Miss Wellington third in Miss Universe NZ

Photos: Miss Universe NZ Competition 2012

TIM DONOGHUE
Last updated 09:44 04/06/2012
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Miss Wellington, Lauren Mann finalist in Miss Universe New Zealand.

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Miss Howick Avianca Bohm, the newly-crowned Miss Universe New Zealand 2012, is a relaxed person.

She proved this yesterday afternoon when, Amidst the hustle and the bustle of preparation, Miss Bohm lay on a couch and trawled  the internet on her iphone.

She was crowned by Wellington's Priyani Puketapu who took out the title last year.

Chief Judge Jack Yan said each contestant brought a unique set of qualities to the competition.

"They each excelled in different areas, but Avianca had that je ne sais quoi.

"It might be described as her natural effortlessness, where nothing seemed to faze her. Avianca is best equipped to handle the international setting of Miss Universe and that helped put her into the top place," Mr Yan said.

Miss Bohm, 22, recently graduated with a fashion degree.

She works as a brand ambassador and is a part-time model. Her interests include fashion design, sports, and reading. Her ambition is to become a chartered accountant.

In second position was Miss North Harbour Talia Bennett and in third position was Miss Wellington, Lauren Mann.

Miss Mann, 23, holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing and International Business from Victoria University.

She is also a part-time model and recently travelled with the World of WearableArts show to Hong Kong.

She is also a former waterpolo player for Wellington's Maranui Club.

In fourth position was Miss Auckland, Jennifer Lambly, 22, who is in her second year of a social science degree.

Her interests include fashion, music, fitness and travel and she has been involved in aid work in South America.

Her ambition is to continue this involvement, combined with working with troubled youth in New Zealand.

Miss Otago Monique Cooley, finished fifth. The 22-year-old is a beauty therapist.

Her interests include painting, fashion, skiing, fitness and nutrition. Miss Cooley hopes to speak fluent Japanese one day, a subject she enjoyed at school.

The judging panel contained three Wellingtonians: Lucire publisher Jack Yan (chairman), stylist and fashion editor Samantha Hannah, Salute Hair & Day Spa director Carl Manderson, as well as Aucklanders May Davis and Danijela Unkovich.

Davis and Unkovich were respectively former runners-up in Miss South Africa and Miss New Zealand competitions.

Miss Bohm will represent New Zealand at the 2012 Miss Universe competition in the United States later this year.

Pageant owner Donald Trump has not yet decided on the venue for the international competition.

Soprano Sophie Morris performed at last night's show at the Amora Hotel.

Miss Universe New Zealand national director Val Lott said she was "thrilled to be working with Avianca and preparing her for the Miss Universe competition later this year, where she will represent New Zealand against nearly 90 countries".

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