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Slatter reigns

Nasik Swami
Sunday, August 26, 2012

Nineteen-year-old Miss Mai Life Magazine, Drue Slatter, was crowned Vodafone Miss Hibiscus 2012 at Albert Park in Suva last night.

Apart from being crowned Miss Hibiscus 2012, she also won the awards for Miss National Tourism and Best Queen's research topic.

Speaking to The Fiji Times the emotional Coral Coast beauty, who advocated gender equality, dedicated her win to her mother.

"I dedicate my win to my mother. She is my best friend who has been so supportive and to my amazing boyfriend who has been so patient all this while," Ms Slatter said.

She said she was overwhelmed after being declared queen and felt it was going to take some time to sink in.

When asked that she now had a huge responsibility to shoulder for Fiji, Ms Slatter said she was already feeling the pressure of being a queen.

"Being 19-years-old I think it's a big growing up to do which is going to be a challenge but I am looking forward to it," she said.

However, Ms Slatter said she will rely on the strength that got her the Hibiscus crown and also the support of her family to overcome all challenges.

Meanwhile, Miss FBC, Genevieve Sukhdeo was the first runner up, Miss Vinod Patel, Natasha second runner up, Miss Frinco's Hire, Unaisi Narara Maria third runner up and Miss Fiji School of Medicine, Nubaisha Dean the fourth runner up.

Mr FBC, Clarence Dass was crowned 2012 Hibiscus King while Mr FSM, John Jeffery, was the first runner up and Mr Yellow Ribbon, Aman Singh, the second runner up.