Rosie’s universe

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Stunner needs help to stroll world stage.

A Queenstown-based beauty has been picked to take part in the Miss Universe New Zealand comp-
etition – but she needs your help.

Rosie de Malmanche, 21, will do battle with 11 other girls at the weeklong national finals starting in Levin on April 19.

But in order to get there, she first needs to raise about $3000 worth of sponsorship from Queenstown businesses.

“I won’t be entering just for the experience, I intend to try and win,” she says.

“It would be great to get support from people in Queenstown as it costs quite a bit for the likes of travel and accommodation and I have to raise the money myself,” she says.

The Miss Universe contest is owned and run by American tycoon Donald Trump, who calls it “the search for the most beautiful woman in the world”.

If De Malmanche triumphs next month, she’ll go on to represent NZ at the grand final in the Bahamas in August – in front of a TV audience of hundreds of millions watching from 125 different countries.

“That’s what I’m aiming at,” she says. “It’ll be nerve-wracking, but I’ll be giving it my very best shot.”

The stunning part-time model has just started working as a guide at High Country Horses in Glenorchy.

She eventually wants to become a vet and is taking time out from courses in animal science and equine studies at Palmerston North’s Massey University.

At the Miss Universe heats next month, De Malmanche will parade in swimwear, designer fashion clothes and glamorous evening­wear.

But she’s no stranger to the catwalk and is on the books of Queenstown model and talent agency Ican.

And Ican boss Tracy Cameron knows a thing or two about the Miss Universe pageant – she finished sixth in the same contest at Christchurch Town Hall in 1987.

“I wish Rosie all the best as the competition is a great experience and she’ll learn a lot,” Cameron says. “My advice to her is to listen, relax and have fun.”