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Accept me for who I am, Tyra and Fibby: (Two contestants of Adi Senikau Vodafone Hibiscus Festival 2012)

in FIJI, 01/09/2012

Now these two I'm told are the youngest of the 12 contestants vying for the top title at the Bank of Baroda-sponsored event which will bring together contenders from Central and Western divisions, as well as the Cook Islands.

"CALL us what you like, it doesn't make us any different from the rest of you" - that was the reaction from two contestants at this year's Adi Senikau pageant at the Vodafone Hibiscus Festival.

Sure they appear a certain way most wouldn't approve of, talk and walk a certain way most think makes them look 'silly' - but at the end of the day, they're humans with feelings like the rest of us.

I've worked with the transgender community on several occasions highlighting their various commitments and projects towards a non-discriminatory and equal society. This time around, I had the pleasure of meeting two very unique individuals - Tyra, 18, and Fibby Rounds, an 18-going-on 19-year-old first time participant.

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