An­jini Lata

Lata

mailife - - Contents - By JEMMA BOW­MAN Pho­tos SUP­PLIED

An­jini Lata, win­ner of Ms Earth 2017 Peo­ple’s Choice, is a real es­tate pro­fes­sional born in Fiji and cur­rently work­ing in Auck­land, New Zealand. Her life is ded­i­cated to her pas­sion for char­ity and be­ing a mother. Tak­ing the ti­tles of Mrs New Zealand and Mrs Char­ity in the Mrs In­dia New Zealand con­test are some of her other achieve­ments, along with the Mrs Com­mu­nity Ser­vice given for her out­stand­ing per­for­mance in char­i­ta­ble work and for be­ing an in­spi­ra­tion for other women. Ac­cord­ing to Lata, the most im­por­tant thing on Earth is help­ing other peo­ple, which she so ably demon­strates. As a board mem­ber of Life In­ter­na­tional Char­ity Trust, she helps se­nior cit­i­zens to en­joy their life and be a part of so­ci­ety. She also helps in­ter­na­tional stu­dents to set­tle and works with of­fi­cials for the health and safety of chil­dren. Lata man­ages to find time to get in­volved in sev­eral char­i­ties that help give em­pow­er­ment back to women who have lost their hus­bands. It is amaz­ing how she finds time to re­lax and squeeze in spa­ces for her­self. Her ca­reer in real es­tate al­lows her to be her own boss, which is how she man­ages to squeeze in other ac­tiv­i­ties to live life to the full. Born in Vat­u­laulau, Ba she was the youngest of two chil­dren. Her char­ity work was learnt through her fam­ily, help­ing others was a value taught through­out her life. She loves serv­ing peo­ple in need and putting a smile on other peo­ple’s faces. As a proud sin­gle mother of 17 year old Im­manuel, she said her son had al­ways sup­ported her in ev­ery­thing, as well as her col­leagues and friends. When many peo­ple had doubts about her achieve­ments she worked hard to prove them wrong. Lata still vis­its her fam­ily at least once a year and thanks them for her suc­cess, par­tic­u­larly the women in her fam­ily for be­ing her in­spi­ra­tion. One of her goals was to prove that women can do much more than what peo­ple think. One of her pas­sions is care of the en­vi­ron­ment. Ms and Mrs Earth is an eco-aware pageant to raise aware­ness about our planet and the en­vi­ron­ment. Lata’s in­volve­ment was the first time Fiji had been placed in such an in­ter­na­tional pageant. Ms Earth said that Fiji got be­hind her and had showed great sup­port, which was re­ally ex­cit­ing. As Ma­hatma Gandhi once said “the best way to find your­self is to lose your­self in the ser­vice of others” – Lata’s favourite quote. God is im­por­tant in her life and she be­lieves He plays an in­te­gral part in it, help­ing her in times of strug­gle -- there­fore she tries to do the same for other’s in God’s will. When not work­ing hard and help­ing others, she loves to travel. She has vis­ited Thai­land, USA, Aus­tralia and Malaysia. Next up on her list is to visit In­dia, which re­minds her of an­ces­tors and ori­gin. An­other place she is keen to go is

Por­tu­gal, be­cause of the cul­ture and cui­sine. Turkey is on the list, to see their beau­ti­ful mosques, ma­jes­tic cas­tles and nat­u­ral won­ders. One of Lata’s most im­por­tant mes­sages is that age is just a num­ber. If some­one wants their dreams to come true they don’t have to be a size 8 or have lots of Bo­tox and be a su­per­model to achieve it. She said many women do not have the same op­por­tu­ni­ties and ex­pe­ri­ences as in some coun­tries. She was for­tu­nate to have the op­por­tu­nity to go to Las Ve­gas where she met some in­spi­ra­tional women from all over the world who helped change her life. She has re­turned home even more in­spired to share her jour­ney and tell more peo­ple about her char­ity work. Lata said she be­lieves that by be­ing a role model who is not a fash­ion model is pos­i­tive. She is proud of her curves and as Peo­ple’s Choice win­ner 2017 she is chang­ing per­cep­tions of pageants by cham­pi­oning women of all shapes, sizes and ages. Her main mis­sion is to en­cour­age women of all back­grounds to be of ser­vice to their com­mu­ni­ties re­gard­less of their shape, size or race.

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