MISS Jewels Fiji hopes to use this year's Hibiscus Festival as an opportunity to highlight issues and speak out against injustice.
Coming from Ba and being the first Hibiscus contestant sponsored by the Nadi-based company, Shinaal Shayal Lata said this was an opportunity to serve her community.
The outgoing 19-year-old lass, a first year law student at the University of the South Pacific, believes unity and working together with other people brings prosperity.
"The possibility of going out there, raising your voice for an issue that counts and actually being heard is all the motivation a person needs to take the platform of Hibiscus and also in all the hype of the Hibiscus magic — reach out to people and unite for a charitable cause."
When asked why she decided to take part in this year's Hibiscus Festival, Ms Lata said she was an ambitious individual who wanted to learn and develop under the guidance of those who were leaders in their respective fields and then use those skills to become an expert herself.
"My passion is my dreams! Entering this Vodafone Fiji Hibiscus 2014 is taking a step closer towards my dream because I believe where dreams are concerned, there is no 'if' there is only 'when'.
"Not only my dreams, but all I do and encounter, I have extreme passion for it.
"Be it working on my assignments or living my dream as a queens contestant this year, I engage my passion in almost everything."
She said she would make a great Hibiscus queen this year because she believed in putting words into action.
"If I want to see change, I'll be the change!
"I guess that is the reason I would make a great Hibiscus queen.
"The Hibiscus platform gives the perfect opportunity to not only advocate on changes but to bring them into our daily lives.
"Climate change! Violence! Abuse! Discrimination! The talk goes on but what matters is actually doing something about it and that is what I believe in."