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Slatter finishes third

Dawn Gibson
Tuesday, December 11, 2012

THE country's very own Drue Slatter did Fiji proud when she grabbed the second runner-up prize at this year's Miss South Pacific Pageant in American Samoa on Sunday evening.

The 19-year-old university student was one of the youngest competitors at the event, vying for the crown against nine other women from around the region.

Ms Slatter performed a song as well as a contemporary meke as her talent, getting many cheers from the crowd throughout her performance.

"The support from the Fijian community here (American Samoa) has been great. And I feel really glad about what I achieved," Ms Slatter said.

The Sigatoka lass said the venue for the event could not have been more appropriate given her theme.

"My theme was marine sustainability and it was really fitting because American Samoa has the largest shark reserve in America," she said proudly.

She added she enjoyed her time and did what she could, regardless of her anxiety on the crowning night.

"Like every other girl I was really nervous on the night, but I really had a good time and I did my best and in the end, that's all you can do," she said.

The event, which celebrated its 25th anniversary on the night, judged the young women in four different categories — sarong, talent, traditional wear and the interview.


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