Fiji Sun - - Front Page - LITIA TIKOMAILEPANONI SIGATOKA Edited by Ru­si­ate Mataika Feed­back: litia.tikomailepanoni@fi­jisun.com.fj

Suva’s Voda­fone Hibis­cus Fes­ti­val queen Anne Dunn said she was ready for the next level af­ter be­ing crowned the Miss Tele­com Fiji Queen last night.

“This is such a priv­i­lege to be stand­ing here tonight and also to have an op­por­tu­nity to rep­re­sent this en­tire na­tion to the Pa­cific Is­land Pageant 2016,” she said. “Though I have a short time to pre­pare but I pray to do Fiji proud.” The win au­to­mat­i­cally opens the door for Ms Dunn to rep­re­sent Fiji to the Miss Pa­cific Is­land Pageant which is sched­uled next month in Samoa. Ms Dunn couldn’t ex­press her feel­ings as the crown was handed over by the for­mer Miss Fiji Pageant 2015 Zaira Begg. She said as the sec­ond win­ner of the pageant, the next stage of com­pe­ti­tion would be eye open­ing for her. “I thank God be­cause a lot of things have hap­pened in the process to get to this day,” she said. The 24-year-old ac­knowl­edged her sup­port­ers who were present dur­ing the crown­ing night. “I thank my fam­ily who are here tonight es­pe­cially to my lewa (grand­mother) from my ma­ter­nal side.” El­der brother Amos Dunn who was there to wit­ness her suc­cess was proud of her achieve­ment. “Mom who is leav­ing in the States (US) will prob­a­bly be happy with her achieve­ment and as well dad and all the fam­i­lies. We never thought that she would reach that stage but she did and we are thank­ful and happy for her,” he said.

“She is the first ever in our fam­ily to par­tic­i­pate in this kind of plat­form. The whole fam­ily is sup­port­ing her tonight (last night).”

Photo: Litia Tikomailepanoni

From left: First run­ner up Miss Nau­sori Shalin Singh, sec­ond run­ner-up Miss Tavua Nishrat Nisha, Miss Per­son­al­ity Miss Ba Matila Vueti, Min­is­ter for Lo­cal Govern­ment Parveen Bala, third run­ner-up Miss Raki­raki Sereima Tabuya, fourth run­ner-up Miss Lau­toka Matilda Vaka­rau with the newly crowned Miss Fiji Pageant 2016 Miss Suva Anne Dunn.

Photo: Daven­dra Rao

From left: Miss Raki­raki Sereima Tabuya, Miss Nau­sori Shar­lin Singh, Miss Sigatoka Bindya Goundar, Miss Ovalau Sheemal Prasad. Miss Lau­toka Matilda Vaka­rau, Miss Labasa Ali­tia Epi, Miss Nas­inu Ruci Marama, Miss Tavua Nushrat Nisha, Miss Nadi Grace Tueli, Tele­com Miss Fiji 2016 Miss Suva Anne Dunn and, Miss Ba Matila Vueti yes­ter­day at Lawaqa Park, Sigatoka.

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