Miss Lisa Marie White is not afraid of the word "no".
The 1.73m-tall aspiring actress-host has attended plenty of casting calls and TV auditions, only to be rejected time and again.
But it did not stop her from trying out for Miss Universe Singapore, her first pageant experience.
The chirpy beauty, who maintained a healthy diet of eggs, avocados, tuna and salad to look her best during that period, told TNP: "I believe every 'no' is a step towards a 'yes'.
"I've watched Miss Universe Singapore over the years... and I even watched Nuraliza (Osman) (get crowned) in 2002. So it was like a dream for me to join, I never thought I had a chance of winning."
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1. NERD ALERT
Miss White is a self-professed geek with a fascination for aliens.
"I like watching documentaries about aliens. I'm fascinated by space and the potential of life outside earth."
To get her in a good mood, all it takes is an upbeat tune. Songs like Daft Punk's Get Lucky helped her overcome her nerves backstage before her unveiling at the F1 Amber Lounge party last weekend.
"It was so nerve-racking. I felt like I had a lot of pressure on me, but it was so exciting to be unveiled to the public at such a high-profile event.
"The scariest part was definitely the catwalk."
3. SO SINGAPOREAN
Miss White, whose dad is Kiwi and whose mum is Singaporean Malay, is a true-blue Singaporean.
Home is a four-room HDB flat in Yishun, where she lives with her two younger sisters and her speech and drama teacher mother. Her father is a mentor for teachers in Malaysia.
She studied visual merchandising at Institute of Technical Education (ITE) College Central, is well versed in Malay and Singlish, and loves local food, especially carrot cake, nasi briyani and roti prata.
"I'm lucky my mother is a great cook... She can whip up anything," she said.
This article was first published on September 26, 2015.
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