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For her father

Torika Chandra
Friday, August 22, 2014

WHEN Zaira Begg, 21, won the Queen's talent show on Wednesday night, there was only one person she wished could be there to see her in her victory.

Miss Friends Bar, who performed a contemporary dance with a video depicting child abuse in Fiji, lost her father in March this year.

"He always supported me in my dancing career but sometimes he refused because of our strong Muslim background," Ms Begg said.

She said she wished her dad could see what she had achieved through dancing which was something that she loved doing.

Meanwhile, reigning Adi Senikau Queen Benji Patel is calling on support from the general public and sponsors for the pageant.

"We are not just entertainment anymore. We are the whole package, we advocate on issues that are affecting our community and show our creativity," Ms Patel said.

Ms Patel said she was ready to give up her crown and asked the Queen who would be crowned 2015 Miss Adi Senikau to continue advocating on issues of their community.

"I was also able to raise a very important issue that is affecting the young lives of our country."

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