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Miss Nauru Airlines 2020

The Miss Nauru pageant has been a Nauruan tradition since the 1990s and, this year, Nauru Airlines sponsored the event as part of our 50th anniversary festivities.

The theme for the 2020 competition, 'I am generation equality,' focused on the promotion of women's rights - a particularly timely message with the event coinciding with International Women's Day. 

Winner, Chanique Ebadunga Deiye, 18, was crowned Miss Nauru Airlines 2020. 

Nauru Airlines was thrilled to sponsor Chanique,who embodies all the qualities needed to set a positive example for Nauruan youth, support charitable organisations and promote the art form of fashion. 

She is in her final year of high school and aspires to be a marine biologist and advocate for environmental conservation. She hails from the Iruwa Tribe in Nauru.

"I would like to thank Nauru Airlines for having faith in me and believing that I was capable! Without you reaching out, I wouldn't be here today," Chanique said.

"Being apart of this journey was definitely eye-opening, my pageant sisters and I had a wonderful and exciting experience..nothing like anything else I've ever countered."

Along with her Miss Nauru Airlines title, Chanique now has a contract with the Miss Nauru Organising Committee that will see her attend official engagement in Nauru and internationally, focusing on youth empowerment, women's rights and showcasing couture. 

The Miss Nauru pageant took place from the 14 February to 7 March. Contestants took part in a two week tour of key Nauruan sites, one week of pageant preparation, one day of pageant preparation, of day of pre- pageant interviews and three days of official pageant nights.

The contestants were judged on the categories of best sarong, white dress, traditional island couture, formal wear, as well as their talent and on-stage interview.

To be eligible for entry in the Miss Nauru competition, entrants must be between 18 and 25 years of age, with a school leaver's certificate or letter of recommendation from a school principal and be a part of a Nauruan tribe.

Congratulations Chanique!