FIJI'S representative to the 2013 Miss World competition Caireen Erbsleben says while Fiji has a long way to go to reach the top, the experience of the Miss World Pageant is one that young women in Fiji should not rule out.
The roughly month-long pageant was hosted in Bali and ended with Miss Philippines Megan Young being crowned Miss World 2013.
Ms Erbsleben said being part of the Miss World competition was a once in a lifetime experience and an amazing opportunity.
"I feel that I did my best with what I was prepared for and with what resources I took with me," Ms Erbsleben said.
"However, this being only Fiji's third time participating — second officially through a franchise — Fiji still has a long way to go if we are to make it to the top. It just takes time.
"Having said that, I encourage every young woman in Fiji, that is interested in joining our search for Miss World Fiji in 2014, to give it a try.
"You never know what can happen and this could be your once in a life time experience."
Ms Erbsleben said her Beauty with a Purpose presentation on climate change was received well and it generated a lot of interest among the competition organisers.
"I was told after the finals in Bali that Miss World 2013 would be visiting Fiji sometime in 2014 to assist with our project on Bau Island.
"There was though, a little confusion as the organisation thought climate change was only affecting Bau, and after clearing a few things up they soon realised that it actually is a global issue affecting not only Bau and Fiji, but the rest of the small Pacific islands."