North Harbour News : February 26th 2015
YOUR PLACE, YOUR PAPER Friday, February 27, 2015 Beauty beats bullies By ERICA DONALD BEAUTY queen Donna White never expected to win her first pageant. The 21-year-old Albany resident wanted to try something new and decided to give Miss World North Harbour a go. ‘‘I wanted to test my boundaries to see if I could do it,’’ she says. ‘‘I’m a really independent person so it was nice to organise it for myself and show everyone I could.’’ Being crowned the winner came as a big surprise. ‘‘I was up against so many talented girls who had lots of training and had done it before but my hard work paid off.’’ Now White is preparing for Miss World New Zealand in April. ‘‘I don’t want to sound cliche and say I’m nervous, but I am,’’ she says. ‘‘I feel like I’m at the right age to handle that kind of responsibility.’’ White didn’t grow up with the confidence she has now and says she was bullied in early high school. ‘‘It was really hard but I’m proud to be where I am today,’’ she says. ‘‘I’m happy. Everything that pushed me down I have used to make myself stronger and I think that’s what is important. ‘‘It would be so amazing to be a role model for girls who went through the same thing. Stay confident in yourself, that’s the main thing.’’ Her goal is to get one of the five crowns on the night. White and the other Miss World New Zealand contestants are hoping to raise $40,000 to donate to Oaklynn School for students with special needs in New Lynn. Each contestant is doing their own fundraising, with White in the middle of setting up an online donations page. ‘‘Every little bit would count,’’ she says. ‘‘If everyone put in $1 we would make our goal.’’ White is also training every day to get ready for the competition. ‘‘I’m running and working Crowning glory, above: Donna won the first pageant she entered and was crowned Miss World North Harbour. Helping out, left: Donna with her sponsor Bryan Russell from Liquorland Orewa. out, and training mentally too,’’ she says. ‘‘I’m trying to focus fully on my goal.’’ ❚ You can follow Donna’s journey on Facebook. Just search Donna White – Official Miss World NZ Contestant. Staying strong: Donna White says the most important thing is to stay confident in yourself. Photo:ANDREWBIGNALL/INTERNATIONAL HEADSHOTS PHOTOGRAPHER SEE THE WORLD’S BEST IN YOUR BACKYARD AUCKLAND, EDEN PARK Saturday 28 February Saturday 7 March Saturday 14 March Tuesday 24 March Australia v New Zealand South Africa v Pakistan India v Zimbabwe Semi Final* ALLOCATION FULL# * If New Zealand qualifies for a semi-final it will play in Auckland unless they play Australia in which case the team finishing higher in the pools has home advantage. # The current allocation is full. Register at cricketworldcup.com/register to receive updates if more tickets become available. Tickets still available at cricketworldcup.com ADULTS FROM$20, CHILDREN FROM$5* #cwc15 *Tickets subject to availability. Conditions apply. A one-off service/delivery fee per transaction and credit/debit card processing fee applies.
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