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Overseas Volunteer Judges: Contestants were Confident, Role Models

The four overseas judges who volunteered to judge the 2017 Vodafone Hibiscus Festival contestants say they were impressed by the local talents. One of them is Laeticia Phylliscia Raveena, who
19 Aug 2017 11:26
Overseas Volunteer Judges: Contestants were Confident, Role Models
Jone Bilitaki.. Photo: Wati Talebula

The four overseas judges who volunteered to judge the 2017 Vodafone Hibiscus Festival contestants say they were impressed by the local talents.

One of them is Laeticia Phylliscia Raveena, who holds the title of Miss Transsexual Australia International 2017.

She was even more challenged by the fact that the contestants turned up without make up in confidence. This was a kind of thing that empowers women.

“It was an eye-opening experience because we did not come with these expectations but the contestants have been amazing especially, the girls,” Ms Raveena said.

She added that each contestant displayed their Fijian culture and traditions with depth.

Vinny Pal, an Australian based movie producer/director and the volunteer judge for the Kings category said the competition was exceptionally amazing.

“They (contestants) do understand the issues facing the communities here and they are willing to tackle it.”

An Australian actor, model, musician, 15-year-old judge for the Princess category, Blaise Devos said anyone of those whom she had judged was a role model in their own right.

For the Teens category judge, Faith Naduva said this experience had brought her closer to her culture and traditions as she had returned to Fiji after a long time.

These volunteer judges arrived into the country at their own expense.

Edited by Mohammed Ali

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