Miss Universe Turkey 2018 - Tara de Vries
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Tara de Vries

  • Age: 20

    Hometown: Istanbul

  • Height: 5'9"

    Birthday: October 06

Tara de Vries is studying business administration at Koc University in Istanbul. She was born in Amsterdam and raised in Holland until she was 12 years of age. She is a blend of two cultures as she has a Turkish mom (Miss Universe Turkey 1992) and a Dutch father. Her biggest motivation in life is her families unique story as her own struggle at a young age. Her 4 year younger brother was born with a rare anomaly and has gone under 40+ surgeries. After a year of intensive care, 7 years of sign language, and all the nursing around her little brother, it had caused Tara the psychological disease called "Selective Mutism". Tara has lived with her family in Holland, Turkey, France and New York due to the operations of her brother and the availability to his care. Tara has become passionate and active in organizations that allow her to raise awareness and help children who have disabilities. She strives to be a young role model for the women in Turkey. Her strong advocacy focuses on children and women to empower their own qualities and strength in their lives. If she takes home the Miss Universe crown, she will be able to create a wide-spread awareness and global support for families globally with shared life experiences.

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