Miss Wellington's big secret

PAUL EASTON
Last updated 16:36 13/05/2012
Lauren Mann
CHRIS SKELTON

Miss Wellington Lauren Mann has written a children's book and hopes to get it published.

Lauren Mann
Lauren Mann models the Isobra created by Janice Elliott in the 2008 Montana World of WearableArt Awards.

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A week that began with Lauren Mann losing her grandfather has ended with the 23-year-old winning the Miss Wellington title.

She had kept her appearance in the final on Saturday night a secret from her family, concerned they had already had a stressful week.

"They knew I was in the competition, but not when the final was on. So I got home and I was like 'I just won Miss Wellington'.

"Everyone was really excited, but then my mum got kind of mad because I hadn't told her."

Miss Mann's grandfather, retired army Colonel Owen Mann died on Sunday.

His funeral was held on Thursday.

"It was expected, but it was still hard. I'm the only girl in the family, so we were very close."

Ms Mann said she was thrilled to win and looking forward to the Miss New Zealand competition.

Held at Wellington's Old St Paul's church, the Miss Wellington final did not feature a swimwear competition.

"To be honest it was quite good not to have it. I guess it took a bit of stress out of the evening."

A performer with the World of WearableArt, Miss Mann recently helped take the show to Hong Kong.

"It was awesome. I've been with the show for seven years, so they're all really good friends."

Miss Mann has literary ambitions in the future.

She has written a children's book and has signed up an agent to get it published.

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- The Dominion Post

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