A former Miss Universe New Zealand finalist ended her life at the age of 23.
Amber-Lee Friis from Auckland passed away suddenly on Monday, Miss World New Zealand’s Facebook page confirmed.
“We all at Miss World NZ are terribly sad to hear this,” the page posted Monday.
Amber-Lee Friis from Auckland passed away suddenly on Monday, Miss World New Zealand’s Facebook page confirmed
At the age of 21, Friis was a Miss Universe NZ finalist in 2018 and traveled to Thailand as part of the competition
“Amber definitely turned her participant journey around, after an early ‘wobble’ she became one of the most positive and supportive participants we had in the seven years that we held the MU license.”
“She has conquered so much to join us and she has won our admiration and respect from the beginning.”
At the age of 21, Friis was a Miss Universe NZ finalist in 2018 and traveled to Thailand as part of the competition.
Miss World New Zealand CEO Nigel Godfrey described her as “spicy”, “real” and said “her heart was definitely in the right place.”
“We loved and respected her and were very proud to call her a friend long after the game ended. Amber Lee changed her life, and indeed her experience with us, into an incredibly positive force forever, “wrote Mr. Godfrey.
There are also tributes for the young woman from her friends.
“Rest in peace Amber-Lee, you are so loved by so many people,” wrote one person at the top of her Facebook page.
‘Beautiful inside and out Ambier !! Thank you for always being a genuinely kind and loving friend, ”said another.
“Rest in peace, beautiful girl, I cherish every moment I spent with you until we see each other again,” added a third.
Ms. Friis had previously revealed how she was bullied at school relentlessly before changing her life.
During her school days, Mrs. Friis said her classmates called her “Chimoan” because of her tanned skin and crooked eyes.
Ms. Friis also had a difficult upbringing outside of school and said there were some evenings that there was no dinner to put on the table.
Miss World New Zealand CEO Nigel Godfrey described her as “spicy”, “sincere” and said “her heart was absolutely in the right place”
She said she would be in competition for a beauty pageant in 2018 with her tattoos and ear stretchers she ‘didn’t expect in a million years’
“I remember sitting in my room one night and thinking how difficult life could be. From an early age you feel that the world is pressing on your shoulders. Mrs. Friis told Stuff.
At the age of 15 she moved in with her then boyfriend and studied mechanics while working in a pizza hut.
When her weight got out of hand, when she was sixteen she tipped the scales at 96 kg.
“I had a negative view of everything. I introduced myself as an angry, fat old lady, but then I thought, I don’t want to be like that, ”she said.
Determined to regain weight once and for all, she went to a gym – and within six months she lost weight to her toned figure.
She said she would be in competition for a beauty pageant in 2018 with her tattoos and ear stretchers that she ‘hadn’t expected in a million years’.
New Zealand police confirmed they attended a sudden death on Monday and the case was referred to the coroner.
Ms. Friis was represented by model agency The Talent Tree, who said they were ‘devastated’ by the young woman’s death.
“We have lost a beautiful young lady who will be very much missed,” said owner Tracey-Maree Houia.
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“We have lost a beautiful young lady who will be very much missed,” said Tracey-Maree Houia, model agency owner of The Talent Tree.