• MISS HEILALA PAGEANT GRAND BALL FINALE + KALOLAINE FUNGANITAO FAREWELL SPEECH

    MISS HEILALA PAGEANT GRAND BALL FINALE + KALOLAINE FUNGANITAO FAREWELL SPEECH

    The Miss Heilala Pageant Grand Ball Finale 2019 was held last night in the Kingdom of Tonga after a week of festivities and categories the girls competed in including talent, tau'olunga, island creation & sarong as well as pre-pageant interviews. Unfortunately the event was overshadowed by the events that followed when attempts were made to silence Miss Heilala 2018, Kalo Funganitao after Miss Heilala organisers unplugged her microphone during her final speech when she started to voice her struggles in the past year, including criticizing them for their lack of support at the Miss Pacific Islands beauty pageant held in Nuku'alofa last year.  You can watch Kalo's full speech in the video above as well as in the live video below by one of the contestants when the committee turned Kalolaine's microphone off. {{13394}} Lastly, congratulations to newly crowned Miss Heilala 2019 Yehenara Soukop. {{13399}}

  • Mr Tahiti 2018 Highlights

    Mr Tahiti 2018 Highlights

    Skuxx Levels 100 at Mr Tahiti 2018. Check out all the action from the 2018 pageant and like any competition there can be only one! 

  • Keepin it Fresh at the Miss Pacific Islands pageant in Tonga!

    Keepin it Fresh at the Miss Pacific Islands pageant in Tonga!

    The Miss Pacific Islands pageant returned to the Kingdom of Tonga - catch highlights of the float parade & the pageant itself right here!

  • MISS PACIFIC ISLANDS 2018

    MISS PACIFIC ISLANDS 2018

    Watch the live stream coverage of Miss Pacific Islands 2018 held in the Kingdom of Tonga. Island Formal Ball, Stage interview, prizes & crowning 

  • MISS TAHITI 2018

    MISS TAHITI 2018

    Miss Tahiti 2018 - Watch as some of the most beautiful, gracious and talented Tahitian woman come together and compete for the title of Mis Tahiti 2018.

  • Mr Tahiti 2018

    Mr Tahiti 2018

    By Are Raimbault  Every year ten, handsome Tahitian men compete for the hearts & votes of French Polynesia and the title of MR TAHITI.  The pageant is always a big hit in Tahiti with the show taking place at the Le Meridien Resort. {{10909}} It's the premier male beauty pageant in Tahiti and has been running for more than twenty years.  The Mr Tahiti winner receives sponsored gifts & is appointed Tahiti's ambassador representing the country in culture & image along with Miss Tahiti for a whole year.  {{10914}} Following an intense social media campaign where each challenger works at gathering an online following, they then walk the catwalk in different categories surf wear, swim wear, traditional costume and evening wear. They are also required to showcase their talent.   Mr Tahiti is elected by the public through texting and a jury made up of beauty pageant specialists & sponsors. {{10924}} Moya B, a member of the committee tells us "This year we decided to go for the theme of the Ocean.  We took the candidates out in nature in order to promote environmental awareness among the young public that follows the pageant.  Of course a healthy mind in a healthy body are required to become Mister Tahiti but the most important part is the human values". {{10940}} The pageant is also a great opportunity for local creators to express their artistry and showcase their work during the very anticipated traditional costume catwalk. Each year the level of details and attention put into the pieces seem to get closer to "Haute Couture" as demonstrated by the night's shark/warrior inspired best costume that was awarded to the famous tahitian designer Christopher Prenat. {{11001}} The show's producer Alexandre Taliercio says "The competition is a true reflection of today's Polynesia as it has a lot of beautiful ethnic mixing and the guys come from very different social backgrounds." {{10959}} After an amazing show, Tamahei Pahoeani was crowned Mr Tahiti 2018.   He told us right after the announcement "It's a mix of emotions of joy and stress at the same time. It's weird! I really didn't expect this victory as we were all handsome and qualified for the title. I would like to use this platform to bring awareness to the protection of our lagoon and nature. We are lucky enough to still have a beautiful Fenua and we should protect it, not only for ourselves but also for the future generations" {{10995}} The top four placings are  - Mr Tahiti - Tamahei Pahoeani - 1st Runner Up : Pua Tai Hikutini - 2nd Runner Up : Eremoana Manuel - 3rd Runner Up (Mr Heiva) : Heiki Haoatai {{10966}} {{10972}} {{10987}} {{10990}}

  • Miss Samoa Pre pageant interviews

    Miss Samoa Pre pageant interviews

    Pre pageant interviews with the 9 Miss Samoa 2018 contestants held at the Savaiian Hotel in Lalomalava, Savai'i.

  • Miss Samoa Pageant 2018 Highlights Part 2

    Miss Samoa Pageant 2018 Highlights Part 2

    Highlights from the Miss Samoa pageant in Savai'i including the pageants trip to Savaii on Lady Samoa III, their arrival in Salelologa, village scenes, welcoming Ava Ceremony & interviews with the President  of the Samoa Savai'i Tourism Association.

