Monique Riley of New South Wales was crowned Miss Universe Australia 2022 at Movieworld on the Gold Coast in what was the first live final in three years. She will represent Australia at the 71st Miss Universe competition next year!

Photo: instagram/@moniqueeriley

Who is Monique Riley?

Monique grew up having the best of both coastal and country life. She moved out of her home at the age 17 to study for her Bachelor of Creative Industries in Brisbane before auditioning for the National Institute of Dramatic Arts in Sydney. She now works as a part-time as a model, actress, executive Assistant and helps run her partner's construction company.

Her motivation for entering Miss Universe Australia were the opportunities that winning Miss Universe Australia leads to. She is a big believer in the notion that everything happens for a reason, and when the opportunity presented itself, she had to take it. 

For Monique, the most important qualities that Miss Universe Australia should embody involve being a high-quality person first and a pageant contestant second. As the daughter of a cattle farmer and a hard-working single mother, she was raised with a strong work ethic., but also raised as an egalitarian, believing that people are equal and deserve the same rights and opportunities as each other. To her, that means we have a responsibility to be the voices of people who, for whatever reason, might not have the same opportunities that you might have. She also thinks it’s important that Miss Universe Australia is down-to-earth, relatable, natural, confident and comfortable in her own skin. 

She dreams of traveling the world, meeting new people and experiencing different cultures and her dream destinations include Africa and Japan.

Monique is extremely passionate about health and looking after your body. She thinks it’s everyone’s most priceless possession and the only place we have to live, so we need to take care of it. She is also passionate about acting as it’s her goal career path. 

Dear Monique, GOOD LUCK on your Miss Universe journey! We can't wait to follow & support!

Information obtained from Monique's interview with


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