Dress set to travel far
SCAVENGING for rags on the beach has led to an audience of millions for a budding fashion designer.
Latoia Bernard’s creation will be modelled by Kiwi beauty queen Ella Langsford when she competes at the 2013 Miss World competition in Indonesia in September.
The pageant last year attracted 116 contestants and is the world’s oldest. It is broadcast to a global audience on a number of TV networks.
‘‘We did the rehearsal in the morning and I looked at it and was really touched,’’ she says.
‘‘I don’t get emotional over fashion but I almost started crying – it was like it had become what I wanted it to.’’
Ms Bernard is currently planning her design for the international pageant, which she says will also incorporate weaving.
Miss Langsford will become the first ever Kiwi winner of Miss World if she takes the title, held by Chinese beauty queen Yu Wenxia.
Cultural creator: Latoia Bernard has had a lifelong interest in fashion.
Kiwi beauty: Twenty-year-old Ella Langsford will wear one of Latoia Bernard’s designs when she represents New Zealand at the Miss World competition in Indonesia.
Go to centralleader.co.nz and click on Latest Edition to see last year’s Miss World contestants perform in their cultural costumes.