Miss Universe competitor aims to inspire, redefine beauty | Stuff.co.nz
June 8, 2017 - miss universe
New Zealand Miss Universe semi-finalist Harlem-Cruz Atarangi Ihaia, 19.
The elite boots of Hawke’s Bay’s Miss Universe semi-finalist are gumboots, but she is donning a span of heels this Aug to enthuse others.
Last month Harlem-Cruz Atarangi Ihaia, 19, was named as a semi-finalist. She wants to use the Miss Universe height to turn a purpose model.
She was lifted in Napier and attended Te Kura Kaupapa Maori O Te Ara Hou, this year she graduated from a Eastern Institute of Technology (EIT) with a Bachelor of Arts in Maori and works as a kohanga reo teacher.
“I unequivocally adore it,” she said. “I have a genuine passion for nurturing kids and gripping a enlightenment alive.”
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Although she enjoyed teaching, her career idea was to turn a television presenter or actress.
She assimilated a foe after saying an advertisement on a talent scouting website, afterwards in April she was one of 50 women comparison for a Miss Universe training event, Stiletto Camp.
This organisation was comparison from some-more than 200 field and she is now one of 20 semi-finalists.
Ihaia wanted to mangle the stereotypes around young Maori women.
“Before we entered we had a design in my conduct of what Miss Universe looked like.”
Ihaia pronounced a pageant was really opposite to what she approaching and described the semi-finalists as tough operative women, full of integrity.
“A lot of a girls aren’t super high or distance six, they are only genuine girls.”
“They are so pleasing inside and out and we consider we are going to enthuse a lot of other girls.”
She wanted other immature Maori women to see her and think: “If she can do it, so can I”.
Before a stay she considered pulling out since she had to wear a bikini and heels, fearing her earthy “flaws” would be on show.
But meaningful others would see pushed her forward, anticipating it would make them confident adequate to overcome their possess insecurities.
She also pronounced a Miss Universe foe had been inclusive and enabled her to move her enlightenment into a experience.
“They have authorised me to be me.”
Up subsequent is an entrepreneur challenge, where contestants were tasked with lifting income for Variety children’s charity.
She has organized a celebration during Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Te Ara Hou on Jul 1, along with a grave dinner, sausage sizzles and mufti days during opposite schools.
The semi-finalists will head to an overseas shelter in July, followed by a finale in Aug during Auckland’s Sky City.
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