Dress set to travel far

Central Leader - - FRONT PAGE - By ANNA LOREN

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.

Photo: ANNA LOREN

Cul­tural cre­ator: La­toia Bernard has had a life­long in­ter­est in fash­ion.

Photo: GRA­HAME COX

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.

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