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Time for the world to see Fijian fashion: Tongan star

It is time for the Pacific includ­ing Fijian fashion to be seen by the world and having the inau­gural Bottega God Fijian Fashion Festival is the right pathway. The inaugural
02 Jun 2018 12:32
Time for the world to see Fijian fashion: Tongan star
Manager Airport Landside Operations and Customer Services Joe Gray, Model Pita Taufatofua and Adi Mitimiti Dreunamisimisi at the Nadi International Airport yesterday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

It is time for the Pacific includ­ing Fijian fashion to be seen by the world and having the inau­gural Bottega God Fijian Fashion Festival is the right pathway.

The inaugural Bottega Gold Fiji­an Fashion Festival is an initiative of the Fashion Council of Fiji.

Pita Taufatofua, a Tongan sum­mer and winter Olympian, graced the event at the Grand Pacific Ho­tel today.

He arrived yesterday via the Fiji Airways Los Angeles flight.

Mr Taufatofua, 34, had just re­turned from speaking on behalf of the Pacific Islands at the opening ceremony for the UN General As­sembly high level youth dialogue event in New York earlier this week.

“I said it is time for the Pacific to be seen by the world. Having the Bottega Gold Fiji Festival is the right time to be on the world stage.

“It is important since it is another avenue to get the Pacific out there.

“The Fijian fashion and the Pa­cific fashion is an area presentable to the world with its unique style.”

He believes Fijians are more hos­pitable compared to people in his home nation of Tonga.

“Where I go and do speak from the bottom of my heart, the kind­est people in the world, sorry Ton­ga it is the Fijian,” he said.

“That is the truth, whenever I come to Fiji, they are hospitable and you can hear Bula! Bula! Bula! and that’s the truth.”

He competed in Taekwondo at the Summer Olympic Games and then in cross country skiing two years later at the 2018 Winter Olympics.

He is the second Tongan to com­pete in the Winter Olympics, after luger Bruno Banani in 2014.

Edited by Percy Kean

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