University of Otago medical student Deborah Lambie, of
Dunedin, looks forward to representing New Zealand at the
World Miss University pageant in Korea next week. Photo by
Before Deborah Lambie starts her fifth year of medical
study at the University of Otago, she will represent New
Zealand at the World Miss University pageant in South Korea.
Miss Lambie (23), of Dunedin, will leave for the annual event
in Seoul next week.
She was contacted by pageant organisers after being named
second runner-up in the Miss Universe New Zealand contest
She sent organisers a CV, photographs and information about
her tertiary studies. Then last month she was told she had
been selected to represent New Zealand.
The pageant was initially to be held late last year, but was
postponed because of typhoons in the Philippines, Miss Lambie
The former Columba College pupil had already completed a
bachelor of medical sciences degree with honours at Otago,
and last year graduated with a masters in entrepreneurship.
She had another two years of medical study, but did not yet
know in which field of medicine she would like to work.
''I really enjoy studying and learning, and hope I find
something I really want to do as I discover more options,''
Miss Lambie expected to do some volunteer work and
participate in charity fashion shows as part of the pageant.
She also hoped to attend a women's leadership forum while in
Korea, before returning to New Zealand at the end of the
World Miss University was organised by the International
Association of University Presidents in 1986.
The international pageant had an average of about 40
contestants each year and was last won in 2012 by Mia
Hasanagic, of Denmark.
The only New Zealander to win the title was Jade Collins in