After three days of competition a mother of three took home the title of Samsung Miss V8, all the way back to Ohakune.
Shelley Nicholson, 24, defied the odds to beat 31 other women to win the competition.
And she could hardly express her joy as she came off stage.
"Yeah baby!" she shouted.
Not only was she a brunette in a sea of blondes but she also suffered some nasty burns on her legs after posing provocatively on a Harley-Davidson on Friday.
"That's what happens when you try to look sexy on a motorbike," she said.
After travelling the three hours to get to Hamilton with partner Cody Grey, she said she had come too far not to win. The competitors only found out the judging criteria yesterday morning, a couple of hours before their final strut down the catwalk outside Waikato Stadium. They were marked on stage presence, their walk, personality and, of course, how they looked in the little blue dress.
But it was not the precarious high-heeled walk that Ms Nicholson was most nervous about.
"Answering the questions is the scariest bit," she said.
But she impressed the packed crowd with her quick-witted responses.
"What is your favourite position ... on the netball court?" she was asked.
"Centre, because you can do a bit of everything," she replied. Touche.
Ms Nicholson said she had done one swimsuit contest but had very limited experience on the beauty pageant scene.
"There's definitely more on the cards now – it's a real confidence booster," she said.
One of the biggest shocks of the day was that an Ashley did not make the final six as there were four of them in the field. Chelsea Shine, 20, from Waiuku, took out second place and Charlie Wilson, 18, from Taupo, third.
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