Miss Tahiti is one of the most avidly awaited public events in the country and the most lavish and expensive regional event in all of the French Territories.
Local Tahitians are really passionate about it because the winner becomes the ambassador of Tahiti's image and culture in the world for a year. Miss Tahiti is elected by a jury but also by the population since people can text a number to cast their vote.
She gets a lot of opportunities and she also becomes a challenger to potentially win Miss France in December and Tahitians really want to beat the other regions at this pageant in particular.
Miss Tahiti is different than the other beauty pageants because it becomes a celebration of 'The Vahine' and the pageant also incorporates a catwalk of natural costumes hand made with only natural materials.
Huge numbers of local craft people and designers are involved and there is a dazzling display of local flora and fauna woven into these stunning designs.
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