashion at The Races State Final, what do you think you’ll be looking for in a winner?
I absolutely love seeing someone who isn’t afraid to be bold with their style - it’s great to see someone who looks and feels super confident in what they are wearing. I’ll be looking for something with a bit of a ‘wow factor’. I feel as though Fashion at The Races doesn’t have as many limits as other occasions, so I hope we see some show stoppers!
What are some of your favourite race wear trends?
For Spring Carnival, colour and florals are definitely my favourite trends.
What are you top style tips for a day trackside?
Don’t be afraid to be different - different is so much more fun than classic.
What about the gentlemen? What do you look for in a winning mens racewear look?
For men, as with women, I’m usually drawn to colour. A pop of colour in a shirt or bowtie can be a winner.
Olivia will be juding the State Final of Fashion at The Races on Monday September 11. Click here to check out more details about the State Final, and tune in on that day to find out the Winners!
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