Elisabet Hulda Snorradóttir, Miss Universe Iceland, sits down with Monito Power of @pageatthreads as part of our Queenly Tea Talks Instagram Live series to talk about her experience in the pageant world and beyond.
Monito: Hi Elisabet! I’m sure everyone knows who you are, but please tell us more about who yourself!
Elisabet: I am the current Miss Universe Iceland. One of my biggest traits that I have is that I have travelled a lot and I have lived in many different countries. I know five different languages and I think that is the most interesting part of me.
M: I also read in your bio that you know morse code. WOW! So going into the questions...How is it like getting ready for the pageant in the U.S?
E: I am loving it. All of my sponsors are here and so are my coaches. I really like being in this focused environment to get my mindset on the completion.
M: I am happy that you are in that mindset! Do you think you have an edge because you have arrived to the states so early before the competition taking place in mid-May?
E: I was actually the second woman to depart! I think it is exciting because it gets people excited for the event. I am a lot less stressed now that I have made it here.
M: Have you found the ONE..THE gown you are going to be wearing to Miss Universe?
E: Yes! I have the one. I actually had it specially made by my designer, Johnathan Kayne. I tried it on for the first time the other day and it was everything I had ever imagined.
M: What had first inspired you to compete for the your national title?
E: So I completed in 2019 and I was the first runner up. I went into the competition with not the best mindset. I was more so doing it for fun and meeting the girls. And I was actually not going to compete again because I was content. But then COVID happened and I signed up again and here we are!
M: I want to ask you, what is one of the biggest lessons you have learned from pageantry?
E: You definitely become more articulate when speaking because in pageantry you are asked a lot about different issues around the world. You have to be able to speak your mind in a way that doesn’t affect others.
M: There are some questions coming in the chat: If Miss Universe was tomorrow, what is one something you would bring to the competition?
E: That is difficult! I would bring my pillow if I was staying overnight because I can’t sleep without my pillow. But otherwise, I would say shoes. Proper sandals you can rest your feet on are a must! Or my contact lenses because I have horrible vision!
M: Here's a fun question: Do you prefer the swimsuit segment or evening gown?
E: I always say swimsuit because I feel like it’s so fun. You just strut down the runway like, “Yes, I am here!” It’s always fun and sexy and powerful.
M: Trisha asks, what are you looking forward to the most about competing in Miss Universe?
E: I am looking forward to being there before the competition. So everything that leads up to the competition from the check-in point. I can’t wait to be backstage and watch everyone running around. I love being able to watch things behind the scenes.
M: That’s a very unique answer and I totally agree with you! Someone is asking: who is your biggest inspiration in life?
E: My biggest inspiration in life is my mom. Most definitely. She has gone through so many challenges and she always makes sure everything is okay. I love the relationship I have with my mother.
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