Miss Cook Islands does nation proud

Tuesday December 11, 2018 Written by Published in Local
Miss Cook Islands Reihana Koteka- Wiki was welcomed home yesterday afternoon by her grandmother Kathy Koteka (right) and Jackie Tuara-Newnham. 18121031 Miss Cook Islands Reihana Koteka- Wiki was welcomed home yesterday afternoon by her grandmother Kathy Koteka (right) and Jackie Tuara-Newnham. 18121031

Miss Cook Islands Reihana Koteka-Wiki has done our small country proud by ranking in the top 30 for the Miss World pageant held on December 8 in China.

Koteka-Wiki also placed first runner-up for Miss World Oceania and she was the preference of one of the 13 judges for the overall title

“I can’t express how truly grateful I am for this incredible experience,” she said on social media.

“I was all tears backstage.

“I couldn’t believe my ears when they announced our little nation.

“Tonight I held you all in my heart and I’m so humbled to have had such incredible support from all around the world.

“Thank you all so much for your love.”

Miss Vanessa Ponce de Leon representing Mexico was crowned the 68th Miss World, crowned on the world’s biggest stage by last year’s Miss World Manushi Chillar.

Legendary pop group Sister’s Sledge joined the countdown to the biggest event in beauty pageants, taking to the stage with their 1979 hit song “We Are Family”.

Koteka-Wiki thanked the team involved in the preparations for her journey.

“My family who have supported me unconditionally, the Miss Cook Islands Association for providing me with this opportunity to represent my country and for gifting me with this honourable title which I hold so dear to my heart.

“Thank you to all the special people who came and put me on the spot for interview training.

“Out of 100 women, the judges selected 13 contestants based on pre-judging, a big part of that being the private interviews.

“So thank you for preparing me and to everyone for your support.”

To the contestants who participated in the Miss World pageant she says, “I’m so honoured to have had this opportunity to get to know you girls and I can say you are perfect ambassadors of the world.”

Koteka-Wiki featured in the Miss World Top 30 finale and was a judge’s choice, 1st runner-up for Miss World Oceania, a finalist in the talent section (7th overall), in the top 18 for “Beauty with a Purpose”, third in the swimming sports challenge, and a finalist for “Dancers of the World.

The Miss World Final attracts a global TV audience of one billion viewers worldwide. Combined with social media and the Miss World website, the pageant reached more than two billion people in the run-up to the final.

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