RURAL WOMEN were all smiles yesterday when marking a milestone in their budding fashion careers.
Last night women from different walks of life modeled traditional iTaukei outfits at the Holiday Inn to mark the Courts Rural women designers' awards night.
With the program fashionably running on Fiji time, it did not deter those gathered from cheering on the models as they strutted the runaway with outstanding designs of sulu and jaba, and evening gowns.
Eight districts from across the country were part of the one day event, with the Minister for Women, Social Welfare and Poverty Alleviation Dr Jiko Luveni as chief guest.
Rotuma, the Banaban community, Sigatoka, Nadi, Korovou, Lautoka, Savusavu, and Nausori made representations in this year's event.
"This is the first ever rural women designer's awards night and we are excited to be partnering with the Ministry of Women, Social Welfare and Poverty Alleviation in this project," Courts Fiji Limited director marketing Anil Senewiratne said.
Plans for a bigger and better designer's awards night is in the pipeline which might include designers in secondary schools in the competition.