  • Miss Heilala 2018

    Miss Heilala 2018

    The recent Miss Heilala pageant has had rumours run rife and huge shade being slung all over social media about the controversial winning decision. Miss Heilala 2018 Kalo Funganitao was crowned to a cacophony of boos from some of the audience, and allegations of rigging with her sponsor Apraxus also being a main pageant sponsor. {{9690}} {{9680}} The Tongan community from inside and outside of Tonga had this to say about the Miss Heilala 2018 pageant, but also Island pageants in general -  Lisiate T Wolfgram  The problem is that I feel pageant organizers for a while now are unclear of their mandate and vision. They also have not factored in that, globally, gender roles for women have evolved, women are gaining more equality, women are more empowered and are owning their own voices and speaking their truths. So, while it is encouraging to witness that some contestants were doing this, speaking about uncomfortable topics such rape, sexual violence and youth violence, this contestant was able to articulate these talking points from a position of privilege as a diasporic Tongan, whereas this would be much more difficult for a local Tongan because she is culturally bound to social taboos when speaking about sex. {{9694}} So if pageant organizers are more cognizant of power dynamics in a cultural and social context, the more effective solution that would have long term positive impact on Tonga society would be empowering local Tongan young women to advocate for themselves, because diasporic winners of the pageant are not bound to live in Tonga after they serve their one year, and even then, they haven’t grew up in Tonga to fully develop meaningful insights so they can articulate these issues in their platforms in a way that is meaningful. That’s just one example of how the pageant needs to evolve to meet the reality of a changing world and changing values. {{9718}} The drama with the recent pageant is similar to previous years. There will always be people unhappy with the results, there will always be accusation of pageant rigging, and that's just the nature of pageants. However, I see no efforts in the past and currently to mitigate those concerns, and there is an accusation from the 1st runner up that the entourage of the winner came backstage while they were all waiting to be brought out for the final announcements. She said in a Facebook post that her entourage came and prepped her in the back for her crowning in the midst of the other contestants. We don't know if there's any truth to that, but this is what I mean by mitigating: putting safeguards in place to maintain the integrity of the pageant. For all we know, this could have been just a problem of logistics, not having security in the back to make sure no one is coming in and out of the back, but because of the lack of organization, it can easily come across as cheating/pageant rigging. Or, she could be just telling the truth. {{9721}} So what usually happens is that people are on social media fighting over the results, and it's really bad this year with even contestants getting in on the action, meanwhile, no one is questioning the pageant organizers, hold them accountable, what transparency measures are in place, they get away with this lack of organization and putting on a shitty pageant every year, and they court contestants from overseas because they believe it brings prestige to the pageant and for sure it is an economic driver because the families of contestants drop lots of money on the pageant and also while they are in Tonga for Heilala week. {{9719}} . Indira Stewart (Former Miss Heilala contestant) Watching the way the contestants behaved once this year's Miss Heilala was crowned was shocking. Politics or not, whether you agree with the judges or not, there is something special in keeping your dignity in public defeat. Humility, modesty and respect are values expected of Tongan women and those competing in Miss Heilala should know that they are on a platform as role models to other young Tongan girls. The behaviour they displayed was revealing of their character and their low standard of faka'apa'apa (respect) and fakatokilalo (humility). {{9737}} Ofakilevuka guttenbeil likiliki Beauty pageants are outdated. If what we are looking for are young empowered women who can give voice to the issues faced by the youth and in particular, young women, then we need to shift the platform from beauty pageants that judge girls on things that are totally irrelevant in today’s society. We need to be creating spaces that embrace a holistic definition of beauty: and dismantling what beauty pageants have created all over the world - a one perspective or view of beauty that all women and girls should be measured against. There are so many other ways in which we can indentifying young women ambassadors. {{9698}} I never comment on Miss Heilala but something is bugging me... Why are people, who are defending the recently crowned Miss Heilala 2018, contradicting themselves saying things like: * it’s not all about beauty * she’s not the prettiest, but.... * the runner up was prettier, but.... Really??? Who defines beauty? On what basis is beauty defined? Is it through a western concept of beauty - looking for the more sharper and fairer features, or lighter hair shade as opposed to Tongan features? {{9701}} She looks very Tongan to me. Would have loved it more had she let her hair down in its natural curls. But that just goes to show how even with our #PolynesianHair we are taught to believe that straighter is better. We got to embrace #TonganBeauty and stop looking for a diluted western concept of beauty... there are millions of western looking women - what we need to do is celebrate and be proud of #TonganBeauty before it becomes something we don’t recognize anymore..... #JustSaying #ItsMissHeilalaNOTmissRoseORsunflower #SheIsBeautiful #TonganBeauty {{9710}} Bullying and online violence should never be condoned. If this is what our young people are exposed to - and is their experience of what a Miss Heilala pageant is - the. We really need to rethink about why we are still holding these events. What about bringing back the National Youth Parliament and holding it during Heilala? The winning Miss Heilala, Kalo, said she wanted to use the Heilala pageant as a platform to raise issues. I totally respect and proud of her for saying that. BUT here’s the thing; I cannot name one Miss Heilala from past years who had advocated or lobbied for a social or youth issue in Tonga. So maybe we have to face the harsh reality and accept that perhaps the Miss Heilala is just but a ‘Beauty Pageant’ {{9723}} This is NOT the Tonga or Samoa 20-30 years ago when beauty pageants were just what it was. There is a growing destructiveness about them now - just like we have witnessed over the last 48 hours Something needs to be done! {{9728}}

  • Miss Tahiti 2018

    Miss Tahiti 2018

    {{9336}} Miss Tahiti is one of the most avidly awaited public events in the country and the most lavish and expensive regional event in all of the French Territories.  {{9317}} Local Tahitians are really passionate about it because the winner becomes the ambassador of Tahiti's image and culture in the world for a year. Miss Tahiti is elected by a jury but also by the population since people can text a number to cast their vote. {{9329}} She gets a lot of opportunities and she also becomes a challenger to potentially win Miss France in December and Tahitians really want to beat the other regions at this pageant in particular. {{9311}} Miss Tahiti is different than the other beauty pageants because it becomes a celebration of 'The Vahine' and the pageant also incorporates a catwalk of natural costumes hand made with only natural materials. Huge numbers of local craft people and designers are involved and there is a dazzling display of local flora and fauna woven into these stunning designs.  {{9337}} The top four competitors are :  - Miss Tahiti : Vaimalama Chaves - 1st Runner Up : Emehe Dezerville - 2nd Runner Up : Vehi Boudot - Miss Heiva (3rd Runner Up) : Tihina Ropiteau {{9323}} {{9331}}

  • Keepin it Fresh at Miss Pacific Islands 2017

    Keepin it Fresh at Miss Pacific Islands 2017

    We're keepin it Fresh with the Miss Pacific Islands 17/18 contestants in Nadi, Fiji!  

