Tia Carrera is an award-winning dancer from Melbourne, who has previously won Miss Nude Victoria (2019 & 2017), Miss Erotica Australia and was recently crowned the champion of this year's Miss Nude Australia 2020 competition.
Hi Tia! Congratulations on winning Miss Nude Australia 2020! How does it feel?
It took a day to really sink in but I felt so overwhelmed and proud of myself. I feel like I’ve won gold at the Olympics!
What training did you have to do to prep yourself for the competition?
My training is kind of non-existent as I believe a show is better when it’s a bit off-the-cuff. I go to weekly pole dancing classes and I perform shows at my home club every weekend, but in terms of a training schedule – it doesn’t exist for me.
Do you have a background in dance or performance?
I have been pole dancing since I was 15! I have no ‘proper’ dance experience and am definitely not naturally coordinated on the floor, but I know how to work a pole.
What acts did you perform throughout the competition?
I performed my Avatar-themed show for Miss Nude Australia. This is a show that was in the making for a long time! I tend to steer towards the more dramatic style of music, but I like to be a bit cheeky as well. My shows are always heavily pole-based as that’s a skill I know I do well. But as my shows have progressed, I think my ability to entertain away from the pole has too. I incorporate a silk attachment to the pole, as well as glow sticks, acrobatics and twerking to create an all-round exciting experience. It’s very important to me that I leave the audience feeling like my show was worth the entry fee alone!
What do you enjoy about performing and competitions?
The best part for me is the creation process. I love thinking of costumes, music, themes and how I can engage an audience with things they may have never seen before. I think it’s important to not take yourself too seriously and have fun, because then the audience will have fun with you. Everyone loves being cheered on by a full house!
When you’re not being the entertainer, what do you like to be entertained by?
I find my fellow showgirls put on the most entertaining shows! I truly love the industry I’m in and I love to enjoy what the other girls produce and bring to the stage. There are so many incredible performers with backgrounds in every area you can imagine. I know girls who were ballerinas, circus performers, aerialists, hula hoop experts and so many more. I find it so exciting.
What’s next for you?
I look forward to travelling this year and making the most of being Miss Nude Australia 2020! There’s places I haven’t been around Australia and I can’t wait to explore. I have been so fortunate to have been given opportunities to be in magazines, which is something I’ve always wanted!
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
When I was getting ready backstage for the competition, I got a text message from my friend who was out in the audience, which said, “The stage is your home and you are showing us around. You are the winner and you are who they came to see.” It honestly calmed my nerves!
Read more about Tia in the next issue of Penthouse's Little Black Book. Follow Tia on Instagram here.
Stay in the loop of the next Miss Nude Australia competition here. Or to check out the venue and sponsor of the event, go to Adelaide's Crazy Horse.