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Girl(s) you need to know: your Influencer Awards Personality & Smile finalists

By now you know all about the Miss FQ Colgate Optic White Influencer Awards and while voting has closed the VIP party on October 4th where we’ll reveal the amazing winners is just around the corner! But before then, we want to introduce the top Kiwi bloggers, vloggers and ’grammers killing it online as chosen by you! Here are your favourite influencers in the Personality & Smile category brought to you by Colgate Optic White:

Matilda Rice | @matootles

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After finding love on The Bachelor, Matilda Rice was catapulted into the social media spotlight, quickly rising as one of our most-followed and most-liked personalities. This babe with a megawatt smile is loved for being her authentic self and not taking life too seriously, especially on Instagram so it was a no brainer having her in the top five!

Jess Quinn | @jessicaemilyquinn


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“Social media can often make the world seen like a really superficial place; it’s often hard to remember how lucky we truly are when comparing ourselves to the many fab people we follow online. Luckily for her followers, Jess’ posts never fail to put life into perspective. A cancer survivor and amputee, Jess Quinn’s unwavering positivity is a beacon of hope for anyone going through hardships and a real life example that we can overcome anything with a can-do attitude, a smile on our dials and a good coffee to start the day! It’s a privilege to have his #GirlBoss lighting up my feed!” Sums it up really, doesn’t it?

Abby Plested | @abbyplested

Inspired. Raw. Refreshing. Postive. Positive. Positive. Those are just a few of the incredible adjectives that popped up in many of Abby’s nominations from her loyal Instagram fans and followers. This young mumma is loved for her posts about fashion, beauty, parenting, mental health, friends, family… the list goes on! And she’s long maintained the mantra that we should all “speak our truth” – something that has set her up for Instagram domination.

Simone Anderson | @simone_anderson

Simone isn’t just an inspiration to many, she’s literally changed people’s lives by honestly documenting her own Journey To Health. “Simone Anderson is an influencer whose bright smile perfectly matches her shining personality. Although her blog, Facebook and Instagram accounts originally focused on her ‘journey to health’, she really does it all, slaying fashion, beauty and the lifestyle game. It’s her positive and uplifting attitude, and message to stay true to yourself that keep followers like me watching on her every post.” Yes, girl!

Hannah Laity | @hannahlaity

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Hannah Laity, New Zealand’s golden girl is the perfect example of a millennial babe making a name for herself in a positive, empowering way on Instagram. She’s true to herself, often promoting her healthy, fit lifestyle, looking #goals in her fashionable outfits and speaking out about issues like bullying. “Her smile is 10/10 and she has a lovely set of pearly whites,” one nomination reads. “Definitely deserving to be a finalist in his category.” We agree!

Remember to check in to on October 4th to find out who you chose as New Zealand’s top influencers and read all about the winners in our beautiful new issue of Miss FQ, on sale October 9th!