  • Miss Pacific Islands 2017

    Miss Pacific Islands 2017

    Miss Pacific Islands 2017 currently going down in Fiji! Don't miss out on the live action. 

  • MISS NIUE AOTEAROA 2017

    MISS NIUE AOTEAROA 2017

    An Australian-based Niuean wins Miss Niue Aotearoa 2017. Valencia Lama, an 18 year old living in Sydney, has become the first Australian-based Niuean to win the crown of Miss Niue Aotearoa. The year 12 student who is completing her final year of high school, says she’s ready for the challenge. “I’m so excited for the journey and the impact I’m going to have on the young people,” she says through her tears. {{5943}} “I’ve had so much support from my family in Aotearoa New Zealand and those who have come from all over Auckland to support me, and today I’m taking home the crown, that was the ultimate goal.” Valencia, who’s father is Tibetan, told the crowd during her interview that her living in Australia should not deter the judges from selecting her for the title. The judges unanimously agreed and despite being the youngest on the stage, Valencia won the interview section with her conviction, and picked up the talent and sarong sections also. {{5945}} 1st runner up went to Shawn Lomu who is quarter Niuean, quarter Tongan and half Papua New Guinean, and won the crowd over with her endearing encouragement of other young Niuean girls to “just do it!” {{5947}} 2nd runner up is Esa-Jayne Peika, an Auckland University music major who played the saxophone, keyboard and sang during her talent. {{5949}} 3rd runner up Haylee Osikai Esela’s love for heritage through art is reflected in her cultural wear, made by a team of women using traditional Niuean materials. {{5951}} 4th runner up went to Katherine Haletama Fatamaka and her cultural wear was a tribute to her grandfather who was among the islands best fishermen. {{5953}} 5th runner up day care reliever Leilah Tohovaka Fa’amausili wore a cultural garment that reflected both her Niuean and and Maori heritage such as hiapo and flax. {{5955}} 6th runner up was Addison Ioane who showed the crowd how to make one of the island’s most revered dishes, the takihi. {{5957}} . OTHER CATEGORY PLACINGS: Miss Photogenic: Haylee Osikai Esela Miss Congeniality: Katherine Haletama Fatamaka Miss Fitness: Addison Ioane {{5967}} Miss Personality: Shawn Lomu Miss Social Media: Haylee Osikai Esela Miss Dance: Katherine Haletama Fatamaka Miss Vagahau Niue: Haylee Osikai Esela Miss Vagahau Niue in media: Esa-Jayne Peika {{5965}}  . Best Sarong: Valencia Lama {{5963}} Best Talent: Valencia Lama Best Evening Wear: Shawn Lomu Best Cultural Wear: Shawn Lomu {{5961}} Best interview: Valencia Lama  . 6th Runner up: Addison Ioane 5th Runner up: Leilah Tohovaka Fa’amausili 4th Runner up: Katherine Haletama Fatamaka 3rd Runner up: Haylee Osikai Esela 2nd Runner up: Esa-Jayne Peika 1st Runner up: Shawn Lomu Miss Niue Aotearoa 2017: Valencia Lama . {{5959}}

  • Get to know Maine Kuki Airani (Miss Cook Islands) 2017 - Lydia Simonis Tariu

    Get to know Maine Kuki Airani (Miss Cook Islands) 2017 - Lydia Simonis Tariu

    Russia and Polynesia are on opposite sides of the map and are pretty unlikely crossing of cultures. You would think .... until the chance meeting of the parents of Lydia SImonis Tariu, who brought together the cultural elements of these two cultures together in the wonderful way that produced a lineage of proud Russian Kuki Airani children. {{5562}} Lydia is one of the three children of this union who is passionate about coming from the small Island of Atiu - the island she recently represented on stage as a dancer at the recent Te Maeva Nui festival. Lydia spent a couple of months recently in Rarotonga during the festival, rehearsing for the highly competitive  dance showcase, and also appearing in the popular Rakei Manava wearable arts show.  {{5565}} Her unusual heritage has also been a hot topic as she took out the top tiara in a Miss Cook Islands pageant, putting Aitu on the map and also highlighting the many cultural mixes that goes into what makes a Kuki Airani person in todays' cosmopolitan Pacific.   {{5568}} Its been a heritage not without its challgenges as she tells the Coconet - particularly in the often racist and restrictive small towns of Australia where she grew up "Growing up in Australia I used to get teased because of my skin colour and I guess because I looked different.  The kids'd be like 'Whats the colour of poo?  It's YOU!'  {{5572}} My Mother is of Russian heritage and my father is from the island of Atiu. My father went to Australia for dancing and my Mum is a first generation Australian born Russian.  Her parents went to Australia in World War 2.  So they met in Australia.  {{5575}} Being raised in a mixed heritage household, both cultures are similar in a few areas like discipline, our morals & respect for elders.  It was a really rewarding thing because I've always had a lot of family around me and I felt really enriched with who I was. Both my parents are Catholic but other than that the cultures are quite different.  Russian culture is such an old culture and Cook Island culture is old as well but I'd say the Russian culture is a bit more advanced. {{5578}} Our food would be mostly different but we do have a couple of things that are similar.  Cook Islanders have Mayonese and Russians do a potato salad but they don't include beetroot with it, it's definitely just sour cream, chives, spring onions & a lot of it is the same pretty much.  I think if Cook Islanders were to try Russian food they would fall in love.  Russians have a meal called Piroshki which is exactly like the Cook Islands doughnut but it has meat in the middle and I think if Cook Islanders were to try it they'd love it so much!" {{5581}} #ICYMI Lydia was also featured in last years 'Pacific Runway' in Sydney, Australia {{5583}} Enjoy this video of her dancing in the Logtronix 'Aso' video with her sister Tiare and former Miss Pacific Islands Latafale Auva'a  {{5582}}

