Miss Universe Australia 2022 is Monique Riley

Monique Riley of New South Wales has been crowned as Miss Universe Australia 2022 on Friday, September 9 at Warner Bros. Movie World on the Gold Coast, Queensland.

The 27-year-old model, actress, and executive assistant with a degree in creative industries from the Queensland University of Technology will now prepare to represent Australia at the 71st Miss Universe pageant. She succeeds last year's titleholder, Daria Varlamova.

Completing the Top 5 were first runner-up Annalise Dalinis, second runner-up Ciara Grehan, third runner-up Hànni Rose Howe and fourth runner-up Alana Deutsher-Moore.

Elissa Laforce, Darcy Spinks, Kymberlee Street, Jacinta Pizzata, and Miné Coetser were the rest of the Top 10 finalists.

A total of 28 beauties competed for the national title. They were selected through state finals in Western Australia, Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, and Southern Australia last May.

This year's glittering event was the first live national final for Miss Universe Australia since 2019.

Australia has won the Miss Universe pageant twice with Kerry Anne Wells in 1972 and Jennifer Hawkins in 2004.

Meet the new Miss Universe Australia:

Photos: Miss Universe Australia / Pink Tank Events / Jarrad Seng / Monique Riley / Instagram

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