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Old 05-15-2012, 07:00 PM   #1
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Miss Fiji 2012 Controversy

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/lookout/...150938019.html

Beauty pageant winner caught in ugly controversy
By Pueng Vongs | The Lookout – 6 hrs ago

Watters (Zoomfiji.com)

A newly crowned beauty queen in Fiji, who sparked an outcry because of her mixed heritage, was asked to give up her title because of her age, not her race, according to pageant officials.
Torika Watters, 16, was chosen last month to represent Fiji in the Miss World contest. The pageant drew the likes of supermodel Rachel Hunter, who was a judge.

But after Watters won the title, she faced heavy backlash because of her mixed European/Fijian descent, and some said she did not look Fijian enough.

Hundreds of derogatory comments had to be deleted from the Miss World Fiji Facebook page, according to reports.

Watters had to step down because she did not meet the minimum age requirement of 17, Miss World Fiji pageant director Andhy Blake told the Fiji Times. Koini Vakaloloma, 24, the first runner-up, will take her place at the Miss World competition in Inner Mongolia in August.

Watters issued a statement saying that she had been approached by Blake to be in the contest and at the time expressed concerns about the age requirement. Blake told her she was still eligible. "I had no intentions of doing anything sneaky or wrong and like the other contestants entered the competition for what I believed to be the right reasons—to be an Ambassador for Fiji and raise money for charitable causes," she wrote.

She went on to say: "I am proud of my identity as a Fijian and have never considered my people as racists." She is not challenging the decision and has chosen to walk away.

Blake confirmed that he was under the impression Watters could compete, but was told later by organizers that contestants had to be at least one month away from turning 17 by the start of the pageant.

A posting on the Miss World Fiji 2012 Facebook site says, "Please be informed despite media reports—Miss Torika Watters was never stripped of her title. We wish her well in her future endeavors and offer an apology to her, her beautiful family and friends for any distress this competition would have brought upon her! She will always be the very 1st Miss World Fiji!!"

Watters is eligible next year for the pageant, according to Blake, if she chooses to compete again.
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Old 05-15-2012, 07:04 PM   #2
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Old 05-15-2012, 07:57 PM   #3
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She's a lot prettier than the Fijians I served with in Egypt. Holllllly.. those guys were big, square and mean looking!
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Interesting. If she was such controversial choice I wonder how she was chosen to begin with. I don't know about in Fiji, but beauty pageants don't usually like controversy.
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Too bad Torika became the focal point of the ire, I wonder if she is fluent in local dialect, and dances?

On the other hand, I respect the desire of Fijians to avoid the "cookie cutter" euro-looking "beauty". Mass Media bias sends a message to the majority of people that they are "not attractive".

Beauty "pageants" should be done away with...period.
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