Beauties put to the test

Vodafone Millenium Sinu Festival contestants prepare for JABA night at Valelevu. They are, from left, Seruwaia Merekula (Miss Profiles Production); Mereani Esther Tikoibure (Miss Kris Amusement); Venina Sauqaqa (Miss Standard Concrete); Sainiana Saranaulu (Miss Daulomani Plant Hire); Miss Nasinu Hailey Qaqa; Kolora Momoedonu (Miss Nasinu Town Council); Esther Vulaono Vateitei (Miss I Am Woman Magazine); and Leba Vananalagi (Miss AMPS Industries Fiji Ltd). Picture: ELIKI NUKUTABU

LAST night’s Vodafone Millennium Sinu Festival witnessed the first public judging for the seven queen contestants.

The festival also saw the queens’ ‘sulu and jaba’ category which was introduced last year and was also something the festival is known for.

“We feel that it is important to promote our national costume. These young women need to invest more in things like this,” pageant consultant Epeli Tuibeqa said.

He said in terms of fashion for the women in Fiji, the sulu and jaba was like a go to outfit. “If all other outfits go wrong, the sulu and jaba never fails,” he said.

Meanwhile, tonight will be the queens’ talent and Asian night.