Stars Cars: Miss World Australia Erin Holland
WINNING the Miss World Australia title inevitably means you know a thing or two about looking good.
The multi-talented Erin Holland - singer, television host, model, dancer, charity worker and 2013 Miss World Australia - knows a stylish car when she sees one, and certainly has a penchant for red bodywork after growing up in a family favouring white cars.
Having just collected a new BMW 420i we caught up with Ms Holland to discuss her motoring life so far.
What was your first car?
A red 2013 Suzuki Swift auto affectionately nicknamed Tay Tay Swifty by my friends. My first car came later than usual even though I got my license at 17, as the first four years I spent in Sydney and had an easy commute via public transport. Tay Tay is up for sale now but has been an incredible car. Fuel economic, zippy and so small I could fit her into even the smallest of car spaces in Sydney. I will be sad to see her go!
What are you driving now?
A brand new BMW 420i Coupe in Sapphire black. I've only had her a week but am well and truly in love. She's beautifully elegant, fast, super mobile and from what I can tell, fairly fuel economical for all the driving in traffic I do in Sydney.
What cars did your family have while you were growing up?
A white Mazda 929 from about 1983 which lasted a good 19 years, a white 1994 Mazda Bravo ute, white 2000 Toyota Camry, white 2006 Mazda6 and a 2010 silver Mazda6.
What's your greatest frustration on the road?
People not paying attention! Driving in Sydney is manic at the best of times, but when people aren't indicating, giving way or driving to the speed limit it makes for a very stressful drive. I've been lucky to never have had a serious accident, but the ones I have had were caused by people not paying attention and running into the back of me.
I also hate getting stuck in Sydney in peak hour traffic when I am hungry. Nightmare.
Any preferred driving music?
If I am preparing for a performance it's a fantastic time to do some singing practice. Otherwise I'm really diverse in my taste in music - it's entirely dependent on the mood I am in. Spotify is great for that - just pick a playlist and away I go.
Who would be your ideal road trip companion?
Jimmy Fallon (American comedian and television host), hands down. We would play lip-sync battles all day. He is absolutely hysterical.
What is your dream car if money were no object?
The BMW M6 convertible: love at first sight. Or a red Ferrari California T. I don't ask for much do I?
Who: Erin Holland.
Born: March 21, 1989, Cairns.
Resume: Trained from a young age as a classical, musical theatre and jazz singer before studying musical theory and gaining a scholarship to the Sydney Conservatorium of Music gaining a Bachelor of Classical Voice degree. Beat 32 finalists to be crowned Miss World Australia in 2013 and also became Miss World Australia Talent after singing Cabaret's "Maybe This Time".
Represented Australia in the Miss World International competition in 2013, finishing in the top 10, and became Miss World Oceania. She is set to star in the Seven Network's "The Secret Daughter" drama this year alongside Jessica Mauboy.
See her: As brand ambassador for Brisbane BMW and Westside BMW.