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Adi Senikau pageant a hit

Nanise Loanakadavu
Sunday, August 26, 2012

THE Bank of Baroda Adi Senikau pageant attracted the largest crowd on Friday night.

Glamour and glitz filled the Hibiscus tent as the nine Adi Senkau transgender contestants performed to a jam-packed house.

They also shared their views on how people could respect transgender equality, free from discrimination.

Goddess of Earth, Leonah Deasummers, 30, was crowned Miss Adi Senikau 2012.

With her theme "Be proud of what you are doing" Ms Deasummers performed a contemporary dance with her green flowery costume emphasising the importance of pampering Mother Nature.

"When you pamper me I will beautify you," she said smilingly.

She said it was important that transgender people were treated equally because they were also part of the community.

"We have contributed a lot to the development not only in our family but the nation and state," she added.

The crowning was done by Australian diva, Paulini Curuenavuli who also performed last night.

The Hibiscus committee also revealed that tickets were all sold out last night.

They said the Pageant was a hit with more than 800 people inhouse.

The contestants thanked the organisers for providing a platform where they could voice their concerns on issues affecting transgenders because of the misconception of who they are and what they do.


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