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Miss World Fiji Costume Story

Miss World Fiji Costume Story
November 12
12:21 2014

The kula bird is the inspiration behind this year’s national costume to be worn by Miss Fiji, Charlene Tafuna’i, at the 64th Miss World Contest.

The pageant begins in London on November 20th.
The costume, made by designers Andrew Powell and Aisea Konrote, was inspired by one of Fiji’s unique parrot species which is endemic to the islands of Kadavu and Ono in the Kadavu group.

The costume’s head piece draws inspiration from the ‘lakalaka’,  a traditional dance of Lau people.
“The kula bird is significant to the iTaukei culture as the feathers were used in fans as well as in dance costumes and the kula bird is also on our five-dollar currency,” said Andhy Blake, Miss World Fiji national director.

Our national costume inspiration will showcase one of our endemic species. What better way to showcase the beauty of the kula bird than in a costume to be worn on the Miss World stage?

National costumes in pageantry should reflect the uniqueness of the country it represents and must never be confused with a traditional costume.

The Miss World contest culminates on December 14 at The Excel Theatre in London when Megan Young of the Philippines will crown her successor.

Miss World 2014 will air live on FBC TV on December 15 in Fiji.
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