Motorbike-mad Tauranga model to hit Fashion Week
Tauranga woman Chloe Winton is taking to the catwalk next week at New Zealand Fashion Week in Auckland.
The 18-year-old has been selected to walk in the Miss Kanorau New Zealand show.
She is one of nine finalists chosen this year, along with eight winners from previous years.
Previously known as Miss Asia Pacific International New Zealand, Miss Kanorau was rebranded this year.
Miss Kanorau New Zealand director Maria Siayngco says the new name was chosen to provide a wider platform for women in New Zealand.
Kanorau means “be diverse” in Māori and Miss Kanorau showcases the beautiful diversity of New Zealand women, says Maria.
“We wanted to highlight New Zealand’s uniqueness and provide a more inclusive platform as Miss Kanorau New Zealand.”
Maria says Chloe was chosen as a person who is determined and confident in who she is.
“She has a beautiful heart and is willing to take risks in everything she does to improve her future career.”
Chloe, a former Otumoetai College student, is now studying Real Estate at Toi Ohomai.
She has been modelling for the last few years but this is her first year at NZFW.
“I am super excited for it. It’s a fun and amazing experience where you get to meet really good people and build bonds with them,” says Chloe.
“There are many different factors that you have to do to qualify for Miss Kanorau. I personally wanted to get better at my public speaking.”
Miss Kanorau NZ is partnering with NZFW 2019 Emerging Designer MALLO (Mal-yo) to present beautiful couture designs in a 30 minute show.
Chloe is not sure what she will be wearing yet.
“I’ll get to see it on the day,” says Chloe.
She loves couture and “girly fashions” and is used to walking in heels, although when she is not modelling, you might find her in motorbike boots and leather gear, as she loves riding. She has just sold her own motorbike to upgrade to a car.
Tracey-Maree Houia, Chloe’s model agent from the Talent Tree, says Chloe is an ”amazing young lady” with a huge future ahead of her.
“I was blessed to have met her in 2019 when she competed in the Miss Rotorua pageant when she won the title of Miss Teen Rotorua,” says Tracey-Maree.
“I was impressed by her poise and beauty but also her brilliance as a pianist.”
Chloe then entered Miss Asia Pacific International NZ in 2020 and again her poise and dedication truly was very apparent.
“Chloe won the 1st Runner Up title which has now inspired her to re-enter the pageant that is now known as Miss Kanorau.”
Earlier this year, Chloe modelled in the highly acclaimed Ohomairangi Fashion Show, organised by designer Kharl Wirepa.
The event showcased Māori and Pacific designers from Aotearoa, Samoa, Tonga, Niue, Tahiti, Cook Islands and Hawaii.
It included Tongan designer Tav Pacific, who has dressed Kate Middleton.
New Zealand Fashion week is from August 23 – 29, at Auckland Town Hall.
As part of New Zealand Fashion Weekend, The Miss Kanorau New Zealand featuring designers MALLO and OSER is at 10am, August 28, at Auckland Town Hall.