She has a definition embraced by pageant queens the world over: “Beauty with a purpose.”
The Sydney-based model, who won the Miss Cook Islands Pageant Association in 2017, represented the country in a number of international events, including Miss Asia Pacific International in 2017 and Miss Pacific Islands last year.
She won Best Talent and Miss Photogenic and received high distinction awards for her efforts in the Asia Pacific event in the Philippines. In the Miss Pacific Islands in Tonga, Simonis-Tariu won Miss Social Media with over 100,000 votes (the most ever), Miss Photogenic and placed 1st Runner-Up.
Now she is calling on other young women in the country to step up and register for the upcoming pageants in Rarotonga.
The two local pageant bodies are looking for contestants for the 2019 Miss Cook Islands events.
Last month, Cook Islands News spoke with Reihana Koteka-Wiki, the woman wearing of the tiaras. She said winning the pageant wasn’t just about the title; it was a platform to make good change in the community.
Yesterday, it was the chance of Simonis-Tariu to explain the pageants’ importance. The beauty queen, who hails from Atiu, said there were some exciting experience the contestants would gain while representing the country at international competitions.
These were experiences they would get to keep forever.
“In my opinion a Miss Cook Islands need to have vision for her title and something to achieve. This isn’t just a beauty pageant,” the 20-year-old said.
“An organisation can’t make you, you have to make your mark for yourself, and for your people and that comes from the heart.”
Miss Cook Islands Pageant Association president Clee Marsters said they still have a slot available in their pageant which will be held on October 11.
Marsters said registration would close at the end of this month and launching of the contestants is expected on September 26.
The other Miss Cook Islands pageant said they still had two slots available for this year’s event.
“We have two more slots available for young Cook Islands women aged 18-26 years who have the courage and spirit to compete for the coveted title of Maine Kuki Airani | Miss Cook Islands 2019. Our top three winners will go on to represent the Cook Islands at the world’s biggest pageants later this year,” they posted on their Facebook last month.