Pacific beauties arrive into Samoa for pageant

By Talaia Mika 28 January 2023, 2:00AM

The five Pacific beauties who will be vying for the Miss Pacific Islands crown are making their way to Samoa for the pageant with Miss Nauru being first on the list.

Alexandra Melody Pitcher representing Nauru landed at the Faleolo International airport on Thursday evening and was welcomed by the current Miss Pacific Islands, Fonoifafo McFarland Seumanu, Miss Samoa, Haylanni Pearl Kuruppu, and members of the Samoa Tourism Authority.

Miss Solomon Islands, Tiare Haro was the second to arrive on Friday 27 January with her chaperone and delegation.

Miss American Samoa, Kauhani Fuimaono and Miss Papua New Guinea, Josie Nicholas will be the last to arrive with their delegations.

Board directors and members for each country are also making their way to Samoa for the pageant and are scheduled to arrive over the weekend.

Prior to her arrival to Samoa, Miss Nauru was being spurred on by history as her mother, Juliana Curry Picther was crowned Miss Samoa in 1981.

Mrs. Pitcher is the proud mother of the current Miss Nauru who also represented Samoa in the Miss World competition in the same year she held the title.

During the Miss Nauru pageant last year in June, the former Miss Samoa was amongst the crowd reportedly taking photos and crying when her daughter was announced the pageant winner.

A photo circulating on social media showcased the mother and daughter with Mrs. Pitcher proudly balancing her daughter's crown on her head.

Mrs. Pitcher is the daughter of a Samoan woman named To'oa Runa. Attempts to seek a comment from the Pitcher duo were unsuccessful.

Meanwhile, it is reported that the five Pacific Island contestants will be in Samoa for the pageant this week.

The 34th Miss Pacific Islands Pageant to be hosted in Samoa will commence on the 29 January to the 4 February and will feature five contestants including Ms. Picther.

Miss American Samoa, Miss Nauru, Miss Papua New Guinea, Miss Solomon Islands and Miss Samoa are confirmed for the pageant.

This was confirmed by the Samoa Tourism Authority's Chief Executive Officer Pativaine Petaia-Tevita in response to questions from the Samoa Observer. 

Confirming the number of contestants for the pageant, which is scheduled to be held from 29 January to 4 February this year, Mrs. Tevita said all preparations are now in their final stage. 

By Talaia Mika 28 January 2023, 2:00AM
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