Overview of Her Miss Universe Journey
A late entrant to the Miss Universe contest, Olivia almost didn't take part. "Even in front of my family I am a bit self-conscious," Olivia said. She found the idea of getting on stage in front of the nation, especially in a bikini, incredibly intimidating. Fortunately, Olivia put her fears aside and took a chance.
She became the first South Australian representative to take the title of Miss Universe Australia in the national final, held at the Sofitel Melbourne on Collins Street, since 1997, and was crowned by former winner Caris Tiivel. She was in good company at the top with Georgie Mitchell and Tahlia Giumelli from New South Wales were first and second runner up respectively while Victoria's Marijana Radmanovic was the third runner up.
In 2018, Olivia took to the global stage as Australia's representative in the international Miss Universe pageant. Unfortunately, Olivia didn't make the competition's top 16 and while the international beauty pageant prize, which hasn't been won by an Australian since Jennifer Hawkins in 2004, was taken by Miss South Africa Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, she did not consider it a wasted opportunity. Attending sister Eleanor's Las Vegas wedding before the finale and partying in Los Angeles with Tobey Maguire and Leonardo DiCaprio, Olivia had plenty of cause for celebration. "I have had the most incredible experience with some of the most hilarious, kind, intelligent girls I’ve ever met", she wrote. "I really have made friends for life from all over the globe".
What Are Some of Olivia Rogers' Hidden Talents?
Olivia Rogers takes talent to the extreme. Eager to shun beauty pageant stereotypes, Olivia is a qualified speech pathologist specialising in paediatrics. She's super intelligent, almost fluent in Japanese, and as if her academic achievements weren't enough, Olivia is also bursting with artistic ability.
Olivia says that she began to draw as soon as she was old enough to hold a pencil. Since then, her talent and passion for visual art have only grown. While studying her degree, Olivia became an entrepreneur, launching a small business selling her self-taught illustrations and paintings. With a particular interest in the vibrancy of Mexican art, Olivia says that she was drawn to colour and fascinated by the way that the Day of the Dead festival can turn morbidity into beauty. Still a keen artist, Olivia says she "would love to combine [her] passion for art and [her] passion for speech pathology to maybe create resources for speech pathologists to use in therapy".
Where Did Olivia Rogers Grow Up?
Born and raised in Adelaide, South Australia, Olivia first stepped onto Sydney's modelling scene as a teenager after being scouted at just 17 years old. Olivia quickly found that life as a model put her under serious body scrutiny, and in the wake of constant measurements and pressure to be thin, she became very self-conscious, dropping to just 49kg. "For my height (173cm) that's just not OK" "I wasn't happy". Struggling with depression and disordered eating Olivia returned to Adelaide and her studies, abandoning the modelling industry and NSW in favour of a healthy relationship with food.
Where Does Olivia Rogers Live Now?
Olivia Rogers now lives in Melbourne, Australia.
Who does Olivia look up to?
Her grandfather, Maurice Klemich, "Grampy was always himself and encouraged me to be myself too" Olivia said. She also said that she looked up to her grandmother, Patricia, and nutritionist Jessica Sepel. On the modelling scene, she's a huge fan of Jennifer Hawkins and Jesinta Campbell.
What Does Olivia Rogers Do for a Living?
With her disordered eating now behind her, Olivia Rogers makes balance a priority and urges young girls to do the same, even celebrating her Miss Universe Australia win with a glass of champagne and a well-deserved Big Mac. She's binned her scales and left words like "chubby" and "nerdy" in her past. Though she maintains a mostly healthy diet and exercise routine, she remains an advocate of the occasional treat!
From her South Australian home, Olivia stepped boldly back into the modelling world and hasn't looked back since. Now, she is an ambassador for the well-known charities CanTeen, Captain Courageous and Liptember, and works tirelessly to raise awareness of mental health issues. Olivia draws her motivation from both her own struggles with depression as well as her father's Bipolar battle.
Does Olivia Rogers Have a Boyfriend?
Between Miss Universe commitments, charity work and personal projects, somehow Olivia Rogers has still found the time for a little romance! Not long after the end of the 2017 Miss Universe Australia pageant, Olivia split from long term boyfriend Andrew Pretto. Now, she's found new love with 30-year-old Justin Mckeone, the CFO of a travel and events company.
Does Olivia Rogers Have an Instagram Account?
Yes! Taking huge career strides and leaving her mark on the world, Olivia shares frequent snaps of her adventures with her 100-and-something thousand Instagram followers.
What's next for 2017's Miss Universe Australia Olivia Rogers?
This Aussie beauty queen is an avid reader so writing a book seemed like a natural next step. Olivia has a children's book in the works, and hopes that this project will help to promote positive body image and good mental health among Australian children.