OLIVIA HAS THE UNI­VERSE AT HER FEET

Herald Sun - - NEWS - JACKIE EP­STEIN

OLIVIA Rogers, a South Aus­tralian who now lives in Mel­bourne, has been crowned the new Miss Uni­verse Aus­tralia.

The 25-year-old qual­i­fied speech pathol­o­gist and artist pre­vailed over 31 other con­tes­tants to take over the ti­tle from Caris Ti­ivel at the Sof­i­tel Mel­bourne on Collins.

Not since 1997, when Laura Csor­tan won, has the state claimed vic­tory in the na­tional fi­nal.

“Hope my eyes aren’t too red from all that cry­ing. I’m just in shock,” Rogers said.

“I keep for­get­ting to breathe. It doesn’t feel real.

“I have never done a pageant and never thought I would.

“I’ve done mod­el­ling since I was 17. “I was a late en­try. “I was asked to do it back in De­cem­ber and I said no be­cause I didn’t think I could do it and the thought of walk­ing on stage in a bikini ter­ri­fied me.”

Ge­orgie Mitchell was run­ner up, Tahlia Gi­umelli was sec­ond run­ner up and Vic­to­rian Mar­i­jana Rad­manovic was third run­ner up.

Rogers is writ­ing a kids book, man­ages her fa­mous dog Mooshie on In­sta­gram and said SA would al­ways be home.

“I moved here eight weeks ago,” she said.

“Two days af­ter the (state) fi­nal be­cause I didn’t ex­pect to get through. That was al­ways my plan.”

Pic­ture: JULIE KIRIACOUDIS

Miss Uni­verse Aus­tralia fi­nal win­ner Olivia Rogers.

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