  • INTRODUCING MISS SAMOA 2017 - ALEXANDRA IAKOPO

    INTRODUCING MISS SAMOA 2017 - ALEXANDRA IAKOPO

    Alexandra Iakopo who nearly didn't enter the pageant as she 'thought she wasn't good enough' brought the house down with the sheer originality of her performance, puletasi design and confident interview answers. {{5292}} Judge Cecelia Keil said Alexandra emerged more and more as the clear winner as the night progressed with the way she held herself and her crowd pleasing talent section. "I see her as someone who can really go on to represent the region and be a great ambassador - she also has a great natural Samoan look and poise about her that will stand out at Miss Pacific Islands" Alexandra performed a mock news style skit as a TV presenter brining the issues of Samoa to TV screens for her talent, topping it off with a hilarious Michael Jackson dance which won the hearts of the crowd. {{5294}} Her puletasi also included this spirit of originality, the two piece with a gospel choir style cape reflecting her village of Sapali'i where the missionaries first arrived.  . FULL RESULTS: MISS SAMOA 2017 - Miss House Of Gold Alexandra Iakopo! She also won Miss Personality (Voted on by her fellow contestants), Best Talent & Best Interview {{5296}} We also congratulate the following category winners & runners up: Miss Photogenic & Miss Internet:  Miss EMD, Karameli Oriana Schuster Miss National Tourism: Miss Original Style, Natasha Darryl Best Sarong: Miss Samoa NSW, Fasi Faitala Talimatasi Liolevave Best Puletasi: Miss Samoa Victoria, Adele Faaosofia Best Traditional Inspired award: Miss Samoa Victoria,  Adele Faaosofia {{5298}} 4th runner up:  Miss Samoa NZ, Natalie Leitulagi Toevai 3rd runner up:  Miss Tapz Fashion, Naitosala Jane Schuster 2nd runner up:  Miss Victoria, Adele Faaosofia 1st runner up: Miss NSW, Fasi Faitafa Talimatasi Liolevave {{5302}} For our full set of pageant pictures click here 

  • MISS SAMOA 2017 CONTESTANTS

    MISS SAMOA 2017 CONTESTANTS

    Deliciousness was on the table and on the skin today for the Miss Samoa contestants at Le Petit Cafe. {{5244}} While they tasted siamu popo crepes and the cafe's signature organic produce we put some very serious lifestyle questions to them: {{5247}} Jason Momoa or the Rock?  Jason Momoa  Sei in the ear or in the bun?  Ear  Puletasi or Mu'umu'u?  Puletasi  Weapon of Choice - Jandals or Nifo Oki?  Jandals  Whats the biggest issue for you in the Pacific?  I care about promoting our Healthy eating and organic food {{5250}} Oka & Taro or Fish & Chips?  Oka & Taro  You could only live with one for the rest of your life - Heels or Makeup?  Heels  Perfect date is cocktails at the Marina or dinner at Pinatis?  Dinner at Pinati's   Fave swim spot in Samoa?  To Sua Trench  Whats the biggest issue for you in the Pacific? Quality Education, that will definitely improve everything in our development {{5253}} When you wake up in the morning are you Te Fiti or Te Ka?  Te Ka  Umu or BBQ?  BBQ Jason Momoa or The Rock?  Jason Momoa  Puletasi or Mu'umu'u?  Puletasi  Whats the biggest issue for you in the Pacific? Customer service - how to put our best foot forward in samoa {{5258}} Sei on the ear or sei on the bun?  Sei on the ear  Perfect date is cocktails at the marina or dinner at Pinatis?  Pinatis  Weapon of choice - Nifo Oki or Jandal?  Jandals  You could only live with one for the rest of your life - Heels or Makeup?  Makeup  When you wake up in the morning are you Te Fiti or Te Ka?  Te Fiti  {{5261}} Jason Momoa or the Rock?  The Rock  Sei in the ear or in the bun?  Ear  Puletasi or Mu'umu'u?  Puletasi  Weapon of Choice - Jandals or Nifo Oki?  Jandals  Perfect date - cocktails at the marina or dinner at Pinatis?  Cocktails at the Marina  {{5264}} When you wake up in the morning are you Te Fiti or Te Ka?  Te Ka  Umu or BBQ?  Umu  Jason Momoa or The Rock?  Jason Momoa  Puletasi or Mu'umu'u?  Puletasi  Whats the biggest issue for you in the Pacific?  Animal welfare around the Pacific is something I care about {{5267}} Jason Momoa or the Rock?  The Rock  Oka & Taro or Fish n Chips?  Oka & Taro  Puletasi or Mu'umu'u?  Puletasi  Fave swimming spot?  Vavau   Whats the biggest issue for you in the Pacific? Violence against women & children {{5270}}  Oka & Taro or Fish & Chips?  Oka & Taro  You could only live with one for the rest of your life - Heels or Makeup?  Make-Up  Perfect date is cocktails at the Marina or dinner at Pinatis?  Dinner at Pinati's   Fave swim spot in Samoa?  Rock Pool, Sliding Rocks  Whats the biggest issue for you in the Pacific? Dengue Fever  {{5273}} Jason Momoa or the Rock?  Jason Momoa  Sei in the ear or in the bun?  Ear  Puletasi or Mu'umu'u?  Puletasi  Weapon of Choice - Jandals or Nifo Oki?  Jandals  Whats the biggest issue for you in the Pacific? I'm worried about Mental health issues in Samoa and care around this

  • MISS COOK ISLANDS 2017 HIGHLIGHTS

    MISS COOK ISLANDS 2017 HIGHLIGHTS

    Highlights from the Miss Cook Islands 2017 pageant held in the lead up to Te Maeva Nui in Rarotonga.

