Miss Tourism Australia
‘Understand that you can’t be anyone but yourself and to be happy with who you are.’
Current Miss Tourism Australia, Tasha Ross, started modelling at the age of twelve. At twenty she has conquered pageants, modelled in Paris, works as a personal trainer, volunteers for charities, all while studying toward a Bachelor of Business in Event Management.
I’m a model, personal trainer, after school care sports teacher and I’m also studying towards a Bachelor of Business in Event Management. I first started modelling at the age of 12 for a Korean company called Eland Junior. I have now been modelling for 8 years and I have been lucky enough to travel internationally and model in Paris.
What drove you to start up/make a major change to your business/business life?
I started modelling at a young age when my parents put me into a child modelling agency and it just took off from there. I entered the Girlfriend Magazine model search when I was 15 old and got signed to an agency.
When I was overseas I noticed that the girls had poor eating habits. These habits were actually quite disturbing. Girls were eating cotton balls to fill their stomachs. This is what inspired me to take up personal training once I came home.
What’s been your proudest moment in business?
As someone who has always hated public speaking, my proudest moment would be being able to stand up in front of a large crowd and answer questions concerning political and social issues in the Miss Universe Australia competition last year. I’m now able to speak confidently in large crowds.
What mistake have you learned most from?
I don’t believe anything is a mistake. Everyone makes mistakes, we’re all human. However, everything is a learning experience.
What would you say is the recipe for success?
Success to me is someone who is happy within themselves and never gives up. I feel as though I’ve been successful as I’ve learnt to never give up.
I was born with a deformity to my feet known as Talipes, which causes the ankle joints to rotate inwards. I’ve had a few operations to correct this, however, I was told I could only ever walk in joggers. As someone who always wanted to model, I needed to be able to wear and walk in heels. I practiced and never gave up and was able to eventually walk in heels, and now I’m able to walk in runway shows.
Success is focusing on what’s ahead and not giving up.
What have you learned about yourself?
I’ve learned that I’m a very punctual person, and as someone who studies business I have a pet peeve for anyone who is late.
Given what you know now, what would you do differently?
Nothing, I believe that everything has a place in time and you learn from every experience.
Who would you most like to employ in your business – famous or otherwise?
As a model, I personally don’t employ anyone, however, if I was to employ a model I would look for someone who is on time, completes their tasks as required, and has good social skills. I believe it’s important to be able to communicate with a wide range of people.
Best piece of advice?
My best advice to those entering the modelling industry is to understand that you can’t be anyone but yourself and to be happy with who you are. There are always so many other girls that you’re competing against in the industry, so don’t take anything personally if you don’t get chosen for a particular job.