BY DARREN DEVLYN
AS she films a segment for Dating in the Dark in a mansion on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula, Laura Dundovic is a picture of good health.
You’d never know Dundovic had a long battle with chronic fatigue syndrome that began when she was 15.
The former Miss Universe Australia hit rock bottom, sleeping up to 10 hours during the day, just before claiming the crown in 2008.
Her run of bad luck continued in 2010, when she suffered a broken ankle and a bout of shingles.
Her career, however, has been running smoothly since being signed for Dating in the Dark, a show where contestants get to know each other with the lights off. It is only after they choose a date that the lights go on and they get to see their partner. Howseriously do contestants take this show? They are looking for love. You have to be ready to be vulnerable in the dark. People probably don’t realise how dark it actually is in there. A little bit scary. Could you imagine going on the show as a contestant yourself? If I were at that point in life where I was looking for love but finding all the wrong people, I think it would be an amazing experience to go on the show. Have you had past embarrassments with boys and dating? I was 5ft 10 (178cm) in year 8 so it wasn’t easy. There was a boy on the bus to school. I had killer heels on and he said, ‘‘I’m not going out with her, she’s a giant.’’ I was called Lanky Laura at school. I would be hunched over when talking to people. I started modelling and became prouder of my height. Howis your health? I had a fractured toe (late 2011). As I was leaving the house I got my toe caught in a door frame. Not a great injury because nobody gives you sympathy for a broken toe. Howhas having CFS affected your approach to life? Over time you get to know your body. If I go out at night and start to feel sick, I go home. I got glandular fever at 15 and was put on antibiotics and was getting sicker and sicker. I ended up getting a series of blood tests to eliminate everything else that could have been making me feel like that. At one point I could hardly talk, my throat was so swollen. A naturopath put me on a herbal tonic and I haven’t had a flu for years. Dating in the Dark, FOX8, Tuesday, 9.30pm