Interview with Miss Universe turned presenter Amy Willerton about life, celebrity, California and Bristol


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Out of everything you have done in your career so far what do you consider to be the highlight?

Miss Universe, because it was my dream since I was about 5! I was always obsessed with watching pageants on television , the gowns , the sparkles and everything to do with being a Princess. So when it actually happened to me, and it was me on stage, I was in my absolute element!

What advice would you give to a pupil at school who wants to be on television?

I think decide what your goals are with entering the TV world. What exactly is it you want to do? Do you want to a presenter / be behind the camera…Being in a pageant/on TV/just be famous isn’t a career. It is however amazing experience – I was lucky enough that it turned into a career but it doesn’t always work out that way. So I like people to understand the goals behind why they want to be on TV so they use that opportunities open to them to pursue long term dreams/goals.

What challenges face models in 2016? How has it changed in the last 5 years.

The industry has changed so much even in the last few years. Everything revolves so much around social media now, usually in castings I will be asked how many followers I have before what experience I have. A lot of content is now online so although there is a lot more opportunity to be seen – Budgets are more stretched out now, so it’s difficult to sustain a full time career in media. My advice is always to evolve and be open to new opportunities – You have to be very comfortable with unpredictability and change!

Where is your favourite place to live? UK or abroad?

I live in California currently because I love the lifestyle so much. There is so much opportunity here, but you can pursue it whilst living in 90 degrees by the beach! But as much as I adore it – I’m a proud Brit and a home bunny at heart – So England will always be my home.

What things do you like to do in Bristol? Do you go back and visit much?

I’m very close with my family so I try to go back to Bristol as often as I can. I love it as a city, there is so much vibrancy, art and culture – I was very lucky to be raised there. It’s a big enough city that you have your privacy but small enough that it’s still a caring community.

Do you ever tire of seeing pictures of yourself in the media?

Bad one yes!! I don’t really mind because I invited that into my life. Certainly now I’ve stepped away from the reality side of things to pursue a serious presenting career I have less of that in my life these days which I prefer.

How do you keep yourself healthy?

I try to keep to do some form of exercise everyday and keep it varied. I’m so passionate about cooking and food that diet has always been the thing I find hardest to discipline. I go in extremes, either being super healthy or super terrible!! So I’m working I’m my behaviours presently to create more balance ultimately aiming for clean diet 80% with a 20% treat allowance!

If you want a great day then what 5 things do you find yourself doing?

– Be with people I love!
– Some extreme sports activity like jet skiing or bungee jumping
– Eating amazing food
– Challenges/Games – I’m really addicted escape rooms and laser quest right now!
– Watching the sunset from a gorgeous beach

What’s next for you?

I’m presenting now! So you will be seeing me pop up places with a mic. I’m starting from square one in America which is as scary as it is exciting but I understand 
what I want from my career so much more now. I choose quality over quantity in my work – commercial success comes with a lot of pressure so I like taking my time with larger projects.

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