QUEEN contestants for next month's Vodafone Hibiscus Festival are undergoing several workshops to help prepare them for the annual festival.
One area which the organisers and their co-ordinator Lice Movono-Rova have worked hard on is teaching the contestants how to deal with criticism from the public.
Miss Cal Valley Solar Peniana Wainiu said given they were now public figures, they had to be mindful of what they said or did.
"So far, we are being prepped during our workshops, we had a public relations workshop on how to address our issues well to the public and to make sure what we say is not insulting to any person or group," Ms Wainiu said.
Fellow queen contestant Miss FBC Rosalia Ralulu said the training would help equip them for the highs and lows of the journey ahead.
"We are trained to be a queen and we will act like queens," Ms Ralulu said.
"Whatever criticism we receive, we are ready for it. We will sit there and take it in, and be ladylike about it."
"Personally, I see criticism as a challenge. I make that a stepping stone and I do not treat it as a stumbling block."
She said criticism only allowed them to improve on their weaknesses.
"We will accept criticism as it comes our way, no one is perfect and we are human beings. We hope that it will mould us to become better people and better contestants for the festival."