Young model makes global contest finals

"They think it's really cool."

HELEN HARVEY
Last updated 05:00 07/07/2014
Jaylani Turner
PARIS DATE: Jaylani Turner, 12, is off to Europe to compete in an international pageant.

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Jaylani Turner has been brushing up on her Te Reo for when she competes in the Face of the Globe pageant in Paris later this year.

The 12-year-old will compete against 11 other girls from around the world at the international pageant in October. As part of the event, Jaylani will dance as her "talent" and will also give a short speech.

She was the first model on the books of new New Plymouth agency EnVogue Model Management and owner Julie Dickens went looking for a pageant for Jaylani to enter. She found the Face of the Globe online.

Dickens will go with Jaylani to London and Paris, because Jaylani's mother, Cindy Turner, has work commitments at home in New Plymouth.

Twelve wasn't too young to be given this opportunity, Dickens said. It would help Jaylani with her confidence, to learn grooming and learn how to speak in public.

Jaylani, in year 7 at Highlands Intermediate, said she liked modelling because she got to wear fancy dresses and be all "dolled up".

She gave a speech at her school assembly last week to tell her school mates about being a finalist in Face of the Globe. "They think it's really cool."

Her mother said Jaylani was required to wear a beautiful dress to a masquerade ball during the competition and Taranaki designer Liah Roebuck had offered to design it for for free.

They had to raise about $10,000 to get Jaylani and Dickens to Europe and were looking for sponors.

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- Taranaki Daily News

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