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.