Ariel Pearse is the 2017 Miss Tourism International.

Ariel is the first person from New Zealand to win this world title. She served as a full-time missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Australia Sydney North Mission. After her mission, she shared with the Deseret News that she would be participating in the pageant.


She said, “From a very young age, I had these experiences that made me trust the Lord, and I knew that when I did what he wanted me to do that I would receive the happiness that I desired and searched for.”

On December 31, 2016, she was selected out of 60 contestants from around the world and crowned as 2017 Miss Tourism International. Her platform, “Modesty in Attitude and Dress,” exemplifies her determination to stay true to her standards and share that light with the world.

The Church created a series of videos featuring Ariel, including this inspiring video about happiness:

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