A TOTAL of 12 contestants will vie for the Adi Senikau title at this year's Hibiscus Festival.
The pageant, which will be held tomorrow evening at Albert Park, has been themed Queen of the Universe where contestants will be representing the planets, including dwarf planets.
And organisers are adamant that this year's show will be out of this world in an 'extra-terrestrial' kind of way.
"Every year the Adi Senikau Pageant continues to be a sellout event raising more money for charity," said festival chairman Hirdesh Prasad.
Also for the first time this year, the winner of the pageant would be the goodwill ambassador for the Haus of Khameleon, a youth and transgender led feminist movement, in which the winner would be engaged in charity events across the country and continue to speak out for the transgender community.
Pageant co-ordinator Sulique Waqa said in the beginning of this month, the Adi Senikau contestants through funding from UNDP met in Nadave, Tailevu where they were able to put together their 'call to actions' on five key priority areas focusing on the elimination of all forms of violence and discrimination against transgender women in Fiji.
The 12 contestants this year will be judged on their creative attire which will tie in with their question and answer category followed by their talent and crowning.
There is also a special performance by all the contestants at the beginning of the show which will depict the contestants in celebration of their descent to earth and the virtue of their being.