ANNE Young stood out from the rest of the 2014 Vodafone Hibiscus Festival queen contestants on Monday night as she won the Sarong Wear category in the first public judging.
Ms Young, 21, sponsored by Fiji Fashion Week and supported by Golden Ocean Fish Limited, wore a 1.5-metre long red sarong.
"We chose the colour red because it represented the passion and energy of Pacific Islanders. And we also wanted to acknowledge the theme, which was Asian night," Miss Young said.
"I am overwhelmed. I did not expect to win at all but I thank my chaperone and FJFW model co-ordinator Epeli Rakai Tuibeqa for his marvellous work which led to my win."
Miss Young said all the contestants worked hard in the first public judging and represented important issues through their sarongs.
"The win has been a boost to my confidence but the crown really belongs to any one of the 17 contestants who are all beautiful, intelligent and confident."
For the Queens talent show tonight, she said she would present a song about Fijians and end her performance with a fusion dance.
"I hope to gain as much confidence from this journey and use the Hibiscus platform to raise issues that are relevant to our society today.
"It was been a wonderful journey so far and I look forward to the next public judging tomorrow."