MEREANI Vasakula was crowned the new Lady Vodafone Friendly North Carnival 2013 on Friday night.
And she made history after becoming the first woman police constable to participate and win a charity fundraising carnival.
The 32-year-old mother of three acknowledged the Fiji Police Force for allowing her to participate in the annual charity event.
In her address after her crowning, Mrs Vasakula recited her favourite Psalms: "The Lord is my light and salvation and I will fear no one."
"It has not been easy for me to wake up early in the morning and set my house in order while I go to work and also prepare myself for the pageant.
"My husband is currently out working in the Solomons and it has been me and my three kids all along, including other family members who had pitched in to help, including my sponsors Apco Paints.
"I dedicate this win to all the mothers out there and to all families whose fathers or mothers are out serving in peacekeeping duties and other forms of employment."
Mrs Vasakula described the pageant as an experience to remember and that she had gained a lot from being a lady contestant this year.
"I had been advocating on violence against women and children and I will continue to lobby for the cause during my term as the reigning Lady Vodafone Friendly North through my work as a police officer.
"I thank all supporters who had helped me in one way or another and to the contestants who stood with me for the past few days. I need to reiterate here that all mothers and women are winners and this win is also dedicated to those women out there who still suffer from cruelty and abuse of any form."
Lady contestant category first runner-up, Ashika Kumar said she was excited and happy about the win.
"In this platform, everyone is a winner and no one is a loser because we are all working towards the betterment and development of the North as a whole," Mrs Kumar said.
The Miss Personality title was awarded to Miss Charan Jeath Singh Group of Companies Gurnit Kaur, Miss Photogenic was awarded to Miss Public Service Commission Manisha Singh, and the Mr Personality title went to Mr Pramod Enterprises Peni Koroi.
The crowning of the Vodafone Friendly North Carnival was carried out last night when this edition went to press.