Seven vye for the Miss Samoa Victoria 2017 Crown
Seven beautiful SUGA’s will compete in the Miss Samoa Victoria Pageant tomorrow night in Altona, Melbourne. They are Carol Talalupe (M5 Island wear), Olivia Howman (Essential Recruitment), Adele Fa’aosofia (JNL Financial Services), Laila Purcell (KK Design), Hope Tanuvasa (Cheetahs), Feagaiga Pasa (Conrock Australia) and Irene Monalisa Siania (Tasioleloto Group).
The pageant has been reprised in the Melbourne Samoan community after 18 years of absence when the first Miss Samoa Victoria Gina Tafea had won the crown back in 1999. The pageant comeback has created excitement with the locals.
Directors Aumua To’afa and Pulotu Canada Alofa McCarthy have been humbled by the amount of support and excitement for the show.
“We already have young women registering their interest for next year’s pageant!” says Pulotu.
Although the regional pageant has made a comeback, Pulotu says the absence does not phase them from finding a winner who can then go on to take out the Miss Samoa competition.
“We are looking for someone to go all the way. To take out the Miss Samoa and then the Miss South Pacific.”
Prominent members of the local Pacific community thanked the directors for the initiative saying that there is now an event that Pacific young women are eyeing up and striving towards.
The girls have made appearances at local community events in the past few weeks leading up to the final showdown tomorrow night. Their presence turned heads at the Samoa Tourism Roadshow earlier this week.
At the pre-pageant last night, the girls each gave ten minute presentations on current relevant topics affecting Samoan youth from mental and physical health issues, politics in Samoa including child vendors and poverty, and the rising success of young Samoans in film and television.
Each presentation was articulated with ease and confidence from each of the contestants, most who are university students and some who are also running their own businesses further highlighting an impressive calibre of contestants.
Special judge One Thousand Ropes Actress and Former Miss Samoa contestant Lagi Farani said that this was a strong line up of intelligent and educated young tama’ita’i.
“It’s going to be hard to pick a winner. They are all so very impressive.”