  • Mr. Tahiti 2017

    Mr. Tahiti 2017

    Mr Tahiti - Where some of Tahiti's most beautiful men compete for the title of Mr. Tahiti 2017! Stay tuned for what the audience think would make a great Mr. Tahiti.

  • MISS GALAXY - Opening night highlights

    MISS GALAXY - Opening night highlights

    The 24th Miss Galaxy pageant was held at the Queen Salote Memorial Hall in the Kingdom showcasing the creativity and talents of the leitis. It was once again an absolutely fabulous show - here are highlights from the opening night.

  • Introducing the Miss Heilala 2017 contestants

    Introducing the Miss Heilala 2017 contestants

    Meet your Miss Heilala 2017 pageant contestants vying for the crown in the Kingdom of Tonga this year ...

  • Miss SOFIAs Pageant 2017

    Miss SOFIAs Pageant 2017

    The Miss SOFIAS Pageant is one of the most anticipated events in all of American Samoa.  This year’s theme was ‘Carousel of Curiosity’ and it was a night filled with colour, vibrancy, and life! The Society of Fa’afaafine in American Samoa - SOFIAS, holds as its motto “Ia e Ola Malamalama I lou Fa’asinomaga” or “Be of Virtue and Pride in Your Identity”.  SOFIAS aims to align itself and work collaboratively with fa'afafine and the LGBTI community in American Samoa, the Asia Pacific region, and the world. To be able to attend this year’s Miss SOFIAS pageant was an absolute pleasure. One word I would use to describe the event would be ‘overwhelming’. From the opening performance, to the extravagant costumes, to the award winning talents and interviews, I was truly overwhelmed. Five gorgeous contestants vied for the prestigious title, competing in Lady SOFIAS, Swimsuit, Talent, and Interview categories. The winner of all four categories, a crowd favourite, and newly crowned Miss SOFIAS 2017, was the lovely Miss Eden Brown. Eden wowed us with her majestic gowns and moved us with her emotional talent. Starting with a powerful spoken word piece and ending with a beautiful rendition of ‘Rise Up’ by Andra Day. I was given the chance to catch up with Eden after the pageant and we talked about how fa’afafine pageants usually have a large focus on the element of entertainment. When asked why it was important for her to touch on a more serious social issue she replied, “We’ve all seen the entertainment part of fa’afafine pageants and I thought I’d bring a much more emotional and inspiring element to the stage. My talent was based around my platform of living healthy and being able to inspire and empower others. I am a teacher at our local high school and I decided to incorporate some of the issues affecting the youth and our community (e.g. Inclusion and Acceptance). I believe these issues can all be resolved when we put our differences aside and try to uplift and empower one another. With my passion of writing and singing I hope my talent served as a reminder for everyone to push past the ignorance and hate, and Rise up.” Eden’s message to all fa’afafine that struggle with acceptance is “Please be yourself and never let negativity “CLOUD AND RAIN ON YOUR PARADE”. Inspire and empower others and everything will fall into place. ALWAYS REMEMBER TO PRAY and keep in mind that IT CAN GET BETTER.” Thank you Eden for sharing your empowering message with the world; you are a true inspiration to all. Ladies and Gentlemen, presenting your Miss SOFIAS American Samoa 2017/

  • Miss Heilala 2016 - Laura Lauti

    Miss Heilala 2016 - Laura Lauti

    Check out the beautiful tau'olunga by the newly crowned Miss Heilala - Miss Loumalie Lodge, Laura Lauti! Laura beat 10 other contestants to not only claim the overall title, but she also won the island creation section, talent and tau'olunga competitions.  She currently is studying business in LA and is also signed to to a modelling agency in New York.

  • MISS SAMOA 2016 BEAUTIES CROWNED

    MISS SAMOA 2016 BEAUTIES CROWNED

    Congratulations to our newly crowned Miss Samoa NZ & Miss Samoa Australia! Both the Miss Samoa NZ & Miss Samoa Australia pageants were held over the weekend with the 2015/2016 reigning beauty queens - Christina Taefu (Miss Samoa NZ) and Ariana Taufao (Miss Samoa AU) relinquishing their crowns to the new 2016/2017 winners. The Miss Samoa NZ pageant also celebrated 25 years!  Congratulations to our beautiful Miss Samoa NZ 2016 - Naomi Fruean  Miss Samoa NZ 2015/2016 Christina Taefu about to crown the 1st Runner Up. Miss Samoa NZ Naomi Fruean with 2014/2015 winner Latafale Auva'a, Miss Samoa NZ pageant Director Te'eva Matafai & others. Photo Credit:  Fata Tuialii Photography And congratulations to our Miss Samoa Australia 2016 - Miriama Meafou  Miss Samoa Australia 2015/2016 & current Miss Samoa - Ariana Taufao Photo Credit:  Miss Samoa Australia FB page 

