Franki Russell Makes History as Miss Universe New Zealand 2024

Franki Russell

Franki Russell, a Filipino-Kiwi actress and model, has been appointed as Miss Universe New Zealand 2024, marking a significant milestone for the country’s pageant representation after a five-year hiatus. Here are some details according to the report of The Philippine Star.

Appointment Announcement

Russell’s appointment was officially revealed during the launch of XPedition Magazine, spearheaded by Dubai-based Filipino businessman Josh Yugen, who holds the Miss Universe franchise in New Zealand. This announcement heralds Russell as the first New Zealand representative to the prestigious pageant since 2019.

In her upcoming journey to the Miss Universe pageant in Mexico City, Russell aims to advocate against cyberbullying, leveraging her platform to raise awareness and foster positive change in combating online harassment.

Franki Russell

Previous Endeavors

At 29 years old, Russell brings a wealth of experience to her new role. Having previously competed in the Miss Universe United Arab Emirates pageant in 2021, Russell achieved a commendable Top 30 placement. She has demonstrated her commitment to pageantry and community engagement.

Beyond her pageant endeavors, Russell has made significant strides in the entertainment industry. Russell’s versatile talent captivates audiences from “Pinoy Big Brother” to projects like “Ang Probinsyano” and “Laruan.” Her presence resonates both locally and internationally.

Historical Significance

Russell’s appointment comes at a pivotal moment for New Zealand’s pageant history. Since its inception in 1954, New Zealand has celebrated just one Miss Universe victory, achieved by Lorraine Downes in 1983. Despite this, the country has seen notable successes, including semifinal placements and individual awards such as Miss Photogenic.

As Franki Russell embarks on her journey as Miss Universe New Zealand 2024, she carries with her the hopes and aspirations of her nation. With her dedication, poise, and commitment to advocacy, Russell is poised to make a meaningful impact on the global stage. She will represent New Zealand with grace, resilience, and pride.


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Written by Marjo Piedad

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