TAVEUNI native Rowzell Madden has only lived in Nadi for nine months but is pleased to be part of a festival raising funds for her adopted town.
The 24-year-old is no stranger to travelling and living apart from her family.
"I spent a year and a half living in the Dominican Republic as a volunteer for the Latter Day Saints Church," Ms Madden said.
Required to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ in the language of the locality, she returned to Fiji last year with a new-found fluency in Spanish.
A contestant at the Digicel Bula Festival, the event provides her first experience in a pageant.
She says she will use the event as a platform to speak family values.
"This ties in with the festival's theme of unity and I want to encourage everyone to have love in their family because it is simple steps like these that lead to unity in society."
Ms Madden attended Holy Cross College in Wairiki, Taveuni, and LDS College in Tamavua, Suva. She works as a receptionist at the Tanoa International Hotel.
Sponsored by Sharma Music Centre, she said she looked forward to an exciting week as her parents and six siblings from Taveuni were in Nadi to support her.