Back to the grind for Sugar Queen

Miss Sugar 2018 Miss Lautoka Market Vendors Association Seini Vukivuki (second from left) with her workmates Ligieta Vorivori (left),Otilly Rabuku and Mela Racule during their 4am morning shift early yesterday morning. Picture: BALJEET SINGH

JUST hours after claiming the 2018 Miss Vodafone Sugar Festival crown, Seini Vukivuki reported to work at 4am yesterday to manage the reservation desks for Air Terminal Services at the Nadi International Airport.

The 20-year-old said she could not miss work on Sunday despite having a life changing experience overnight.

“I took some time off work to compete and even though I won last night, I still had to report back to work.

“It’s been a very hectic week and even though I would have liked a short break but there was no other option.

“I have had a lot of support from my workmates who even made t-shirts and I’m very grateful to them. Even though I was tired, seeing them congratulating me and their joy was really uplifting.”

Of her win, she said she was still coming to terms with having the title. “To be quite honest I still feel like I’m in a dream.

“Initially I was aiming for the crown but when the week started and as we visited all of these different places, I became more aware of the importance of the message that I was advocating. “The whole experience was more important too.

“I thought that maybe winning Miss Personality was good enough but I didn’t expect to take home both crowns.”

She said she was looking forward to represent Lautoka City in the Miss Fiji Pageant.

“The competition will be a lot tougher and I will meet other beautiful, strong women who in their own right are intelligent and have something that they are fighting for.

“Everything is in God’s grace and I just want to enjoy the experience and make my city proud.”