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Sunday, April 20, 2008

Miss Universe New Zealand 2008, Samantha Powell

Miss New Zealand 2008 - Samantha Powell

Paraparaumu-born Samantha Powell, 20, representing Horowhenua, is the newly crowned Miss Universe New Zealand 2008 in a ceremony at the Novotel Ellerslie, near Auckland City.
Hannah Matthews of Auckland, Miss Masport, is runner-up, followed by Rhonda Grant, Miss TR Designs of Palmerston North.
Miss Powell says, ‘It’s a real privilege and I’ll do this country proud.’
She is a team leader at ASB Bank Wellington and returns to the capital for work “as normal” right after the pageant.
An auction to benefit Look Good Feel Better, the charity which helps women with cancer, raised $3,000 at the function.
Jack Yan, publisher of Lucire, who judged alongside Look Good Feel Better general manager Yvonne Brownlie, interior designer May Davis, and fashion designers Minh Ta and Patrick Steel, says this year’s judging was far tougher than 2007’s.
‘We spent six hours on interviews in 2007. We spent the same amount of time this year with fewer contestants,’ he says.
‘We really had to get in to what makes these young women tick.’
The judges found it was harder to pick a winner as the majority were ‘cosmopolitan and globally minded,’ says Mr Yan.
Sylvia Laurenson (Miss Bettjemans) and Rebecca Connor (Miss Establishment Bar Wellington) rounded off the top five.
Last year’s winner, Laural Barrett, performed a song at the event, as did singing duo Anthony & Edward.
Miss Powell represents New Zealand at Miss Universe at Nha Trang, Vietnam, on June 17.

source: lucire.com, stuff.co.nz

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

YOUNG!...SHE WILL MAKE IT TO THE TOP 15!

Anonymous said...

MY TOP 3, 5, 10 & 15 LIST

WINNER IS BETWEEN MEXICO & CROATIA

1. MEXICO 21 YRS. 183CM
2. CROATIA 24 YRS. 175CM
3. SPAIN 22 YRS. 180CM

4. AUSTRALIA 21 YRS. 180CM
5. VENEZUELA 22YRS. 178CM

6. PUERTO RICO 24 YRS. 175CM
7. BRAZIL 22 YRS. 180CM
8. CZECH REPUBLIC 18 YRS. 175CM
9. MONTENEGRO 19 YRS. 178CM
10. PERU 18 YRS. 183CM

11. BELGIUM 21 YRS. 175CM
12. NEW ZEALAND 21 YRS. 178CM
13. SOUTH AFRICA 23 YRS. 175CM
14. COLOMBIA 20 YRS. 175CM
15. USA 26 YRS. 175CM


I WOUDLNT BE SUPRISE TO SEE IN THE TOP 15
ALTHOUGH NON-DESERVED

INDIA 22 YRS. 175CM
JAPAN 21 YRS. 172CM
VIET NAM 20 YRS. 172CM

MY RANKS WILL CHANGE AS WE SEE MORE
OF EACH CONTESTANT.

Anonymous said...

Hey sammy.

All the best, im sure ull be fine :D

Anonymous said...

This is an interesting story about Miss New Zealand Universe

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/section/1/story.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10521151

Jack Yan said...

That Herald story reads like tabloid journalism. Here are: some context to it, the response from the pageant and some info on how the journalist got even the basic facts wrong.

Anonymous said...

Jack Yan really needs to shut up around here in NZ... we are all sick and tired of him defending the hand picked girls that come out of Universe. Everyone is realising that its a waste of our time to enter that pageant.