Tania Dawson was born and raised in New Zealand in a rural town called Waiuku. An overachiever might be an understatement for Dawson, she graduated from The University of Auckland with a Bachelor of Arts, double major in Drama and Film/Television, and Media Studies. On top of that, Dawson has a Graduate Diploma in Secondary Teaching. Dawson is now a secondary teacher in Media Studies and Drama and her students ages range from 11-18 years old. Not only did she put a lot of her effort in school, but she also volunteered at Variety-The Children's Charity and has event managed a fundraising fashion show. If she becomes the next Miss Universe, she would like to support anti-domestic violence, gender equality and women's rights.