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Pageant Theme Rings True for Charlene

NANDNI VANDHANA Nadi Newly-crowned Miss World Fiji Charlene Tufuna’i, 20, believes that it is about “Beauty with a purpose”, which is an apt theme for the Miss World pageant. She
31 Jul 2014 07:39

NANDNI VANDHANA
Nadi

From left: Grandmother Helen Tailor, Charlene Tufuna’i and mother Mabel Tufuna’i with the spoils of the Miss World Fiji pageant. Photo: Varanisese Nasilasila

Newly-crowned Miss World Fiji Charlene Tufuna’i, 20, believes that it is about “Beauty with a purpose”, which is an apt theme for the Miss World pageant.
She was born in Taveuni, and grew up in Matavolivoli, Votualevu, Nadi and is the eldest of four girls.
“This beauty pageant gives us the platform to raise awareness on issues that affect our community and society,” Miss Tufuna’i said.
“I encourage more young girls to be part of this as they can have a career from this as well”
“It was a humbling moment to be crowned the Miss World Fiji and this is a golden opportunity to represent Fiji on the international stage”
She said she loved a challenge and made it her duty to fulfill it and strive for her goals.
“I am my biggest critique; I love doing my best and striving for excellence; that is my motivation.
“My dad and sisters encouraged me to take part in the competition after an advertisement on television,” she said.
“I went for auditions and got through and that was how the journey began,” she said.
The down-to-earth girl said she loved every moment of her journey and was grateful for the opportunity.
“It feels like I have nine other sisters now; the bond between the contestants has grown.
“The experience with the girls was awesome and the visit to the CWM Hospital was the highlight of my trip.”
She credits her win to the support of her family and friends, especially her mother.
“These past few months, she has been my inspiration; telling me to just be myself and no matter what she has always been there,” she said.
“Family is important because with their support, you know you can achieve anything”
The fun-loving individual believes in the phrase ‘Charity begins at home’.
“My neighbours are elderly people and my family helps them in their chores and cleaning their yards,” she said.
She is currently studying aircraft engineering at the Fiji National University (FNU) and hopes to be an aero space engineer in the future.
She loves cooking, designing handicrafts and jewellery, sewing, playing netball and being adventurous at times.
Feedback: nandni.vandhana@fijisun.com.fj




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