Miss Samoa Los Angeles advocates for child abuse victims
The only contestant from America in this year’s Bluesky Miss Samoa Pageant wants to use the pageant as a platform to promote the healing power of faith especially the darkest problems.
Miss Samoa Los Angeles, Trinity Rosalind Robertson-Asuega, is the daughter of Bette and Rev. Ritchie Asuega.
She decided to take up the cause of helping abused children when she visited the Campus of Hope, which is a shelter run under the Samoa Victim Support Group and for children who were victims of abuse in many forms.
“Meeting the children at the campus touched not only my heart but also of my family - once I left I could not get my mind off of it even when I look at other children, I am reminded of those victims," she said.
“I kept thinking of ways I can help whether it is volunteering or providing assistance for them. I know that they are going through a lot and my gifts seem trivial but I believe gifts can help lift their spirits and maybe have a feel of what it feels to be a child.”
The 18-year-old strongly believes that God puts the strongest of people through the hardest of times.
“If they weren’t strong enough, then God would not put you through something like that and my advice for them is to stay strong through faith in God by praying because He will always deliver anyone from any struggle," she said.
Ms. Robertson-Asuega was born in Long Beach, California America and is sponsored by Samoa Ua Tasi.
She has roots in the villages Faleata and Safune.
“It is a privilege to be a voice for our beautiful Los Angeles Samoan women here in Samoa and I am very passionate in ministering to our youth in Colorado by being a part of our worship team and as an active youth member," she said.
“I have been given this honour to be placed on a platform to inspire young Samoan ladies in America and to embrace our culture fully while being far from Samoa.
“My passion in life is serving God because we were made to serve Him. God hand-picked me for to be in the pageant and I will do my best to represent all my family and friends.
"And my role is to spread his word and represent Him by good examples."
Her hobbies include singing, family bonding, softball, church events and cooking and she is she is currently attending Pike Peak College.
“Regardless of age, it is our responsibility Samoan ladies to uphold the highest honor and respect in culture within our community," she said.
“I also joined not only to learn more about the Samoan culture but also for myself to represent the young Samoan women back home in America but even though we were brought up in a different country but we still have the same values.
Her parents and grandmother are her role models because they are always there for her during difficult times.
“I think that I am a product of prayer because of them, I look up to them because even in the worst of times, they are the most positive even if I am so negative their prayers can lift mine. I strive to be like them," she said.
“I thank God for giving me this opportunity and not forgetting families and friends especially my sponsors.”