“My self confidence didn’t come easy and no, I didn’t always have it!
I always wanted to be a model. From when I was around 14 years old I looked up to the likes of Elle MacPherson, Cindy Crawford and Rachel Hunter. Well if that doesn’t show my age, haha!
Back then I was told I was too short – I didn’t have the right look, etc…
If I knew then what I know now I would have said to myself: ‘your time is coming: it will be a long wait but it will be worth it!’
Fast forward twenty four years and here I am: I have had paid modelling career! Who would have thought?
I am so grateful everyday that i didn’t listen to those people and kept believing in the voice within me that said: ‘now, it’s your turn!’“
The tattoo (Tā moko) on my left shoulder, gives me the strength to stand tall and take pride in what I do. With my family on my chest and my iwi Tainui, I will make my mark here in this universe and be sure to make my presence well known.”
Iwi are the largest social units in Aotearoa Māori society. The Māori-language word iwi means “people” or “nation” and is often translated as “tribe” or “a confederation of tribes”.