Ka whakakanohi a Jess Tyson o Te Ati Haunui a Paparangi i a Aoteroa ki te whakaaturanga Miss International pageant, e kainamu mai nei ki Tokyo.
Ehara a Tyson i te tauhou ki nga whakaturanga waiwaiā, tekau nga whakaaturanga neke atu, kua oti i aia i roto i nga waru tau, ā, kua rite ano ia ki te haere, engari he tirohanga rerekē tōna.
“Now that I know where I'm from and now that I know my Māori culture, going there I'm going to feel like, I have another side of me that I can show. And it's really important to show how diverse you are. Going over there wearing my Māori kākahu from my designers, being able to speak the reo is going to be a really great asset.”
No te marama o Hune ka whakawhiwhia ki a ia te taitara tuarua o te whakaaturanga wahine ātaahua o te ao ki Aotearoa. Inaianei ka whai waahi atu ia ki te whakataetae o te Ao i Tokyo ki te taha o nga kaiwhakataetae whitu tekau neke atu.
“When we go over to Tokyo we go to a women's conference, where we're going to be meeting female leaders to talk about women equality within the world, and hopefully I get to speak on behalf of Aotearoa.”
He kaiwhakapāho, kua whiwhi i tana Paetohu mo nga mahi pāpāho. E ai ki a Jess, he hohonu ake te waiwaiātanga i te kiri.
“Beauty to me is about being or doing beautiful things for people. And being a part of Miss World has really taught me, how important that really is, because we did things like visit Ronald McDonald House and visit the children there, and we were able to offer our help.”
Ka tū te whakataetae nei ā te rua tekau mā whitu ki te Hōro Kōpuku o Tokyo. Pai tū pai hinga, e minamina ana a Jess ki te whai i te ara hei kairipoata Māori.