Break­ing the cliche

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By ES­THER LAUAKI

Han­nah Hal­lom-Eames was once skep­ti­cal about beauty con­tests but now be­lieves in pageant power and is de­ter­mined to de­feat the cliche´ s and stereo­types.

Ms Hal­lom-Eames at­tended her lat­est photo-shoot with Mar­vel Me­dia last week and has been rid­ing a wave of mod­el­ling of­fers and pub­lic­ity op­por­tu­ni­ties since she en­tered Miss Welling­ton ear­lier this year.

The 19-year-old, from Pare­mata, had never given beauty pageants much thought un­til her mum made her an of­fer she could not refuse.

‘‘My Mum came to me and said I should do the Miss Welling­ton pageant. Straight away I said ‘there’s no way I’m gonna be judged on just ap­pear­ance, I’m not do­ing it’. Mum was like, ‘I’ll give you a hun­dred bucks if you do it’ . . . it was a done deal.’’

She took home the ti­tle for Miss Pho­to­genic and a prize which in­cluded a three-month mem­ber­ship with tal­ent agency Star Now and a photo-shoot with some top Welling­ton pho­tog­ra­phers.

Ms Hal­lom-Eames, who is study­ing fine arts at Massey Uni­ver­sity, said she ap­pre­ci­ates mod­el­ling be­cause it gives her a dif­fer­ent way to ex­press her­self. Cat-fights, hair­spray and in­sipid Q& As on ‘‘ world peace’’ was all she knew of pageants from what she had seen in movies like ge­nial­ity, she said.

‘‘It was amaz­ing. We met so many dif­fer­ent peo­ple and you learn how to present your­self nicely. It wasn’t at all cliche´ . [The or­gan­is­ers are] re­ally con­scious of pageants be­ing like you see in the movies, catty and shal­low . . . they try hard to break that stereo­type.

‘‘ My pub­lic speak­ing has re­ally im­proved by do­ing it, my con­fi­dence has grown.

‘‘It’s been a re­ally pos­i­tive ex­pe­ri­ence, not at all what I thought. It was ac­tu­ally re­ally cool,’’ she said.

‘‘I would en­cour­age younger girls to en­ter things like Miss Teen Welling­ton. If you’re ever asked to do it, just do it be­cause it’s re­ally good for your con­fi­dence. Be­ing 14 or 15 is a re­ally hard age and be­ing in pageants does so much for your pub­lic speak­ing and self-es­teem.’’

Miss Con-

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