Miss Flowers 2014 Miah Tupufia, a well deserved win
Miss Flowers 2014 Beauty Pageant or “Flower Power’s” newly crowned queen is Miah Tupufia which, according to the audience, was a well deserved win. Miah, who’s a makeup artist and mixologist, was sponsored by House of Barbie and Tony’s Bar and Grill/ Nina Fiamalua.
The annual event showcasing the most unique fashion in floral designs was held at the Governor H. Rex Lee Auditorium with their motto “Vitality and beauty of gardens of paradise”. Miss Flowers 2013, Samaya Jackson Tualaulelei was on hand to help crown the newest Miss Flowers.
The event is sponsored by Vai’s Flowers organization — also known as ‘Flower Power’ — under the guidance of Meafou Imo, President and Owner of Penina Productions, Vai’s Flowers and Miss Flowers. Since Miss Flowers was created, they have been able to bring together many young, talented fa’afafines who are willing to stroll down the catwalk.
This year, they decided to do something a little differently, according to Mrs. Imo. Instead of donating to a particular charity, the Miss Flowers organization decided to give back to the community in a way that is related to flowers and they therefore have launched the first “Best Garden” competition. The registration started in April and they conducted many garden visitations. The Miss Flowers organization sponsored the prizes, which were monetary awards of $500, $300, and $200 and they also gave consolation prizes to three people who participated in the contest but did not win top honors.
Mrs. Imo told Samoa News this garden contest will officially be an annual event sponsored by the Miss Flowers Organization.
Also a first for the Miss Flowers Organization, Mrs. Imo says they have signed up with the American Samoa Environmental Protection Agency (ASEPA) to adopt the area from Vai’s Flowers in Nuu’uli all the way to the three way intersection going to the Airport. In other news, she said the Miss Flowers Organization has been invited to the Samoan Flag Day in Los Angeles, which is slated for the month of August in Carson.
During the Miss Flowers pageant, _each contestant showcased their own flower and insect. Contestants included: Chyanne Atimalala sponsored by House of Pretty Hurts (orchid flower and dragonfly); Mindra Imani sponsored by House of Snow (orchid and butterfly; Oey Ameperosa sponsored by House of Bam Bam Shawam, (bird of paradise and ant); Tamina Matai sponsored by Davia, Priseis (plumeria and beetle); Dessy Muaava, sponsored by House of Fierce and Vera Wang (avapui and grasshopper); Aruni Talaifaiga, sponsored by House of Royale (o’o and spider); and Miss Flowers 2014 Miah Tupufia. Miah’s flower was the anthurium and her insect, the lady bug.
There were five categories of the pageant — The Best Overlook Floral Wear (with artificial flowers only) was awarded to Miah; the Best Swim wear awarded to Dessy; Best Talent was won by Aruni, who livened up the show with her two sided costume: one side dressed as a man and the other half in a Barbie outfit, lip-sync rapping like a boy then turning to the girl side and singing for the audience.
The Best Evening Gown was also awarded to Miah, and Aruni won the Interview category. Oey won the Charity award and she was also named Miss Congeniality, while Dessy was named Miss Photogenic.
This year’s Miss Flowers third runner up was Temina Matai, second runner up, Dessy Muava and first runner up was Aruni Talaifaga.
The Miss Flowers Organization president is, Fenunuivao Kamuta Ogapo, Vice President Tana Faumuina, Secretary Tai Queen Puletasi and the Treasurer is Vaiki Pa’au with advisors, Martha Asalele, Jenida Taufete’e, Jayda Leiataua, Eden Brown, Moey Faleafine, Rhonda Talaeai and Moisha Bird. Their choreographer is Jayna Muao.