Meet Miss Universe New Zealand 2013 Hopefuls

The Miss Universe New Zealand 2013 final gala will be held in Auckland on October 5, 2013. 20 finalists will be vying for the title. Reigning Miss Universe New Zealand 2012 Talia Bennett will crown her successor at the end of the event. The winner will represent New Zealand in the upcoming Miss Universe 2013 pageant, scheduled for November 9, 2013 at the Crocus City Hall in Moscow, Russia.

>>> Holly Michelle Cassidy Crowned Miss Universe New Zealand 2013

Miss Universe New Zealand 2013 Finalists at The Sukosol Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand during the 8-day-retreat tour here.

Miss Universe New Zealand 2013 Finalists at The Sukosol Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand during the 8-day-retreat tour here.

This year, the Miss Universe New Zealand competition follows a brand-new format, with regional finals held up and down the country, with television cameras following various stages.

Upon registration, the organizers will announce which girls in each region are going through to the regional finals. These events will be held in the main centres and each successful regional finalist will enjoy two days of competition where they will work with professionals in the areas of modelling, TV presentation, make-up and other related areas.

Television cameras will follow every part of the process and as with The X Factor, New Zealand’s Got Talent and Idol, the New Zealand public will have a say in who is going to be Miss Universe New Zealand 2013.

Upon completion, the top 20 finalists from around the country will be selected to compete in the Miss Universe New Zealand 2013 final gala in Auckland. The winner of Miss Universe New Zealand 2013 will get further training and preparation, and head on to the international Miss Universe competition.

Meet the 20 Miss Universe New Zealand 2013 Finalists:
Name: Stephie Joustra
Age: 21
From: Auckland
Occupation: PR and Marketing Manger for Natalie Chan

Name: Anna-Lisa Christiane
Age: 18
From: Wellington
Occupation: Retail Manager

Name: Deborah Lambie
Age: 22
From: Dunedin
Occupation: Medical Student at University of Otago

Name: Dominique Wisniewski
Age: 22
From: Auckland
Occupation: Bachelor of Communication student at Massey Auckland. Nanny and Makeup Artist.

Name: Elizabeth
Age: 18
From: Auckland
Occupation: Customer Service

Name: Emily Coates
Age: 21
From: Christchurch
Occupation: Real Estate Agent

Name: Hayley Robinson
Age: 20
From: Palmerston North
Occupation: Early Childhood Teacher

Name: Henali Patel
Age: 19
From: Dunedin
Occupation: Law and Psychology student at University of Otago

Name: Holly Michelle Cassidy
Age: 22
From: Auckland
Occupation: Admin Manager and IT Support for Barfoot & Thompson

Name: Joanna Watkinson
Age: 19
From: Wairarapa
Occupation: 2 Degrees Store Manager

Name: Kelsey Odell
Age: 19
From: Wellington
Occupation: Operational Support Officer for NZ Qualifications Authority

Name: Kristie Leonard
Age: 23
From: South Otago
Occupation: Teacher

Name: Kylee Tan
Age: 23
From: Tauranga
Occupation: Pre-school Teacher

Name: Laura Wong
Age: 21
From: Auckland
Occupation: University of Auckland student studying quadruple majors in Commercial Law, Marketing, English and Artv History.

Name: Mariah Te Whana
Age: 20
From: Auckland
Occupation: Model, Beauty Therapist and Retail Assistant.

Name: Minnie-May Niha
Age: 18
From: Auckland
Occupation: Bachelor of Business student

Name: Neekita Naidu
Age: 24
From: Auckland
Occupation: Wholesale Travel Consultant

Name: Priscilla Jane
Age: 19
From: Northland
Occupation: Dance Student and Assistant Dance Teacher

Name: Rachel Maree Millns
Age: 22
From: Wellington
Occupation: Beauty Therapist

Name: Sophie Leigh
Age: 22
From: Auckland
Occupation: Retail Manager

After no representatives were sent to Miss Universe in 2004 and 2005, a new national pageant, Miss Universe New Zealand, was created in 2006, the Miss New Zealand Consortium Ltd.

New Zealanders have contested 44 Miss Universe pageants since its inception in 1952 and is one of 33 countries to win the title.

New Zealand’s most successful entrant came in 1983 when Lorraine Downes won the Miss Universe title. The country’s only other top five placing came when Delyse Nottle was second runner-up to Shawn Weatherly in 1980. New Zealand has also had three semi-finalist placings, in 1962, 1981 and 1992.

New Zealand is one of only 12 countries to win two or more Miss Photogenic awards, won by Carole Robinson (1969) and Delyse Nottle (1980).

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