As the seven contestants prepare for next month’s Miss Cook Islands pageant, the first woman to wear the tiara has some advice for this year’s contestants: be natural. Melina Etches meets our 1960 beauty queen.
The top three ambitions on Eva Parker’s list are to graduate as a lawyer, to work in an international organisation and to travel the world.
Sixty-two years, and nobody ever told him.
Dr Ranginui Fariu was genuinely surprised to learn he had featured in a Tereora College school photo published in the first existing edition of Cook Islands News, in 1957 shortly after the paper first launched.
Vivian Engu says in order to be a model, she had to learn to handle the cruel criticism.
“I still remember my first audition like it was yesterday,” says Vivian Engu.
The most famous conceptual artist in the region is making his first visit to the Pacific next week, to show his pop art at Bergman Gallery in Rarotonga.