Miss Samoa contestants speak their minds
One of the last remaining activities for the Bluesky Miss Samoa Pageant ahead of the crowning on Saturday night took place at Taumeasina Island Resort on Thursday.
It was the pre-pageant interviews, where contestants were given various topics like, health, education, culture, politics, gender equality, and tourism to prepare presentations and answer questions from judges based on their chosen topics.
Miss Samoa Victoria Incorporated, Tiafau Zahriya Leaoasamoa, spoke about enhancing community development in Samoa.
“Community developments are ways that members of the community can be supported so that they can be happier and have a healthier environment,” she said.
“There are many ways we can enhance community development such as within village councils who are the governing body of the village they ensure that things run smoothly and promote harmony.
“A way to enhance village council is to have more women leaders which include more women being bestowed with chiefly titles and be part of the decision making that affects their families.
“And that will support gender diversity and accountability in the village council by empowering more female voices. We foster hope and inspirations amongst younger women.”
It is so important that communities develop ways in which they can bounce back from climate and disaster events, she stated.
“This can be done by building skills and knowledge around emergency and safety plans and has governmental support in developing infrastructure and making sure members of the community know how to be prepared for emergencies.
“The benefits will have community members are well informed on how to respond upon when disaster struck and where to go when seeking assistance.”
The contestants in this year’s pageant include: Miss Samoa New Zealand, Fonoifafo McFarland-Seumanu; Miss House of Gold, Tofaga Filifili; Miss Samoa Victoria Incorporated,Tiafau Zahriya Leaoasamoa; Miss Samoa New South Wales, Fetui Tuetue; Miss Arilei Couture, Susan Pale; Miss Samoa Los Angeles, Trinity Robertson-Asuega; Miss Lavashe Couture, Grace Tevaga-Foai; Miss Samoa Melbourne Australia, Latisha Ioane; Miss Samoa Australia, Shecki’nah Hadfield.
Contestants will also compete in other categories such as: sarong, talent, traditionally inspired wear, puletasi, and stage interview.
The pageant will be held at the Gym 1, Tuanaimato on the 7th of September. The pageant is organised by Manaia Events Incorporated.