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Bank of Baroda’s Monroe crowned queen

Bank of Baroda’s Monroe crowned queen
The winners . . . From left: Second runner up Melanie Jenner, the winner Adi Senikau Elaine Monroe and first runner up Natasha Matabalei at the Vodafone Arena on August 18, 2017. Photo: Jone Luvenitoga
August 20
11:09 2017

The contestants were presented to the audience as flight attendants from international airlines from around the globe

 

Newly-crowned 2017 Bank of Baroda Adi Senikau, Elaine Monroe was overjoyed while taking out the top award during crowning at the Aquatic Centre in Laucala Bay, Suva on Friday night.

The Adi Senikau pageant is named as one of the most popular events of the Hibiscus festival.

Elaine took out the title from the nine contestants vying for the popular side show of the Vodafone Hibiscus Festival.

Adi Senikau Pageant chairperson Sulique Waqa said the turnout was really great on Friday night.

“It was encouraging to see the support from the public and the sponsor of the event Bank of Baroda who has been sponsoring the show for the past years.

“Also important was the support of the parents of the contestants who were there last night,” Ms Waqa said.

“Respecting transgender women as equal members of society and embracing people of diverse sexual orientation, gender identity and sex characteristics was the most important message they wanted to relay to the public.”

The newly crowned Adi Senikau Elaine was excited about winning the crown and felt that it was worth the wait for all the times she had participated in similar pageants.

The new Adi Senikau is looking forward to using this opportunity during her reign to advocate on  transgender rights to live without discrimination, stigmatisation, and fear.

Elaine is a young transgender woman from Savusavu who resides in Suva.

The Adi Senikau contestants were presented as flight attendants representing international airlines from around the globe.

 

The awards winners of the contest were as follows:

             Best Creative Outfit: Natasha Matabalei – Bula Airways

             Best Talent: Natasha Matabalei – Bula Airways

             Second runner up: Melanie Jenner- Qatar Airways

             First runner up: Natasha Matabalei – Bula Airways

 

The contestants were as follows:

              Elaine Monroe – Emirates Airlines,

             Adi Lagakali Civa Ni Tadra – Alitalia Airlines,

             Melanie Jenner – Qatar Airways,

             Lyla Lopes – Aeroflot Airline,

              Helynah Parisqouva – Virgin Australia,

             Tamani Rarama – Hainan Airlines,

             Izabella Katarina – Virgin America,

             Natasha Matabalei – Bula Airways,

             Jennifer Jinkerz  – Air New Zealand

 Edited by Mohamed Ali

Feedback:  ashna.kumar@fijisun.com.fj

 

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