Membership Miss Universe
|Type Beauty pageant|
|Motto Australian's Most beautiful, Talented, Educated and Confident Young Woman|
Miss Universe Australia is a national Beauty pageant that has selected Australia's representative to the Miss Universe pageant since 2005.
The Miss Universe name is a registered trade name owned by the Miss Universe Organization, owned since 1996 by Donald Trump and NBC. In 2015, after Trump made statements about illegal aliens from Mexico in his presidential campaign kickoff speech, NBC ended its business relationship with Trump and stated that they will no longer air the pageant, or the Miss USA pageant, on their networks.
Since 1992, Jim Davie, a distributor of swimwear and athletic wear, has also been managing the Miss Australia Awards. In 2002, Davie obtained the licence from the Miss Universe Organisation to select Miss Universe Australia to represent Australia at international Miss Universe pageants. The new national director of the Miss Universe Australia Organisation is Troy Barbagallo of Pink Tank Events. Pink Tank have managed the Miss Universe Western Australia pageant since 2009 and was rewarded for their best in world platform with the national job in February 2016. Barbagallo is also a director of Barbagallo Group, luxury motor vehicle group and The Horologist, a leading luxury watch dealer. Barbagallo founded Box Magazine in 2003.
A Miss Universe Australia pageant is held each year to select a young woman to represent Australia at the international Miss Universe pageant. Contestants to the national pageant come from each of the States and Territories of Australia, which are described as regions or divisions, and represent that State or Territory. In 2016 there are over 220 participants in the national pageant of which 30 are competing in the National Final.
The international Miss Universe pageants started in 1952. Until 2000, while the Miss Australia Awards were held, the winners of the Miss Australia pageant would normally represent Australia at international Miss Universe pageants, but Australia did not have a representative in each year's event.
There was no Australian entrant to the Miss Universe pageant in 1991 and 2001. In 2002 through 2004, the Australian representative to the Miss Universe pageant was chosen by a national pageant held in Sydney, organised by Adpro Management Group.
The national Miss Universe Australia pageant came under new management in 2005. Of the 307 who participated at the state level, 24 made it to the national pageant, and Michelle Guy became Miss Universe Australia 2005.
There have been two Miss Universe title holders from Australia: Kerry Anne Wells in 1972 and Jennifer Hawkins in 2004. Welles entered the Miss Universe pageant as Miss Australia; and Hawkins was chosen Miss Universe Australia and went on to win the Miss Universe title in Quito, Ecuador.
In February 2016, was announced that the new boss of Miss Universe Australia is Troy Barbagallo, appointed by IMG.