Nervous walk down runway for contestants
Sky-high stilettos have set a tall order for the new Miss Manawatu beauty pageant contestants.
Twenty-two Miss Manawatu and 17 Miss Teen Manawatu contestants dressed to the nines were introduced and given their promotional sash at a cocktail evening last night.
The runway event, in the Silks Lounge at the Awapuni Racecourse, was judged and nerves were high among the teens.
Pageant director Kate Balfour said she was proud of all the girls for performing their best.
"It's fantastic to see how well they have grown over the past six weeks," she said.
"There are a lot of nerves but they have all done very well. "For some it would be very difficult but for others it would be a bit easier - the teens always pull it together."
Mrs Balfour said the current Miss Manawatu and Miss Teen Manawatu were gracious about having to pass their crowns on.
"They feel it's time to pass the crowns over and they look forward to it but at the same time it's a bit sad for them," she said.
Mrs Balfour said the contestants faced a busy two weeks leading into the crowning event.
Miss Manawatu 2012 Hayley Robinson said all of the contestants were beautiful in their dresses with their hair and makeup finished.
"I really wish them the best and to have fun with it because the time will go really fast," she said. The crowning event for Miss Manawatu and Miss Teen Manawatu will be held at the Regent on July 13.