Former tomboy in the pink now
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.