Tania Dawson crowned Miss Universe New Zealand 2016

Beautiful Tania Dawson was crowned as the winner of Miss Universe New Zealand 2016 contest. With this title, she now has an official right to represent New Zealand in Miss Universe 2016 to be held in Philippines. Tania Dawson hails from Papakura and she battled out 19 other delegates to claim the coveted title Miss Universe New Zealand crown. The finale was held  at the Sky City Theatre in Auckland. She succeeds Samantha McClung as the new Miss Universe New Zealand.

Tania Dawson crowned Miss Universe New Zealand 2016

Meet Miss Universe 2016 Contestants

At the same event, Seresa Lapaz was declared as 1st runner-up, Larissa Allen was declared as the 2nd runner up. Gabrielle Kerdemelidis and Jade Norman completed the Top 5 court. Till date, New Zealand has only 1 Miss Universe winner, i.e. Lorraine Downes who won the crown of Miss Universe in 1983. The last time New Zealand placed into the finals was in 1992 with a Top 10 finish by Lisa Maree de Montalk, since then New Zealand is facing a placement drought in finals.

Chances of Tania Dawson at Miss Universe 2016

Tania Dawson crowned Miss Universe New Zealand 2016

It is interesting to note that Tania Dawson is half Filipino by blood, as her mother is Filipino. So an assumption goes that she might create waves amongst the local public. However, considering the sash factor of New Zealand and poor performance since 25 years in the contest, it would be very difficult that Tania will get placement. Moreover, she needs to transform from her current way of projection. She needs to work out her flaws and channel energy to showcase her strengths. A little work on body and styling will make lot of difference. She definitely has ample time to do that. As of now we find it bit difficult to see her in finale. But we would liked to be proven wrong by Miss Dawson. What do you think about her placement? Can she penetrate in Top 15 of this strong batch of Miss Universe 2016?

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