Girl from Savai’i wins Miss Samoa
Your new Miss Samoa is Alexandra Iakopo.
The 23-year-old from Sapapali’i, Fusi Safotulafai and Moamoa was crowned during the finale of the McDonald’s Miss Samoa Pageant at Gym 1 last night.
She takes over from former Miss Samoa, Pricilla Olano.
The crowning capped off an amazing run by the Miss House of Gold who nearly did not enter the Pageant because she thought she was not good enough.
“I only became part of this pageant because my sponsor really pushed me to run but I thought to myself that I wasn’t fit for Miss Samoa,” she said.
“I had been praying to God to give me the courage. I finally mustered enough courage to enter and to be crowned tonight is an absolutely amazing feeling.
“It’s an honour to be the Miss Samoa. The feeling has yet to sink in but I promise that I will do my best to represent Samoa well.
“Thank you Samoa. You’ve challenged me, you’ve motivated me and tonight I am so humbled and grateful. I can also now say ‘e le ma’i teine Savai’i’.”
Ms. Iakopo’s success was hardly surprising. She continued to impress the judges after a stellar performance at the pre-pageant interviews.
Last night, she wowed the Head of State, His Highness Tuimaleali’ifano Vaaletoa Sualauvi II, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi and the vocal audience with one of the best talents ever seen at the Pageant.
Her response to a question about the importance of education also won her the best interview. And when she secured all those categories, it was inevitable that she would be the new Miss Samoa.
She was in tears as she was congratulated by her families and supporters.