Miss Bora Bora 2016

“A symbol of kindness, gentleness, elegance & beauty” which ultimately “carries a lifetime status”  –  this is how the official Miss Tahiti site records what underlies a leading beauty pageant winner.

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I do not think that I’ve seen a bigger crowd gathered under the immense white marquis that marks the home of Miss Bora Bora ……….. & they were all there from 7pm until 2am when I departed, all still there enjoying the ambience & dancing to the live band when I left!

Last night 7 candidates presented themselves for election as Miss Bora Bora 2016 in a pageant involving four passes – Day To Day Attire, Bikini, Traditional Costume & Formal Evening Wear.

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Some further snaps taken at various stages throughout an evening of great excitement. In particular there are several shots from the pass in Traditional Costume, attire that is made up 100% from vegetal materials & takes an enormous amount of know-how, dedication & time to produce – mostly at the hands of family & friends. Whilst in such attire the girls are required to dance a tamure of choice & they were unquestionably very skilled. This component of authenticity common to Tahitian pageants gives such events great charm, a sense of uniqueness & in the eyes of tourists re-asserts Bora Bora’s place as what Admiral Louis-Antoine de Bouganville described as “La Nouvelle Cythere” – the island of pleasures in the southern seas.

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There were some wonderfully animated performances in between the various passes undertaken by the candidates including a sensational fire-dance – elsewhere on site you will find full coverage of the night’s Fire Dancing.

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The organisers of this year’s Miss Bora Bora had clearly gone to the effort of ensuring that the girls were properly prepared in matters such as diction, attitude control, fitness, fashion design, diet, style, presence & so on for which they are to be congratulated – it certainly showed in the quality of the evening & it is hoped that organisers can seek out other candidates from the broader ‘general public’ in advance of next year’s pageant.

A clearly emotionally moved winner of Miss Bora Bora just as the result was announced:

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Congratulations Raivaru!

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