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Miss Universe New Zealand must represent nation brand - Jack

Mar '07
Jack Yan
Jack Yan says the winner of Miss Universe New Zealand must express the 'nation brand' confidently, and will use his position as a judge to maximize the country's chances at Miss Universe 2007 in Mexico City.

Miss Universe New Zealand 2007 will take place at the Langham Hotel in Auckland on March 31, with Lucire its official fashion magazine. Mr Yan is a judge, alongside Hilary Timmins, Megan Alatini, Yvonne Brownlie (of the Look Good Feel Better charity) and Peter Fahey (former MD of YSL Beauté) at the event.

The winner will represent New Zealand at Miss Universe 2007 in Mexico City on May 28.

Mr Yan says that he expects to take a branding approach to selecting the winner. 'She must be able to communicate, symbolize and differentiate our nation. At the end of the day, Miss New Zealand is about exhibiting Kiwi values confidently, and showing that they surpass any that her rivals at Miss Universe have.'

He adds, 'Of course, she must also be stunning. This is a beauty pageant, after all.' Mr Yan's involvement began in mid-January, when he was asked by Miss Universe New Zealand organizer Val Lott to judge the pageant.

In June, Lucire plans to profile the winner of the competition in both its print and online editions. In 2003, Mr Yan had assisted in securing Miss Sweden for its current owner. The pageant, after some controversy from feminist groups, was revamped and returned in 2006. Last year, he met with Miss Universe sponsor, California-based fashion designer Tadashi Shoji and plans Lucire special features with him.

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