|Beauty pageant titleholder|
Claire Kirby, on stage during the evening gown preliminaries of Miss Earth 2007 in the Philippines
|Born||Claire Danae Kirby
3 October 1987
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Spouse||Charles Debrois Grubb (m. 2013)|
Claire Kirby (Claire Debrois) is a New Zealand beauty queen. She was crowned Miss Manawatu 2007 and went on to represent her region at Miss Earth New Zealand 2007, where she was crowned the winner. She represented New Zealand at Miss Earth 2007 held in the Philippines and Vietnam. Miss Earth is an annual international beauty pageant promoting environmental awareness.
Claire Danae Kirby was born on 3 October 1987 in Wanganui, New Zealand to Richard and Bronwyn Kirby. She is of English and Irish descent and has three sisters, including an identical twin. She grew up in the small town of Te Aroha in the Waikato before relocating to Feilding in the Manawatu region at age 9.
Miss Manawatu 2007
Kirby beat 28 other girls for the title of Miss Manawatu 2007, including her older sister, Charlotte Kirby. The crowning ceremony was held on 7 July 2007, at the Regent Theatre on Broadway, Palmerston North. She was crowned by Miss Manawatu 2006, Rachel Crofts.
Miss Earth New Zealand 2007
Miss Earth 2007
Kirby represented New Zealand at the seventh Miss Earth beauty pageant held on 11 November 2007 at the UP Theatre in Quezon City, Philippines. 88 delegates competed for the title, making it the largest Miss Earth since its creation. Kirby's environmental platform was natural burial. 28 delegates, including Kirby, were selected for a publicity tour of Vietnam and pre-coronation show televised live from VinPearl Land, Nha Trang, Vietnam. Kirby's roommate, Jessica Trisko of Canada was eventually crowned Miss Earth 2007.
Miss Manawatu 2008
Miss Earth New Zealand 2008
Miss New Zealand Festival of Beauty 2011
Miss New Zealand Festival of Beauty 2011 was held on 30 April 2011 in the Tasman Ballroom at Alexandra Park, Greenlane. Kirby's scores put her in second place, however she was unable to be awarded the second place title of Miss Earth New Zealand 2011 due to having competed at Miss Earth 2007. She was awarded the third place title of Miss New Zealand International 2011.
Miss International 2011
Kirby represented New Zealand at Miss International 2011 in Chengdu, China. The preliminary events and coronation night were televised live on CDTV. Scores released after the event announced her final placing as 22nd from 69 delegates.
Mrs. New Zealand
Kirby married an American citizen on 15 March 2013 and legally changed her name to Claire Danae Debrois. She was announced as a candidate for Mrs New Zealand 2013 but she did not compete in the final.
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- "Manawatu the best", The Tribune, 10 September 2007. Retrieved on 2010-12-08.
- "Teen representing NZ at Miss Earth", Feilding Herald, 6 September 2007. Retrieved on 2010-12-08.
- Soul, John "Miss Earth 2007", Woman of the Earth News, 11 November 2007. Retrieved on 2010-12-08.
- "Capital night", Manawatu Standard, 12 July 2008. Retrieved on 2010-12-08.
- "Manawatu beauty wins again", Manawatu Standard, 26 August 2008. Retrieved on 2010-12-08.