3 June 2005 – French Polynesia’s winner of the 2003 Miss Tahiti beauty pageant, Heitiare Tribondeau, has been stripped of her title for appearing nude in the June issue of the French version of Newlook magazine. Tribondeau, who was also 4th.Runner-Up in the Miss France 2004 contest, posed naked in natural settings for a six-page spread. Oceania Flash reports the local Miss Tahiti committee reacted immediately and ruled that Ms.Tribondeau be disqualified. Although she had been elected two years ago, she was still bound for five years as a de facto worldwide ambassador of French Polynesia, Oceania Flash said. The contract with the Miss Tahiti Committee also stipulates that prior to any interview or photo shoot she is to notify the Committee for approval. The committee added that in posing nude for such a magazine, the 2003 contest winner had certainly not defended French Polynesia’s ‘culture and tradition’. – highbeam.com & iol.co.za
Miss Tahiti 2003: Heitiare Tribondeau
New Miss Tahiti: She Is Called HEITIARE TRIBONDEAU
After a three-month campaign, 12 candidates were selected for the big election night of Miss Tahiti (three of whom before have made it also to the title of Miss France in the past 20 years).
Heitiare is a bright 20-year old student in Literature at University of French Polynesia. This certainly didn’t keep her from being elected Miss Tahiti 2003 on June 20 during a memorable evening in the gardens of Papeete’s City Hall.
The twelve candidates all had the serious qualities required to win the ultimate title. But the people’s vote by SMS, who for the first time this year accounted for 30% of the final grade, gave advantage to Heitiare Tribondeau, the Polynesians’ favorite.
The first runner-up is named Hina Tetuanui, she is 19, and the third runner-up, 19-year old Ivanui Guillemoto, is also Miss Marquesas 2003.
Heitiare Tribondeau is 1,70 m (5′.’7″) and her nice figure (83-64-82 metric – 33-25-32 inches) seduced all the attending spectators. On the night of the election, she stated that she was at the same time “an independant, a sensitive and a romantic woman” but nevertheless she intends to take her time to find “Mr. Right”.
In the past 25 years, three Miss Tahiti winners were also elected Miss France: Thilda Fuller, in 1980, Mareva George, in 1991, and the last one, Mareva Galanter, in 1998.
Heitiare is due to represent Polynesia in the 2004 Miss World Pageant in China. Despite a dispute between the two Miss Tahiti and Miss France committees, contacts have already been made for a possible participation in the Miss France election in December 2003 in Paris.