Hayley hoping for crowning glory
Miss Manawatu takes on Miss Universe NZJONO GALUSZKA
A Manawatu woman hopes months of work, a trip to Southeast Asia and making salads judged by people from MasterChef will end this week with the title of Miss Universe New Zealand.
Hayley Robinson has spent the past few months working towards Saturday night's live television finale, which will see 20 women compete for the title of Miss Universe New Zealand.
The 20-year-old said the competition had involved fundraising for charities and taking part in various competitions, which were based mainly around sponsor products.
"Today we had to make a salad for a sponsor, and it was judged by the judges from MasterChef."
The highlight of the competition so far had been a trip to Thailand last week, where they were treated like celebrities, she said.
"The people there were so welcoming, warm and we were treated like famous people.
"We would stop to get photos, then about 50 Thai people would stop to take pictures of us.
"We could hardly walk from shop to shop without people coming up to us asking for photos."
The 2012 winner of Miss Manawatu and Manfeild's Miss Grand Prix said the lead-up to Saturday's show had made her nervous.
"We're doing a dance number and I'm front and centre." She didn't want to fall over on live television.
The pageant experience had helped her build confidence, improve self-esteem and make new friends, she said.
"The group of girls are really lovely. Nobody here is a bimbo - there's a doctor, a teacher and people doing a range of things."
She is applying for police college.
The Miss Universe New Zealand final will be broadcast on Juice TV at 7.30pm on Saturday.
The winner is decided by judges and a public vote. For more information on how to vote see facebook.com/MissUniverseNZ.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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