“If you believe in something, believe it all the way” is a quote that was instilled in me at a young age by my parents. Throughout my life, I have been committed to living a life filled with self-awareness, passion and compassion. After completing my tertiary education in Security studies at Massey University, I’ve been fortunate enough to use my passion, knowledge and skills to have a flourishing career as a Security Officer. It has allowed me to travel around New Zealand, protecting the interest of my country and its citizens. Through this career, I have been fortunate enough to interact with people from all walks of life – to hear people’s stories, opinions and values. Communicating with people has taught me the importance of empathy – understanding people’s feelings and perspectives and using my understanding to respond to a situation appropriately. In June 2021, “Be Uniquely You” was formed. It is a passion project emphasising the importance of self-acceptance and empowerment. As a woman who has experience with body image and mental health issues, it is vital to create a safe space for individuals to share stories and be a place to support and empower each other. I have shared this message and my story on social media and at community events in New Zealand. I believe my time is now to represent New Zealand at the 50th edition of Miss Intercontinental in Egypt. Being part of this prestigious pageant during its golden year is an honour and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I am excited to absorb and enjoy every moment I have exploring new places, and new people and further discovering myself. I would represent a modern Kiwi woman willing to bring kindness, change and empowerment.