A 21-year-old university student has been crowned Miss Universe Australia after proposing people should use less hairspray to help the environment.Her hairspray reduction idea topped a plethora of environmentally sensitive ideas including turning people's water off every other day, charging $20/l for petrol and building houses out of plastic instead of wood in order to save the forests. One hopeful even put forward the plan to only allow one piece of toilet paper. When told that it had already been suggested she cried.
Laura Dundovic, a third-year psychology student from Sydney, received the honour in Melbourne last night. "It would be great to reach the success of my predecessors, but at the moment I am the over the moon to be here," The Herald Sun quoted her as saying. The event's director, Deborah Miller, said the standard of competition was one of the highest ever, with all contestants having "charisma, beauty, and intelligence".I don't know if it was 'intelligence' or something that resembled intelligence and so they got a pass.
Tact was perhaps a little less evident in some of the beauty queen hopefuls. One contestant said the lives of homeless people could be improved if more of them used helplines.And you thought I was kidding when I said she beat out a number of other hopeless ideas...
Ms Dundovic beat 28 other young women to the title, which was the start of great things for Jennifer Hawkins, who won in 2004. Ms Hawkins went on to win the international title, Miss Universe. A multi-million-dollar contract as the face of Myer and a job in television followed. Ms Dundovic will represent Australia in the international final in Vietnam in July.Good luck to her. She'll be up against some serious environmental competition though she'll need to change her line, as I don't think that Vietnamese judges will know what hairspray is.