Mata­mata beauty on world stage

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By NI­COLA STE­WART ni­cola.ste­wart@wrcn.co.nz

A young sta­ble worker from Mata­mata will rep­re­sent New Zealand next month at the Miss Bikini Uni­verse pageant in Tai­wan.

Brooke McNa­mara, 19, won the national ti­tle of Miss Bikini Uni­verse at the Face of Beauty con­test in Pa­pakura last month.

It was just the sec­ond pageant she had en­tered – her first was ear­lier this year when she was crowned Miss Tau­ranga.

‘‘On the day I met so many won­der­ful girls that re­ally helped me out... I have made some amaz­ing friends,’’ she said.

‘‘To me, a beauty pageant is the most fun and the best way to meet peo­ple that you have things in com­mon with.

‘‘ We all strive for the same goals and we are all there to sup­port our char­i­ties.’’

Brooke has cho­sen to sup­port women’s can­cer char­ity Look Good Feel Bet­ter and lo­cal char­ity Alzheimers Waikato.

The Miss Bikini Uni­verse pageant in­cludes evening and national cos­tume sec­tions.

‘‘I’m a lit­tle bit ner­vous but the nerves usu­ally kick in more a cou­ple of days be­fore I have to go.

‘‘I don’t re­ally know what to ex­pect.’’

Con­tes­tants are pro­vided with re­turn air­fares, ac­com­mo­da­tion and meals but Brooke still needs to raise funds for the en­try fees and other costs.

She is host­ing a mas­quer­ade ball at the Mata­mata Club on Au­gust 24 and all pro­ceeds will go to­wards the trip.

Brooke would like to thank The For­mal Shop in Tau­ranga and MJ Hair and Makeup for spon­sor­ing her at the Face of Beauty pageant.

For more in­for­ma­tion or to buy tick­ets to the ball con­tact Brooke through her of­fi­cial Face­book page Miss Bikini Uni­verse NZ.

Photo: FRANCHELLE OUGHTON/PR GIRL

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ions: Mata­mata’s

Brooke McNa­mara (cen­tre) af­ter be­ing crowned

Miss Bikini Uni­verse New Zealand.

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