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Caireen's confident

Shayal Devi
Saturday, September 07, 2013

HER nerves seemed settled when Miss World Fiji 2013 Caireen Erbsleben arrived at Nadi International Airport on Tuesday — on her way to Indonesia for the 63rd Miss World pageant.

In an interview with this newspaper, Ms Erbsleben said she was confident and ready for the pageant.

"For the moment, I am cool, calm and collected," she said.

"This is only the second time for me to take part in a pageant and it will be my first time taking part in an international event.

"My preparation for the event has been good with Fiji Broadcasting Corporation and my national director."

The 21-year-old University of the South Pacific student said she was excited at the prospect of representing Fiji to a global audience.

"I am looking forward to meeting all the other contestants at the pageant, especially Miss Samoa because we will both be representing the South Pacific.

"I hope to learn something new about every new culture from all the different countries that will be present.

"I want to thank all the people of Fiji for their support and I will do my best to make all Fijians proud."

Miss World Fiji pageant director Andhy Blake said they had compiled a five-minute DVD documentary on the 'Beauty with a Purpose' project on climate change.

"We also have our designer gown that was done by Aisea Konrote which is going to be featured at the World Designer Fashion Awards and Miss World Fiji will be wearing the gown during the live telecast of the finals from Miss World in Jakarta," Mr Blake said.

"Like every country, we are hoping to be number one but at the end of the day, there is only one winner and for us, it's all about representing Fiji to the best of our abilities."