New Miss Samoa crowned in gala Saturday night pageant
Apia, SAMOA — Miss Samoa New Zealand, Fonoifafo McFarland-Seumanu, is the new face of Samoa. The 24-year-old was crowned the new Bluesky Miss Samoa 2019-2020 at the Gym 1, Tuanaimato, succeeding former Miss Samoa, Sonia Piva. She won the best talent and interview.
Speaking to the Samoa Observer, the new Miss Samoa said she felt very humbled and honored to have won.
“I would like to thank the Miss Samoa New Zealand Committee for bringing me here," she said. "I want to thank the team who did my outfits, makeup and not forgetting my parents, family and friends from New Zealand but most importantly all the glory and thanksgiving be given back to God."
“And now that I have won, I will depend upon God’s plan and timing as all things unfold.”
Ms. Seumanu added that with the crown she will focus on health promotion, especially among young children.
“My fellow contestants were amazing and they made this journey really memorable. I think every single girl is a winner and was deserving of this crown."
The first runner up was Miss Samoa New South Wales, Fetui Tuetue, who also won the best puletasi.
Miss Samoa Los Angeles, Trinity Robertson-Asuega, won awards in internet, sarong, and traditionally inspired attire and came second runner up overall.
The third runner up was Miss Samoa Melbourne Australia, Latisha Ioane, who won Miss Personality.
Miss Victoria Incorporated, Tiafau Zahriya Leaoasoma, came fourth runner up. She won the National Tourism Award.
Miss House of Gold, Tofaga Filifili won Bluesky People’s Choice award with Miss Lavashe Couture, Grace Tevaga-Foai, winning Miss Photogenic.
Other contestants in this year’s pageant include: Miss Arilei Couture, Susan Pale and Miss Samoa Australia, Shecki’nah Hadfield.
The new Miss Samoa was born in New Zealand to Samoan parents Nancy and Rev. Seumanu Seumanu from the villages of Saleleloga, Sapapalii, Avao, Aleisa and Letogo.