Miss Universe New Zealand Otago 2014 winner Becky Hingston
yesterday. Photo by Gerard O'Brien.
A self-confessed ''tomboy'' was in shock yesterday after
winning Otago's premier beauty pageant.
Becky Hingston was crowned Miss Universe New Zealand Otago
2014 at the grand final in the Otago Boys' High School
auditorium on Saturday.
''I'm still overwhelmed,'' the 24-year-old zoology and marine
biology student said yesterday.
''I didn't expect it in a million years. It's the first
modelling I've ever done. [Regional director] Donna
[Dobbinson] found me in the street and asked me to enter.
''I started out as a tomboy and have ended up as a fashion
queen. I don't know what my future holds any more.''
The first runner-up was Paige Hellier (21) and second
runner-up was Sheree Anderson (25).
Miss Hingston (24) also won the Miss Swimwear, Miss
Congeniality and Miss Charity events.
Taylor Smith (19) won the Miss Photogenic title and Miss
Hellier the Miss Evening Gown category.
All 19 contestants were winners, regional director Donna
Dobbinson said yesterday.
''There's a huge amount of confidence and talent gained by
the contestants. They emerge from this as amazing, strong
It will be the final Miss Universe contest for Mrs Dobbinson,
who has run the Otago pageant since 2011.
''I'll be walking away from the Miss Universe New Zealand
brand after this, to take over the national directorship of
Miss Earth New Zealand,'' she said.
Last week, Miss Universe New Zealand threatened to break
links with the Otago competition after a swimwear competition
was held in Dunedin that executive director Nigel Godfrey
said breached Miss Universe rules.
The Miss Universe New Zealand grand final will be held in
Auckland on September 18.