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:: Spotlight :: Model Profile - Erin Victoria Holland (Miss World Australia candidate 2013)

By: Carmine Pascuzzi

Erin Holland is an all-round, multi-talented performer - singer, model, actress, dancer and presenter. From New South Wales, she is trying, for the second time, to become Miss World Australia. Before she ventures to Melbourne for the final judging in July, we took time to find out a little more about her.

Q. What is your family background?

A. I am born and bred in Cairns, in Far North Queensland. I moved away from home alone to Sydney at 17 years of age upon graduating High School to further my education and career. I miss my family (Mum, Dad, little brother Alex and Maxi the dog!) incredibly, and I don't get home as often as I would like, but I have always been incredibly driven and ambitious - so there are just some sacrifices you have to make!

Q. Did you grow up in the early teens wanting to be a model?

A. Not exactly! My idols were those on Broadway and West-End, those who could sing, dance and act! My parents often remind me of how often how they would find me dressed as a cat (Using all my mother's make-up) learning the dances in “Cats” or singing “Phantom of the Opera” at the top of my lungs along to their "Best of Andrew Lloyd webber CD!! That being said, I did always adore the gorgeous faces wearing such beautiful clothes in magazines… I just never ever thought I might one day be capable of that myself. To even be considered as a possible Miss World is such an overwhelming honour.

Q. How did you get discovered?

A. I was lucky enough to place Top 10 in last years competition and simply HAD to come back and give it another go. I am incredibly competitive, particularly when it’s something I am passionate about.

Q. How are your studies going?

A. I graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music (on scholarship) with a Bachelor of Music (Performance) Majoring in Classical Voice. I have been working full time in the industry ever since, dividing my time between singing gigs (weddings, national anthems, concerts) modelling (primarily commercial, catwalk, beauty and fashion editorial), TV commercials, presenting and auditioning for professional musicals.

Q. Favourite Hobbies?

A. Apart from the obvious singing and dancing, I am absolutely sports mad! I love watching any sort of live sport, in particular Rugby League, Cricket and Tennis. There is nothing more sacred then Friday Night Football or State of Origin in my household! I am also a fairly decent baker… My friends always beg me for brownies!! I hate playing by the rules though - I never use recipes, but haven't failed yet

Q. Favourite Music?

A. This is a particularly difficult question for me! I absolutely live and breathe music, having studied it intensely practically my whole life (my father taught me how to play the recorder and read music from 3 years of age). I listen from everything from orchestral works and opera (composers such as Hahn, Debussy, Chopin and Wagner) to the latest tunes on the radio. That being said, you are infinitely more likely to find me belting out the “Wicked” soundtrack in my car than any top 40 hit!

Q. Favourite Films?

A. Anything Disney. No childhood is complete without Disney.

Q. What is your fashion sense?

A. I am very relaxed when it comes to fashion - I get a lot of my clothes from shoots these days so I guess I am pretty on trend… During winter, I love nothing more than slouching around in a simple skinny jeans + over-sized knit + boots ensemble. Comfort is the key! In the warmer months I am very much a dress girl. Very lucky to have my wonderful stylist and friend Marc James (Sydney based stylist who assists Jules Sebastian with names such as Jessica Mauboy, Johnny Ruffo and Samantha Jade) to always point me in the right direction

Q. Beauty tips?

A. I am very fortunate to have clear skin, but as I have been so busy with shoots all I have to constantly wear layers and layers of make-up! As a result, I have had to really endeavour to make sure to take extra care - Ryan at Cactus Skincare has been a wonderful supporter of myself (and my skin!) I mix and match his products depending on the season and love his wonderfully natural, organic and animal friendly products.

Q. Do you think a man should treat a woman like he does his car?

A. Absolutely. If all men paid attention to a woman the way they care for their child (I mean car), Cadbury wouldn't be the multi-million dollar franchise it is today. Period.

Q. Favourite Place Visited?

A. I have always yearned to travel and see everything this amazing planet has to offer. Last year I was lucky enough to be chosen to compete in an international competition in Xiamen, China. It was such an incredible experience to be immersed within a country that differs in almost every way to our own! The food, the language, the culture, the people, the landscape - every day brought a new discovery and I thoroughly enjoyed every day of my experience in this fascinating country.

Q. Do you have any role models?

A. From a career perspective, Kristen Chenoweth has always been an amazing role model of mine: A multi-faceted performer, she was classically trained in opera, delved into a career in musical theatre (probably best known for originating the character “Glinda” from “Wicked” in the Original Broadway Cast of Wicked) before parlaying into TV and Film. She is also incredibly philanthropically inclined, supporting numerous charities including: Altzeimers Associations, Broadway cares/Equity Fights AIDS, Clothes Off our Back and Worldwide Orphans Foundation. I hope to emulate a similar sort of career path to this amazing woman, as I am similarly classically trained in Opera and have always dreamed of a career in musical theatre. I hope one day I may even have half the profile of this incredible woman, and use it to promote the importance of charities such as the the Red Cross and the Cancer Council, both of which I am an avid supporter and donator.

Q. People you've admired generally?

A. I am blessed to be surrounded by the most incredible family, friends and partner. I admire each and everyone one of them for their dedication to their work, personal relationships, compassion and zest for life. Many have overcome serious hardships within their lives, yet their ability to make amends and continue on striving for greatness is simple inspirational. Their support throughout my entire career, and in this moment of the competition is simply overwhelming. I cannot thank them all enough for their overwhelming and unwavering support.

Q. Tell us about your purpose for entering Miss World Australia, and what impact you can make if successful?

A. From the moment I entered, I have completely engrossed myself in preparing for this pageant. Any competition that promotes the importance of self-confidence, individuality, compassion, inner-beauty and philanthropy in young women is a remarkable thing, and something I am so proud to be associated with. If successful, I would endeavour to use the profile received to continue to instill within the community how important these values are within today's society. I have really enjoyed working with Variety - The Children’s Charity and plan to further strengthen this relationship and continue fundraising for this incredible initiative. I 100% believe I have the maturity, the drive, the passion, the talent, the international competition experience and the oration skills to do this title justice, and I cannot wait to see how the competition pans out this year!

Q. Future Ambitions?

A. As previously mentioned, I yearn to travel: to see and experience the world - something I have not previously had the opportunity to do. I hope to continue forging a career in the entertainment industry in Australia (particularly in Musical Theatre and presenting) and ultimately end up a leading-lady on Broadway or West-End. That would quite literally be a dream come true.