Last month global beauty brand Maybelline partnered with Miss FQ to launch a nationwide search to find six fabulous, motivated, ambitious women who would benefit from dream mentoring and money-can’t-buy experiences.

Ms Gibson (20) was selected from more than 250 entrants in the Make It Happen search, standing out with her confidence, ambition and clear drive to be an arts leader in her community. Her goal is to establish a holistic performing arts centre for youth in Whangarei.

Each of the winners will receive opportunities tailored specifically for them and for their field of interest.

Maybelline hopes to connect Ms Gibson with Anika Moa, members of famed dance group The Royal Family, and potential sources of funding such as Te Puni Kokiri and the Ministry of Culture & Heritage.

She will also be exposed to the business workings of a not-for-profit organisation by spending time with the Raukatauri Music Therapy Centre, and will have exclusive backstage experiences at the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards.

Brand manager Hayley Sigmund said Maybelline was “encouraging young people to embrace freedom and the possibility to Make IT Happen in their life, whatever ‘IT’ may be for them.”

“Maybelline is about the empowering and inspiring women to express themselves and define beauty on their own terms, so we are delighted to be in the position to help empower the lives of six talented young New Zealanders,” she said.

Each journey would be documented on Maybelline’s newly-launched Snapchat channel maybellinenz, Miss FQ’s Snapchat missfq and Instagram @missfqnz, and on the Miss FQ website in the form of video diary entries and interviews with the six Maybelline IT Girls.

The company was also working with a group of inspiring, driven New Zealanders to provide the winners with mentorship and inspiration.

They included The Raw Kitchen’s Olivia Scott, The Vital Bowl’s Sarah Worthington, financial education platform Banqer, Kendall Flutey, musician Hollie Smith, the National Alumni manager for the Young Enterprise Trust, Stephanie Benseman, up and coming fashion designer Lucilla Grey and Miss FQ’s Skye Ross.

Source: Northern Advocate

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