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Trina Hopes To Inspire Indigenous To Model

  Trina Christina Tanga wants to inspire indigenous people to model. “I wanted to be able to inspire indigenous Pacific and Kiwi people that they have the same opportunities that
06 Jan 2017 11:00
Trina Hopes To Inspire Indigenous To Model
From left:Zara Begg,Najma Ali, Marissa Van Moolenbrock,Emily Perhins,Eternity Burr,Siqi Yin to compete at the Supermodel South Pacific Regional Finals at the Pearl Resort yesterday.Photo:Vilimoni Vaganalau.

 

Trina Christina Tanga wants to inspire indigenous people to model.

“I wanted to be able to inspire indigenous Pacific and Kiwi people that they have the same opportunities that I have and they can compete too.

“It is all about your inner beauty and that is really what I want to showcase,” the 29-year-old said.

Ms Tanga currently works at New Zealand’s Ministry for Social Development in Auckland.

She helps those in financial problems and provides them financial assistance.

She is currently one of the contestants of the World Supermodel South Pacific Competition. The finals will be held at the Pearl Resort at Pacific Harbour.

“The pageant gives you so much confidence and a lot of opportunities to travel around the world and I am loving it,” she said.

Among the challenges that Ms Tanga faced was the task of finding sponsors.

“A few of my community closed their doors on me and were not able to help me so that has made me more resilient and made me more aware that there are people out there who can help you. You just have to look really hard,” she said.

“Fiji is really hot! It is really laid back and it reminds me a lot of my homeland the Cook Islands,” she said.

Her journey in the competition started when she was approached by an agency in Sydney while she was doing a runway show.

She said that was where she was scouted and asked to compete.

“It is exciting. It has come all of a sudden and I am excited to be here,” she said.

She started modelling when she was approached in 2011.

“I did that for a while but I focused on my career and put that on hold,” she said.

“It is only now that I have time for modelling which has only been a year.

“This has always been something that I wanted to do, but I never expected it to be in Fiji.”

She made the decision to join the competition because she wanted to represent her country, New Zealand.

“If you really truly believe in something, you can do it.

“You have to knock on every door and find people who believe in you,” she said.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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