Darinka Orcsik, wearing a Croatian Šokac costume of Santovo in Hungary won the folk costume pageant for Croatians abroad. First runner-up was Ivana Kljajić of Bosnia-Herzegovina, wearing a folk costume from the Derventa region and second runner-up was Lidija Sarić in a Bunjevac folk costume from Vojvodina.

Darinka Orcsik, wearing a Croatian Šokac costume of Santovo in Hungary won the folk costume pageant for Croatians abroad. First runner-up was Ivana Kljajić of Bosnia-Herzegovina, wearing a folk costume from the Derventa region and second runner-up was Lidija Sarić in a Bunjevac folk costume from Vojvodina.
The pageant, held before a packed auditorium in Tomislavgrad on the 28th of June, featured twenty-six young women from twenty-one countries in various local Croatian folk costumes, from New Zealand and Australia, to Romania and Kosovo. The Internet vote for Miss Photogenic was won with 1,068 votes by Ingrid Marija Reis Tot, a Croatian from Brazil.
The traditional clothing review and Miss Croatian folk costume pageant in the Croatian communities abroad was organised by the Stećak Association for the Preservation and Promotion of Croatian Traditional Culture, based in Tomislavgrad and by the Croatian Heritage Foundation of Zagreb, under the auspices of the State Office for Croatians Abroad and the Municipality of Tomislavgrad.
“The goal is to bring together Croatians from around the world and to offer support to Croatians in Bosnia-Herzegovina and to bolster their cultural and national identity,” said priest Zvonko Martić, an ethnologist from the Carmel of St Elijah in Zidine, most deserving for the success of this culture event led by Frano Ridjan.
The Internet vote for Miss Photogenic was won with 1,068 votes by Ingrid Marija Reis Tot, a Croatian from Brazil.
Pageant participants were also received by Josip Leko, the president of Croatian Parliament

Darinka Orčik and the Bajski tamburitza players

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