Miss American Samoa Arrielle La’asaga Tuilefano Maloata of Malaeloa during her first siva Samoa as the reigning Miss American Samoa 2012- 2013. [Photo: SEER]

In front of a welcoming SRO crowd, Arrielle La’asaga Tuilefano Maloata was named the 20th Miss American Samoa 2012- 2013. She was crowned by the outgoing Miss American Samoa Skyline Ese’ese Ahsoon Nua at the Gov. H. Rex Lee Auditorium Friday evening.

She is the daughter of Faleupolu Maloata and Theresa Falealili.

“I am honored to have been chosen as the ambassador of American Samoa and what a relief from all the stress and worry of letting down my family and village." she said upon her win.

“To carry this title is a huge responsibility and I will do my best to be that Ambassador for American Samoa.

“I would like to thank God for the strength and the boldness, for without him I would not be able to proceed with the performance during the pageant, and I would like to acknowledge my sponsor I’a Vai Creations, the Army Reserve, supporters, family and friends for their support” she said. Arrielle is an Army reservist.

Arrielle told Samoa News that she’s looking forward to giving her best in the upcoming Miss South Pacific contest, which will be hosted by American Samoa in December, this year.

The 21-year old army reservist from Malaeloa won the MASI award and also took the categories of the best Traditional Wear, Best Formal Puletasi, the Best Talent — of personifying the two variations of a Samoan female warrior — and was named Miss Float.  

For her traditional wear, Arrielle had a tuiga which was handmade using afa, tifa shells and red feathers. Her ofu (costume) was made of real teuila petals that were sewn together to accentuate her curves.

Arrielle’s formal puletasi design reflected the modern day palagi (European/ white) influence, the “ie toga” was widely pleated to create a high couture look, and the puletasi was lined with black linen fabric with visible hints of the ie toga (fine mat).

The inspiration for this design came, according to Arrielle, from a belief that the men and women of Samoa weaved as one in the Samoan culture —  incorporating and relying on the resources from the natural environment in their daily lives. In this sense, certain aspects of the European influence has become ’Samoan’.

The four other contestants were Miss Solar Environment Casuallen Iulieta Fale, Miss South Seas Broadcasting 93 KHJ Charity Ana Porotesano, Miss Starkist Josephine Maimau Mativa and Miss FAMMs Vaiolematalematu Maddy Unutoa.

Miss Solar Environment Casuallen Iulieta Fale was named first runner up. She told the crowd that evening that her God given talent is playing the piano, but due to technical difficulties she was unable to play the piano. Instead, she sang “Man in the Mirror”.

Prior to singing, Casuallen in a slide show presentation showed images of trash that is spoiling the beauty of American Samoa and noted that change starts with you and me.

Casuallen won in three categories —  Miss Charity, Miss Photogenic and the Sarong category.

Miss South Seas Broadcasting 93 KHJ Charity Ana Porotesano was named the second runner up, and also received the Pre-pageant award. Miss Starkist, Josephine Maimau Mativa was named Miss Congeniality.

Tracie McCarthy Roe and Diehl Langkilde hosted the evening and entertainment was performed by the Star Kist Dance Group and the Tootsie Rollers.

The MASI also had a farewell lei presentation for Skyline Nua who performed her last Siva Samoa as Miss American Samoa 2011-2012 that night.

The evening was said to be highly successful by many who attended and they noted that the competition was a close one.


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