A 16-year old schoolgirl Torika Watters has been crowned Miss World Fiji 2012 but her hair is not a ‘buiniga’ or fuzzy enough as reported in news.com.au of 27th April 2012.
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The decision of the judges has drawn wide criticism from Fijians because Torika is not an out-and-out Fijian – she has mixed blood which has denied her from sporting a head of fuzzy hair which is a sort of trademark of Fijian girls.
Torika is of mixed European-Fijian heritage and Fijians feel that her face does not represent the real Fiji – her selection over a number of full blooded indigenous beauties has shocked the locals.
The fact that the judges included non-Fijians like New Zealand supermodel Rachel Hunter has added fuel to fire.
The Miss World 2012 pageant is scheduled to take place in Mongolia on August 18 – Torilka Watters would represent Fiji in that beauty pageant.