  • Beauty with a Purpose

    Beauty with a Purpose

    Auckland Samoa Fa'afafine Association Beauty Pageant - More than just a Fa'afafine beauty pageant - it is Beauty with a purpose. Phylesha Brown-Acton, a former winner of two national and one international beauty pageants, explores the Miss Auckland Samoa Fa’afafine Association Beauty Pageant and unearths a support system that provides kinship and solidarity. Phylesha Brown-Acton (2nd from left, who was Miss Le Penina 1997, Miss Gardenia NZ 1999 & Miss Galaxy 2003) with Miss Queen of Queens 1997 Freda Waterhouse (Far Left), Miss ASFA 2015 Jessica Hunt Auva'a (Middle), Miss Samoa Fa'afafine 2015/16 Steva Auina (2nd from right) and Miss Universal Show Queen 2006 Cocoa Chandelier It was deja vu for me, 13 years after the last beauty pageant I had won at the Vodafone Events Centre in Manukau – it seemed all too familiar.  It bustled like a chaotic domestic airport, suitcases being wheeled in, high heels clanking against the cement floor, large costume boxes carted here and there, chaperones rushing to changing rooms from the car park, collecting endless items for contestants backstage, the energy and vibe of competition high.  At front of house, people queuing in a line that seemed endless, selfies galore, chatter, laughter and excitement filled the air.  In the main auditorium, the stage set and decorated, seats allocated for 400 people, organisers frantically applying the last minute touches before the doors open, anxiety ripe.  A sold out event, the pageant being an event strongly supported by Auckland's Samoan and Pasifika communities.  Backstage prep with the contestants Rewind 29 years and Fa'afafine beauty pageants were situated in tiny nightclubs throughout Auckland, the emphasis always on humour and entertainment.  Contestants had to contend with smaller stages, limited audience numbers, no social media, smoke filled venues, handmade tiaras and an event rarely covered by media.  Recently fa’afafine beauty pageants in Auckland have dwindled in popularity seeing a decline in the early 2000’s. There were questions raised with night club/bar owners about the profits benefitting their own establishments and not the interests of the fa’afafine community. The pageant last Saturday night is one that is building momentum by the ASFA as a way to positively showcase its fa’afafine community, provide opportunities and develop initiatives that have been led & grown by fa’afafine, for fa’afafine.  Miss Queen of Queens 1987-88, Freeda Waterhouse (Aucklands 1st Fa'afafine winner) & Miss Samoa Fa’afafine 2015-16, Steva Auina.   Show time kicks off, the audience erupts into a furore, contestants are beautiful, glamourous and confident, costumes and gowns are show stoppers and the programme runs to a tight schedule led by mistress of ceremonies Miss Tara Apa. The pageant theme being "Beauty with a purpose" encourages contestants to bring more to the stage than just humour, it was very clear that the contestants had solid platforms, all representing strong messages about their pride in being fa'afafine & sending messages to community about their existence, their voice and visibility.    "The reason I entered Miss Auckland Samoa Fa'afafine Association Beauty Pageant was because I wanted to experience what a beauty pageant was like & participate in a community event to represent my family and myself" says 27 yr old Jessica Hunt-Auva'a, an Auckland Samoan proudly representing the villages of Vaitele, Falealupo, Lotofaga and Vaitoloa and sponsored by the Kweenz Maine Dance Group.   The Kweenz Maine Dance group is a cohort of Fa'afafine members formed in high school by likeminded students as a result of experiencing bullying.  The establishment of the group provided its members confidence and safety in numbers as well as a voice to pressure the schools senior management team into addressing the issues they were confronted with bringing about change.  This resulted in ending bullying & also reconnected broken relationships with peers who viewed them negatively.   Kweenz Maine members performing at a community function Their advocacy from the school yard 10 years ago continues to be the group’s mantra, to always stand in solidarity with one another to bring about positive change for all Fa'afafine.  Since the inception of the Miss ASFA, both the winners have come from the Kweenz group. Upon discussion with Kweenz members it was apparent there were similar parallels in their daily lives such as stigma, discrimination, negative stereotypes, bullying, social issues, religion opposing fa’afafine, cultural values & beliefs that minimise fa’afafine, relationship issues and difficulty navigating or finding appropriate support services. Kweenz Maine Dance Group members, 1st and 2nd ASFA Beauty Pageant title holders. Jessica a retail manager in one of Auckland's busiest shopping malls, was asked about her experience in the pageant "Prior to the pageant, I knew it wasn't going to be easy but my journey has been amazing!  The stress, tears and hard work was definitely worth it.  At times it would have been easier to just give up but then I remembered why I was doing it so I persevered and continued.  The reality of beauty pageantry isn't all about the glitz and glamour as everyone assumes it to be but it's the mental and physical preparation you have to be ready for, focus first then action.  During this journey, I've discovered things about myself I didn't know I was capable of and that is the beauty of taking risks and putting yourself on the line,  I am so thankful though for the amazing support system that has surrounded me during my preparations”.   Miss Auckland Samoa Fa’afafine Association 2016, Jessica Hunt Auva’a with Kweenz Maine Dance Group President, Jaroncye Lole. In reflection I’ve been reminded why I, many moons ago contemplated a beauty pageant as a way to gain support from others and to feel a connected kinship with my fa’afafine sisters and brothers.  It is this type of support system that continues to operate via beauty pageants for fa’afafine, that grow others, makes them feel included, embraced and supported.  A Fa’afafine pageant is a great platform to show we exist in the community, the more numbers, the stronger our voice will be heard.  It is an opportunity for everyone to shine, discover themselves and break down stereotypes.  My advice to any fa’afafine wishing to be a future Miss ASFA is always remember to be you and always carry your family in your heart and mind.  Do it for the right reasons and not for celebrity status.  Stay humble and believe you can do it, train your mind to focus on the bigger picture which is always to be proud of who you are and that you are an example to other fa’afafine around you.  With the Lord on your side, anything is possible. Be you, live your life fearlessly and dance to the beat of your own drum.  Know that you are never alone and that nothing is preventing you from succeeding in life but yourself, don’t be your own enemy, grow and live”. And these are words from a person that has been embraced and nurtured by a school support group developed by fa’afafine peers, entered a beauty pageant developed by fa’afafine for fa’afafine, holds family as central to her being and is now an ambassador that can only further advocate for fa’afafine at higher levels. I am most proud that fa’afafine of today are using lessons learned from past beauty pageants, taking charge of developing their own support systems and reinventing their own initiatives.  The theme 'Beauty with a Purpose' reinforces a positive message by fa’afafine, it shifts the focus from being laughed at, to being celebrated and that there is no longer this comedic expectation imposed by community on them anymore. Congratulations to all contestants, you are all winners in the big picture.   Photo Credits:  Cocoa Chandelier, Jessica Hunt-Auva'a, Steva Auina   

