THIS year's Miss World Supermodel Pageant is expected to be bigger and better than last year with five countries participating for the first time in Fiji.
Supermodels from Belgium, India, Korea, Russia and Israel are representing their country here.
Miss World Supermodel Pageant director development Lady Carla Davis said the good thing about this year's pageant was that they had a wonderful selection of delegates from around the world.
Ms Davis said the supermodels would build a bridge of cultural understanding between the various countries.
"We are here to promote a healthy lifestyle and that people can achieve greater success by being healthy and being free from drugs, tobacco and alcohol," Ms Davis said.
"We love coming to Fiji because it is the best place to hold a pageant.
"We found out that the friendliness of the people and the spirit are better than anywhere else we have ever been to.
"We have received such a warm welcome from everyone since our arrival.
"The pageant is a good thing since it builds confidence in the young people and builds a connection with people around the world."
Ms Davis said 18 countries were represented this year including Japan, Korea, Lebanon, Fiji, Russia, Israel, Belgium, Canada.
"The girls are connecting with their family and friends who are back at home through the social media and people are actually talking about Fiji," she said.
"Dealing with places, people are making a different and Fijians have surpassed everyone.
"I have travelled and lived in many different countries but Fiji stands out the most and I could not think of a better place than Fiji to hold such a pageant."
This is the second time the Miss World Supermodel Pageant is being held in Fiji. Suliana Taukei, 25, and Angela Sue Eka Viti, 16, are representing Fiji at the supermodel pageant at The Pearl South Pacific Resort and Spa in Pacific Harbour this week.