Laie’s Miss Tahiti Has Eyes On France

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of re­hearsals and was chal­leng­ing with her BYU-Hawaii classes and work hours — she has the lead role of “Lani” in PCC’s show­case

and is on PCC’s In­ter­na­tional Pro­mo­tion Team in Aus­tralia, Ja­pan, South Korea and on the Main­land.

“It was al­ways my dream to be­come Miss Tahiti,” Wil­son said. “It gives me the op­por­tu­nity to sup­port dis­ad­van­taged chil­dren in Tahiti, and it also is a great way to share my love of my Tahi­tian cul­ture. My next project is to im­prove my knowl­edge of the Tahi­tian lan­guage and the Tuamo­tuan di­alect.”

Next up is the 2011 Miss France pageant in Caen, France, in De­cem­ber, where she’ll rep­re­sent French Poly­ne­sia.

Wil­son has mod­eled for Black Pearl De­signs since 2003, par­tic­i­pated in sev­eral fashion shows and landed a small speak­ing part in up­com­ing film. Hav­ing won the Heiva I Honolulu Over­all Vahine Soloist ti­tle and com­peted in many other Tahi­tian dance con­tests over the years, she’s proud yet ev­er­mind­ful of the losses as well.

“I think the ex­pe­ri­ence of pick­ing my­self up af­ter los­ing some­thing has helped me more than just win­ning a com­pe­ti­tion,” she said. “I have a great pas­sion for the ori Tahiti (Tahi­tian dance) and I am very grate­ful to my mother who taught me the ba­sic steps.”

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