28 Apr 2015
A HUGE congratulations goes out to Waiariki’s Te Rua Wallace, a motivated young lady who came second runner up in the Miss World New Zealand event last weekend.
Currently studying her first year of fashion at our Mokoia campus, Te Rua says taking part in the famous beauty pageant has been something she always wanted to do.
“Entering Miss World has being great. It’s opened up a lot of doors and I’m really honoured to have received all the attention and support that I have so far. I’m quite shocked at the amount of people who have supported me and I appreciate it all, I really didn’t expect it.”
With competition gowns created by fellow Waiariki fashion student and now graduated local ‘hot talent’ Kharl William WiRepa, Te Rua truly represented the beauty of the Rotorua area. Maintaining her humble nature and grace both in the actual national showcase, as well as in the lead up to the event which included 4am trips to Auckland for preshow training, and holding a fundraising fashion show here in Rotorua for Oaklynn School - an educational centre for children with special needs.
Feeling that she managed the process well, including under strong media attention from the likes of Te Karere and the Rotorua Daily Post, Te Rua says while it is glamour she showcased on the catwalk, in her studies she is hoping to design clothes for a slightly different market.
“I’m looking at designing high fashion, but not expensive high fashion. Everyday kind of wear, that’s the area I’m looking at.”
“I’ve always had an interest in fashion, been brought up around fashion and my nan was always sowing at home, so it is a family thing I guess,” she reveals about her inspirations. “To others out there looking to do the same, I’d just say ‘Follow your dreams and what you like to do. Don’t let negative people bring you down. If it’s in your heart to do, then just follow it.”
(Photo of event by Alex Tee, official photographer of Miss World New Zealand)
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