Dressed in their feathered and flowery best, supporters of the 12 Miss Cook Islands Association contestants turned out in numbers for glitzy Rio dinner show at The Islander in Nikao.
Strutting their stuff in tropical Rio style, 10 of the 11 Miss Cook Islands contestants raised the roof in sequence-studded two-piece outfits complete with sparkling feathered wings in the styles of sassy brand Victoria’s Secret and the flare of tropica.
Local talent came to the fore at the show as the beautiful young Miss Cook Islands-title hopefuls modelled elaborate headpieces created by some of the islands costume designers who work tirelessly in the background.
Miss Cook Islands Association president Dianna Clarke-Bates says the show was an opportunity to thank the creative geniuses in our communities for their passionate work.
Headpieces designed by Geoff Tetevano, Annie Ama and Rutera Taripo were among the creative pieces on display and they drew a rapturous response from the crowd.
The fun show also presented two of the young contestants a relaxed environment to be introduced to the public as the Miss Cook Islands Association gears up for the business end of the Miss Cook Islands campaign.
Contestants selected their order of appearance for the finale night as well as their topic for discussion during the pageant interview segment of the campaign.
The next event for the Miss Cook Islands Association is on Saturday October 10 at the National Auditorium where fashion and art will mix.
On the night the contestants will compete in the swimwear, pareu, rakei wearable art and mu’umu’u category which promises to be another great night of showcasing local talent.
Following the fashion art show, the contestants will attend church on Sunday October 11 before sharing their four minute presentation on a topic they selected during the Rio Carnivale show.
As well as selecting their topic for research, the contestants also selected their order of appearance for the grand finale night on October 17.
The campaign is being supported by the wider community with the Association partnering up with the Ministry of Cultural Development, Ministry of Marine Resources along with the National Environment Services and the Climate Change Unit.
The divisions have been schooling up the contestants on issues of national importance as part of the young women’s professional development on the Miss Cook Islands journey.
The Miss Cook Islands Association contestants in order of appearance for up coming judged competitions is Shontay Iro, Moana Taio, Aloma Moore, Grace Loki, Tumanava Wilmott, Mariana Ngaputa, Allanah Herman-Edgar, Natalia Short, Reny Roi, Josephine Enjoy and Ahlissa Sosene.
For more information on tickets and coming events, check out the Miss Cook Islands Association Facebook page.