  • Meet the Miss Samoa 2016 Pageant Contestants

    Meet the Miss Samoa 2016 Pageant Contestants

    The annual Miss Samoa 2016 pageant closes out the Teuila festivities next Friday so lets meet the 8 gorgeous contestants who have entered this year. Miss Lila's Flora  Contestant #1 - Abba Rose of Sharon Dinah Vaiaoga-Ioasa 26 years old Villages:Alafua, Puipa’a, Toamua & Lēonē Currently working in Canada on secondment as a Process Engineer for Graymont Inc - supplier of lime and limestone products.  She holds a Bachelor of Chemicals and Materials Engineering (Hon) degree from the University of Auckland and is one of the Associate Producers for the film Three Wise Cousins  Miss Royalty Creations  Contestant #2 - Esther Timoteo 19 years old Villages: Vaivase-Tai, Poutasi, Falealili & Saanapu She has always admired the beauty of Samoa and is proud of her Samoan culture. She is determined to be an example for change in our society and wants to empower and inspire young females - if you have a goal or dream, you are never too young or too old to chase it! Miss Samoa New Zealand  Contestant #3 - Naomi Eta Fruean 21 years old Villages: Lotofaga Aleipata & Moto’otua Studying at the University of Auckland in order to build her  knowledge and skills to be an effective advocate for our Samoan people.  Her hobbies include song writing, playing the piano, singing, travelling, problem solving and kirikiti. Miss Fuatino's Fashion  Contestant #4 - Tina Kerisiano-Mose Kirisome 21 years old Villages: Salua Manono Tai  Studied for a Diploma in Tourism and Hospitality at NUS in 2015 and is currently working for Fuatino’s Fashion. She plan to study abroad to enhance her knowledge in the tourism industry.  Hobbies include music, swimming and telling jokes.   Miss Tapz Designs  Contestant #5 - Maria Elena Falepunaoa Schuster Maposua  23 years old Villages: Afega and Vaimea  Attended the National University of Samoa and currently working at Western Union. Maria has a passion for singing and was a member of the National University Chamber Choir and is an active member of her church choir at the Mulivai Cathedral   Miss Samoa NSW  Contestant #6 - Tayia Jane Scanlan 22 years old Village: Faleula & Vaiusu Works in the Finance industry and studying to become a cosmetic nurse. Has attended the Australian Institute of Music and Australian Academy of Beauty Therapy and hopes to become a humanitarian volunteering overseas using her nursing skills to help others Miss Samoa Australia  Contestant #7 - Miriama Latu Meafou  21 years old Villages: Aufaga, Aleipata & Salelavalu, Savaii Holds a Bachelor of Business majoring in Human Resources and International Hotel Management from Griffith University, Queensland AusItralia and is passionate about community work especially with the Samoan community. Miss Love Lani xo  Contestant #8 - Priscilla Paleagese Finally Olano Age: 25 years old Village: Lauli’i  She is of Samoan, Indian, Rotuman and Native American descent. Priscilla works at SPREP’s climate change division as the technical assistant for the Pacific Climate Change Portal (PCCP).  Dancing is her passion and her goal is to set up a dance centre that will be a platform for children to use their talents to minister to others and glorify God. The Miss Internet Award Voting is now open.  You need to go to the Miss Samoa Facebook page and Like + Share the photo of the contestant who is your favourite. All the best to our Miss Samoa pageant contestants we look forward to meeting you next week at Teuila!    Photo Credit: Rae Photography  Profiles via the Miss Samoa Facebook page 

  • Miss Heilala Pageant 2015

    Miss Heilala Pageant 2015

    Check out the winner of Miss Helilala 2015 Brittne Fuimaono and her beautiful Pacific medley dance for the Talent Night! Showcasing her impressive dance skills from Hawaii, Samoa, Tahiti and New Zealand, it's easy to see why she was crowned Miss Heilala this year!

  • Miss Apraxus NZ 2015

    Miss Apraxus NZ 2015

    All the best to the contestants of the Miss Apraxus NZ 2015! Check out this beautiful compliation of their ta'oluga as they battle it to win the crown of Miss Apraxus NZ 2015, and go on to compete in the Miss Heilala competition later on this year. Video courtesy of Soane Niukapu Gallaher

  • Miss Cook Islands Pageant Launch 2015

    Miss Cook Islands Pageant Launch 2015

    The first Miss Cook Island Pageant in 2015 - where Cook Island women come together and showcase their talents - who will win? Stay tuned!

  • Miss Fa'afafine Pageant Sarong

    Miss Fa'afafine Pageant Sarong

    Introducing the queens representing in the Miss Fa'afafine Pageant for 2015 Check out the highlights from last year's Pageant Contestant No. 1. Miss Samoa Faafafine Australia Ella Lea'ana Collins Contestant No. 2. Miss House of Royale & Friends Hazey Jersey Esau Contestant No. 3. Miss Auckland Samoa Faafafine Association Steva Auina  Contestant No. 4. Miss Horizon Lounge Mavis Mulitalo Contestant No. 5. Miss Divas of Samoa Christy Punera Brown  Contestant No. 6. Miss SSAB Percilla Mulinuu Ulberg Contestant No. 7. Miss D Golden Beauty Mailelagi Marine Tafaoimalo Contestant No. 8. Miss Sha - Las House of Diamonds Michelle Eleitino Tuitogamatoe Williams  The Coconet TV will be bringing you the highlights from this year's pageant! Stay Tuned Vote for Miss Internet here: Samoa Fa'afafine Association

