Miss Samoa: Pageant draws strong support

By Aruna Lolani ,

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Their Highesses: Masiofo Faamausili and  Head of State, Tuimaleali’ifano Va’aletoa Sualauvi II.

Their Highesses: Masiofo Faamausili and Head of State, Tuimaleali’ifano Va’aletoa Sualauvi II. (Photo: Misiona Simo)

The new Miss Samoa, Alexandra Iakopo, acknowledged her fellow contestants yesterday during their final gathering in Apia as she begins her journey as the face of Samoa in the next 12 months.

The 23-year-old from Sapapali’i, Fusi Safotulafai and Moamoa was crowned on Saturday night at the end of a spectacular show at Tuanaimato.

Ms. Iakopo’s success was hardly surprising as she was consistent throughout the pageant – including all the important pre-pageant interview which was the first judged category of the competition.

“There’s no greater feeling than feeling blessed,” she said. 

Alama Selu, Filemu Samoa.
Alama Selu, Filemu Samoa.
Elisabeth Hunt, Vaimoana Hunt Lee, S.Ioane.
Elisabeth Hunt, Vaimoana Hunt Lee, S.Ioane.
Ford Samoa: Simon, Tagaloa, Victoria, Albino.
Ford Samoa: Simon, Tagaloa, Victoria, Albino.
Leilani Schuster, Fata Ryan.
Leilani Schuster, Fata Ryan.
Malia Naoa Nauer,  Luamanuvae Gaugau Mateo Ah Tong, Salafai Ah Tong, Salamina Ah Tong, Tofi Tofi.
Malia Naoa Nauer, Luamanuvae Gaugau Mateo Ah Tong, Salafai Ah Tong, Salamina Ah Tong, Tofi Tofi.
Pearl Tuioti, Sili Epa Tuioti, Siaumau Mua, Lopaoo Natanielu Mua.
Pearl Tuioti, Sili Epa Tuioti, Siaumau Mua, Lopaoo Natanielu Mua.

“I am thankful to God for this and I just want to give thanks to all my families especially to my sponsor for giving me this opportunity.”

Ms. Iakopo is the second youngest in a family of three brothers and one sister. Her parents are Deacon Isaako Iakopo and Fagamalama Iakopo.

Here are some images from a memorable night.

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