Joanna Watkinson Miss Wairarapa
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ntroducing Miss Wairarapa and Top 20 finalist of Miss Universe New Zealand, Joan na Watkinson. After taking out the title of Miss Wairarapa, Joanna has high goals set to become the new Miss Universe New Zealand. The winner of the national beauty pageant will then compete against women all over the world in the annual Miss Universe. Former beauty queen Lorraine Downes was the last Miss New Zealand to win the Miss Universe title back in 1983. Ladies from the Top 20 finalists of Miss Universe New Zealand all hope to be able to represent their country and come home with the title of Miss Universe.
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“It’s not a competition. It’s about having fun, learning new things and making a bunch of amazing friends that I will have for life!”
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So Joanna, tell us a bit about yourself? Well, I grew up in a small town called Carterton. I have a little sister and a lovely family that I love to spend time with. I currently live in Wellington. Okay. What made you enter Miss Wairarapa? I was never a girl who was into make up or anything like that so I hought it would be a good experience and something new. It advertsed teaching us how to public speak and everything too so i thought that was a bonus. Are you into makeup and everything now then? I am still a girl who would prefer to be natural and myself but the pageant world has introduced me to all that kind of stuff. I think its good in moderation. Do you do charity work? Yes! I do lots of it. I am specifically targeting the childenâ€™s charity so any money I raise will go to them. Also people can donate money towards it. Everything helps, its very important to me. Are you enjoying the pageant? I certainly am. I am so glad I went out of my comfort zone and did this. Itâ€™s not a competition. Its about having fun and making a bunch of amazing friends that I will have forever. Joanna Watkinson | Photography by Jaimee Archibald 5/8
What do you do outside of the pageant? I work at the ANZ Branch in Masterton Part time and also I am the manager at 2-degrees. My jobs are very important to me. It’s nice when people treat me like a normal person as it’s crazy being in the public eye all the time! I also spend time at the gym most days. It’s a good place to get away and focus on me. Also keep fit and promote a healthy lifestyle!
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Thank you for letting us Interview you Joanna! It was lovely to meet you and good luck for your finals night! When is that? So finals night for Miss New Zealand is on the 5th October and it will be shown on Juice tv so everyone who didnt get tickets can still watch! Also you can text JOANNA to 5484 to vote for me! If you look on my public facebook page there is also lots of cool things you can be involved in and win for example a years supply of ice cream. Thanks for having me!
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