Miss Samoa 2017: The most exciting pageant yet
OPINION: Nine gorgeous SUGA’s will compete for the Miss Samoa 2017 title at the famous Teuila Festival next week.
The girls looked relaxed and happy as they kicked off the week-long pre-pageant activities yesterday. First stop: meeting the Samoa Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi to learn more about Samoa’s developments as a nation.
This year’s Miss Samoa competition could be the most exciting yet – but for all the wrong reasons.
The legal battle surrounding Miss Samoa Victoria Adele Faaosofia’s journey to Miss Samoa has tainted what should be a happy time for the stunning 21-year-old.
The Miss Samoa Victoria pageant night held in Melbourne on July 29th left many attendees who had paid for seats, stranded and angry. Videos went viral on social media, a petition was passed around and a community outcry soon followed.
Those events led to Ms Faaosofia’s decision to part ways with the pageants organisers.
But the headstrong young woman has since presented herself with such dignity, class and a maturity beyond her years.
Backed by her new representatives Miss Samoa Victoria Incorporated, the beauty queen arrived in Samoa a few days ago after much support and quick fundraising by MSVI and the Victorian Samoan community. Just a month ago, she probably wasn’t so sure if she could make it to Samoa.
The support and determination from the Victorian community in their efforts to support Ms Faaosofia has been nothing short of admirable and their efforts should be applauded.
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Some exaggerated marketing ploys would use ‘publicity stunts’ as a strategy to attract more interest to an event. But for Samoa-world, this drama was no publicity stunt. It was the real thing!
But you know what they say, some bad publicity is better than no publicity at all and if anything, the recent headaches have only pumped up the Miss Samoa event even more – for the organisers and for Miss Samoa followers (which no doubt there are more now).
It is proving to be (arguably) the most exciting and interesting Miss Samoa pageant yet. Those who snoozed off pageants in recent years are now sitting upright, ears pricked up wondering (genuinely) who the winner will be next Saturday night.
However, I do have to ask: Will judges be influenced by the recent events mentioned above? That influence could be an advantage or disadvantage for ALL of the contestants. Or will the judges be neutral, unbiased and unphased by the media stories highlighting the recent dramas? We hope for the latter.
Every single one of these girls deserves a fair go. But I have faith Samoa will choose the right winner like they always have.
Wishing all the contestants the very best. Give it your all but more importantly, have fun.