For­mer tomboy in the pink now

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

Dresses, makeup and the colour pink were the last things Sophie Robin­son would have pic­tured her­self in as a gum­boot- loving child.

But times have changed for the Miss World Waikato con­tes­tant.

Robin­son , 19, was the epit­ome of beauty on Satur­day when she mod­elled a bikini, evening wear and a na­tional cos­tume in the de­sign of a pavlova.

One would think sport­ing all things girly would come nat­u­rally to the Ti­rau woman, the youngest of four girls.

But en­ter­ing a beauty pageant was the last thing her fam­ily ex­pected from the for­mer ‘‘tomboy’’.

‘‘The first time she wore pink it was to­tal tor­ture for her,’’ mother Cas­san­dra Robin­son said.

Sophie said she was con­vinced she would never wear a dress. The judges got a glimpse of her boy­ish past when she played the drums as her tal­ent.

Ever since she de­cided she en­joyed ‘‘be­ing a girl’’, she had taken on var­i­ous mod­el­ling roles.

But Robin­son said en­ter­ing the pageant was never on her to-do list un­til she met last year’s win­ner.

‘‘I just saw it on Face­book and thought I’d give it a go.’’

The Waikato Univer­sity stu­dent won Miss Friend­ship, Best in Pro­duc­tion Num­ber and Beauty with a pur­pose after rais­ing the most for her cho­sen char­ity. Robin­son said she raised about $900 for the New Zealand Breast Can­cer Foun­da­tion.

Nat­u­ral beauty: Sophie Robin­son gains con­fi­dence and good friends en­ter­ing the Miss World Waikato pageant.

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