Pageants & Purpose

When I first saw the advert to apply for; Miss Rotorua 2017, I got really excited. I knew it was  going to be the event of the year but not only that I knew it was going to open so many doors for our community and teach our women of a different way of life.

The thing I love most about this Pageant is that it so focused on Poise, Elegance, Demure and inner beauty. The whole experience compliments principles I have valued my whole life as a member of the LDS Church and to be able to take part of it is an honour and a half.

 Rotorua will always be my home, the place and town that raised me and I’ve never been afraid to express how proud I am to have been given the opportunity to be raised in a city that knows itself. Anyone who comes to Rotorua will feel the cultural influence of our tangata and I had the privilege of growing up in a city that thrived off of the beauty of its people and their culture. That alone has instilled in me a strong sense of self and identity, I know who I am, I know what I stand for and I value the morals and standards of my religion, being apart of this journey only helps me to grow closer to that identity and have a greater purpose in my life and for the community.

I applied for Miss Rotorua which was completely out of my comfort zone but then I realised that I never ever want to look back and regret passing up this opportunity . So I decided I was going to do it and be 100% committed, give it everything I got and do it with all my heart because I knew the more I put into this the more lessons I will take with me when it ends and I will hold them forever.

The Pageant training stretches over a period of  10 weeks with the final crowning night on September 16th, 2017, that leaves us with 6 weeks untill the end. Trainings take place each Sunday after Church in which I commute every weekend from Auckland to attend. 

The minute I started my journey as a contestant my whole perspective on it changed, I saw myself doing things I wouldn’t normally do but the thought of representing a place that means so much to me is so empowering because you don’t want to let down your people. I’ve only been a contestant for a week but It is really changing parts of my character for the better.

I go to the gym 6x a week, practice a x2 daily skin care regime, I take my multi vitamins and keep my meals strict to high protein, high vegetable diets. I practise Cat walking 10 minutes a day because I have no modelling background and am learning everything from scratch. My next project will be working with my assigned charity which is for Hospice and Im super excited to get behind them and raise funds for their cause which my mother and I have decided to host a wellness retreat for at our home in Rotorua.

All in all I feel so blessed to be apart of this journey with 33 other contestants who are all so beautiful, I have already made so many friends and woman I look up to and who I can learn and grow from, that has been the highlight of my experience so far and just seeing myself change little things I would do in my everyday life.

I’ve had the opportunity to represent my family and my faith once before when I served a mission for my church; The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and now I get represent the place I call home.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Annette Joyce says:

    Best wishes Btonia -you are a truly inspirational young woman who has so much to share.
    Make the most of this new experience.
    I remember you well.


  2. Ellen Ormond says:

    Beautiful on the outside and inside. You are truly inspirational. A tribute to your beautiful parents.


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