Perseverance paid off for Gore Shepherd Jaimee MCMeeken who claimed the Perfect Woman title on her fourth attempt.
Ms McMeeken has entered the competition for four years in a row, last year finishing second, and was determined to keep coming back until she won the trophy.
She achieved that yesterday after two days of intense competition between 30 contestants, with Wanaka shepherd Michelle Osbourne and Wanaka office worker Alice Ferguson second and third.
. . . Now she had won, she would not be back as a competitor, Ms McMeeken said.
She had loved coming back each year and had learned being patient and not rushing was the key to success.
“Every year I’ve learned different things and how to get better and better.
“It’s not about being butch, it’s about femininity . . . Even in speaking, it’s about taking a deep breath. And I never look at what everyone else is doing,” she said.
Among the tests the contestants faced was gutting and skinning a possum.
Proceeds from the contest, held annually in Wanaka, go to the Canlive Trust which helps people with cancer.