Video: Arielle says, lt's been an honor & a pleasure
Miss American Samoa Arielle La’asaga Tuilefano Falealili Maloata of Malaeloa Aitulagi, a soldier with the US Army will walk the aisle for the last time tonight as she will give up her crown to the next Miss American Samoa. Arielle said since she was crowned, she has received much support from her village, her family, friends, children and the elderly, and she’s thankful that her reign had such support, which was not only in the territory but also during her travel for the military.
Arielle is the daughter of Faleupolu Maloata and Theresa Falealili. In an interview with Samoa News yesterday Arielle recalled that it was her grandfather who asked her to compete last year, in order to be a voice for the other young girls who think they cannot run in the pageant.
Having competed against four other contestants to win the title, Arielle recalls how she felt “at that moment” in an interview with Samoa News. “At that moment I was completely shocked and overwhelmed,” she says.
I believe I said, “Oh my God’ and ‘thank you… and I'm honored to have been chosen as the ambassador of American Samoa." She said that winning the title was a relief from all the stress and worry of letting down her family and her village.
Arielle said she had always dreamed of competing in and hopefully winning the Miss America Pageant. She said winning Miss American Samoa opened the door for her to bring local focus to her cause of helping the young children in the classrooms.
Since becoming Miss American Samoa 2012-2013, Arielle has had a busy schedule with the usual appearances at functions and government events, which she says gained her a solid relationship with members of the public.
A major opportunity for Arielle since becoming Miss American Samoa is her involvement with the children, wherein she would visit the schools and read and work with the students. “I love being able to visit the schools and spending time with the children,” she says. “They are such an inspiration to me, I just love being with them."
As her reign winds down tonight, she’ll hand over the crown. Arielle says she’ll miss being Miss American Samoa.
“Well, I will miss it I am sure,” she says. “It is an honor and pleasure being Miss American Samoa and representing American Samoa not only in the territory but other places that I have traveled during this reign, which has opened up countless opportunities."
Arielle wishes all the contestants the best and noted that winning the crown is not just about being a beauty queen—it is, rather a service to the people and her advice to the next Miss American Samoa is to do better than she has done, and not limit herself in anything. “As we say in the Army — be all that you can be,” said Arielle.
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