  • Project Runway Cook Islands

    Project Runway Cook Islands

    The jouney began with the first ever Project Runway Show with the contestants modelling clothes by some of the top fashionistas in the Cook Islands. It all went down over the weekend and we've found our new Miss Cook Islands for 2015-2016, check out the results below. 2nd runner up- Tumanava Willmott 1st runner up - (Miss Earth Cook Islands): Allanah Herman Miss Cook Islands 2015 - Natalia Shor Check out the updates and photos on the Ministry of Culture Facebook page Check out more beauty queens from the Cook Islands

  • Miss World 2015 SAMOA, Latafale Auva'a

    Miss World 2015 SAMOA, Latafale Auva'a

    Meet this year's contestant from Samoa... Latafale Auva'a! Miss World 2015 takes place in Sanya, China and it all begins on November 20, 2015, with the final show taking place on Saturday 19 December at the Grand Beauty Crown Theatre, Sanya, People's Republic of China. More info on Latafale Latafale Auva'a brings you the Samoan stage at this year's Polyfest 

  • Samoan beauty queen defies Prime Minister

    Samoan beauty queen defies Prime Minister

    Latafale Auva'a is heading for the Miss World competition, despite the Samoan leader telling her to go to the regional pageant. Source: TV One News

  • Poly Queens at Miss World Pageant 2015

    Poly Queens at Miss World Pageant 2015

    Check out some of action from Sanya, China as Latafale Auva'a (Miss Samoa), Brittany Hazelman (Miss Fiji) and Hinarere Taputu (Miss France) compete at the Miss World Pageant! Miss Samoa and Miss Fiji with their repsective Ambassadors Tapusalaia Terry Toomata (left) and Ioane Naivalurua and their wives. Miss Samoa and Miss Fiji Miss France  Miss Samoa - National Dance Costume Miss Fiji - National Dance Costume Miss France - National Dance Costume Miss Samoa at the Welcoming Ceremony Miss Fiji  Miss France Miss Dominican Republic, Miss Fiji, Miss Guam and Miss Finland. To see more of these beauties in action at the pageant, check out their official Facebook pages! Miss World - Samoa Miss World - Fiji Miss World - France

  • Miss PNG crowned Miss Pacific Islands 2015

    Miss PNG crowned Miss Pacific Islands 2015

    History was made for the regional Miss Pacific Islands pageant last night as Miss PNG Abigail Havora took out the revered regional crown. This is the first time Papua New Guinea has ever won the people's pageant, and although Fiji has placed first twice, it's the first time a fully Melanesian island has won the competition. The judges were unanimous in their support of Ms PNG who's clever talent section wowed the crowd with the power of her original spoken word piece. Abigail's traditional wear piece seen here, was also a crowd favorite with the meters of exquisitely painted tapa, and intricate headpiece sourced from local materials in Papua. 1st runner up went to Miss Samoa who won the interview section with her in depth knowledge on climate change - finishing with an empassioned "we are not sinking, we are fighting!" 2nd runner up is Miss Tonga, 3rd runner up Miss Fiji who won the prestigious traditional wear segment with her incredible warrior inspired design. 4th runner up went to Miss Solomon Islands who's poignant stories of her background on her Island and her song dedicated to her mother won the hearts of the crowd. Miss Photogenic: Miss Tonga Miss Social Media: Miss Tonga Miss Personality: Miss American Samoa Miss National Tourism: Miss American Samoa Best Sarong: Miss Papua New Guinea  Best Traditional wear: Miss Fiji  Best Talent: Miss Papua New Guinea Best interview: Miss Samoa 4th Runner up: Miss Solomon Islands, Deanne Enoch 3rd Runner up: Miss Fiji, Zaira Begg 2nd Runner up: Miss Tonga, Brittne Fuimaono 1st Runner up: Miss Samoa, Ariana Taufao Miss Pacific Islands 2015: Miss Papua New Guinea, Abigale Havora

  • Miss Pacific Islands 2015 Parade

    Miss Pacific Islands 2015 Parade

    It all went down in Rarotonga for the Miss Pacific Islands 2015, check out the action from the Parade featuring this year's contestants. Stay tuned for highlights from the Pageant night coming soon.

  • Miss World South Auckland 2015

    Miss World South Auckland 2015

    Check out some of the highlights from this years Miss World South Auckland! With 8 contestants vying for a spot at the 2015 Miss New Zealand, it was a tough competition; but as always there can only be ONE winner! Big congrats to all the contestants involved and congratulations to Anna Marie Foley (half Tongan-half Irish) on being crowned the winner! SUGGESTED LINKS:  Take a walk down memory lane with the historical Miss Samoa's at the Miss World Pageant.   Check out Miss South Pacific 2013 Teuira Napa at Polyfest!

  • Miss American Samoa 2014-15

    Miss American Samoa 2014-15

    Watch on as these beautiful Teine Samoa compete against one another to be crowned "Miss American Samoa" Courtesy of BlueSky Communications 

  • 2014 Miss Samoa Pageant Live Stream

    2014 Miss Samoa Pageant Live Stream

    Check out the 2014 Miss Samoa Pageant Live Stream

  • Miss Heilala 2016 Live Stream

    Miss Heilala 2016 Live Stream

    Check out Miss Pacific Islands 2015-16 Miss Heilala 2016 - Where 2015 Miss Heilala Brittne Fuimaono will be handing her crown over to the next Miss Heilala 2016.

  • MISS HEALTH FA'AFAFINE PAGEANT HIGHLIGHTS

    MISS HEALTH FA'AFAFINE PAGEANT HIGHLIGHTS

    Highlights from Samoa's annual Fa'afafine pageant at the beginning of September 2016. Credits Camera:     Tuki Laumea & Tiati Devoe Sound:       Wilhelm VoigtDirector/Editor:  Crystal Vaega Thank you to Taumeasina Island Resort Samoa Tourism