First Miss Voda­fone Hid­den Par­adise

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Nubaisha Dean danced with ex­cite­ment af­ter she was an­nounced as the first Miss Voda­fone Hid­den Par­adise Savusavu Queen on Satur­day Night. “I did not see it com­ing and I was shocked when they an­nounced my name as the win­ner. It felt so amaz­ing,” said the 27-year-old med­i­cal stu­dent.

“All the other con­tes­tants were re­ally good and it has been a great ex­pe­ri­ence be­ing a part of this car­ni­val with them.” Born in Lau­toka and raised in Suva, Ms Dean says she is thrilled to be the first ever rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the North­ern tourist town in the up­com­ing Miss Fiji Pageant. “I have just been here in Savusavu for four months as a part of my practicum at the Savusavu Hos­pi­tal and I have fallen in love with this place,” Ms Dean said. “I had a bit of my ed­u­ca­tion in Aus­tralia and I am back here for my med­i­cal stud­ies be­cause deep down I have Fiji in my heart.

“We were given a week to pre­pare for this car­ni­val and now I look for­ward to the Miss Fiji Pageant next month.” She said that with God any­thing was pos­si­ble. “The Almighty has al­ways been my source of strength and I will also rely on him for the jour­ney that is set ahead of me.” Ms Dean, who rep­re­sented the Pub­lic Ser­vice Com­mis­sion, also won for Best Tra­di­tional Wear and Best In­ter­view. Miss Co­pra Shed Shafrin Khan scooped the Best Sarong Wear, Best Tal­ent, Miss Am­bas­sado­rial Savusavu, Miss Char­ity and was named First Run­ner Up. Miss Savusavu Town Coun­cil Josephine Seli was the sec­ond run­ner up. Miss Savusavu Tourism As­so­ci­a­tion Lu­sia Sokoi­wasa re­ceived a shield for hav­ing the best float, while the first run­ner up to this award was Miss Savusavu Tik­ina Mar­ica Ti­nanitabua. Edited by Jonathan Bryce

Miss Voda­fone Hid­den Par­adise Car­ni­val Nubaisha Dean (Front), be­ing crowned Voda­fone Re­gional Man­ager North­ern Arunesh Vishwa (be­hind her) and com­mit­tee spokes­woman Pet­tine Simp­son on Satur­day night.

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