The Chronicle

DARIA’S UNIVERSAL APPEAL

- JACKIE EPSTEIN

NEWLY crowned Miss Universe Australia Daria Varlamova said she feared she wouldn’t be considered Aussie enough to win.

The Russian-born beauty moved to Australia with her mum and brother at age eight and has lived in Melbourne for the past five years.

“I tried out for Miss Universe when I was 19 and I didn’t make it through and I thought I’d never be considered Australian enough,’’ Varlamova, 27, said.

“I felt half Russian and half Australian and it wasn’t until I saw winners from different and diverse cultural background­s that it makes you realise you can do it.

“I’m a very proud immigrant showing that whatever you want to do, you can do.”

Varlamova, a psychother­apy student, said she felt speechless moments before she was announced the winner while part of the virtual national final.

“I’ve had maybe two hours of sleep – how can you sleep when your life changes and you’ve got all these things running through your head.”

The internatio­nal Miss Universe final will be held in December in Israel.

 ?? ?? Newly crowned Miss Universe Australia Daria Varlamova. Picture: Tim Carrafa
Newly crowned Miss Universe Australia Daria Varlamova. Picture: Tim Carrafa

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