Rainbow Sparkle Show


Rainbow Sparkle Show


TRANSGENDER people have a lot to offer the community in terms of their creative abilities. Asides from their contribution to white collar professions, gay people all over the world are some of the leading artisans especially in the fashion and entertainment industries. Fiji is no exception.

The remarkable creativity and imagination of the local transgender community will be shown in various art forms, some of which will be on display at a show called the “Rainbow Sparkle Show”.

Fashion Week Ltd, the organizers of last month’s MHCC FJFW 2013 have teamed up with Haus of Khameleon, a local non-government organization to present the “Rainbow Sparkle Show” from 7pm-9pm at the Suva Civic Auditorium on Wednesday 18th December.

Participants of the Rainbow Sparkle will compete in Dancing, Fashion Designing, Hair and Make Up and Singing.

FJFW Managing Director Ellen Whippy-Knight said the transgender community’s resilience and imagination were often overlooked.

“FWL sees itself as a company which provides avenues of exposure for the many talents in the country,” Mrs Whippy-Knight said. “Very little is done to showcase the talent of this minority group and this has prompted FWL to stage this event in partnership with Haus of Khameleon.”

Haus of Khameleon director, Sulique Waqa said his NGO was committed to promoting the rights of the transgender community.

“We are delighted to be able to partner with FWL, the organizers of Fiji Fashion Week to show their wild yet feminine side and their free spirited and vivacious nature,” Ms Waqa said.

“We are excited to be able to be a part of a show created especially to showcase the talents of our members. This is the first time that we are have a show of our own, not a part of another event so it will be quite exciting.”

The shows main objective is to showcase the resourcefulness and inventive nature of the participants but also to empower the transgender community through expressive art. 

In the fashion and design category, participants are to produce an ‘extravagant’ evening gown which will be judged on concept and inspiration, garment construction, quality control and final presentation. Prizes include a $300 cash prize and trophy and the runner up wins $200.

In the hair and make up category, participants are to produce hairtstyles which are ‘outrageous’ and they will be judged on overall style and creative approach and the total appearance inclusive of hair, headdress, make up, clothes, nails and accessories. Prizes include a $300 cash prize and trophy and the runner up wins $200.

In the Dancing category, there will be 10 participants judged on choice of music, costume and preparations, creativity, choreography and formation, x-factor and overall performance. Prizes include a $300 cash prize and trophy and the runner up wins $200.

In the Singing category, there will be 10 participants judged on general vocal ability, song choice, pitch, stage presence and appearance. Prizes include a $300 cash prize and trophy and the runner up wins $200

“It is our aim to make this event an annual one and eventually expand it Pacific wide,” Mrs Whippy-Knight said. “Transgender communities are a celebrated part of many Pacific cultures and it is our hope that this competition will lend weight and importance to this community.”


Notes: Auditions begin 10am to 3pm Saturday 9th November at the FJFW Office. Ring 9985625 to enquire.
Media Contact: lice@fijifashionweek.com.fj  or tel: 9951891

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