12 Pacific Beauties vie for the crown as the Miss Pacific Islands Pageant 2019 gets underway

Pageant Director, Faamatuainu Lenata’i Suifua with the Miss Pacific Islands Pageant 2019 Contestants and reigning Miss Pacific Islands, Leoshina Karahi during the Official Opening of the Pageant week at the Gateway Hotel in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. L-R: Miss Wallis and Futuna, Miss Tuvalu, Miss American Samoa, Miss Cook Islands, Miss Marshall Islands, Miss Fiji, Miss Pacific Islands, Miss Solomon Islands, Miss Nauru, Miss Papua New Guinea, Miss Tahiti, Miss Tonga and Miss Samoa.

Pacific Island countries are well represented at the 33rd annual Miss Pacific Islands Pageant 2019 by their beautiful queens in the land of a million different journeys, Papua New Guinea.

Pageant Director, Faamatuainu Lenata’i Suifua, officially launched the Pageant to begin the week of activities in Port Moresby, and welcomed all the 12 beautiful contestants and their respective delegations.

“This is a Pageant with a Difference and a platform for our young Pacific women to advocate for Pacific issues.” Said Faamatuainu.

“The Government of Samoa continues to support this prestigious event and with the high number of Pacific Islands participating this year, truly reflects the continued interest shown which is in line with our Pageant Theme of, Pacific we are – One Step, One Aspiration.” He added.

He further acknowledged the Government and people of Papua New Guinea, as well as the hard work of the organising committee. Joining for the first time to the Pageant is the Marshall Islands, as well as joining again after a long while are the Islands of Tahiti, and Wallis and Futuna, whom were all acknowledged and welcomed.

The contestants randomly picked their order of appearance, as well as the topics they’ll be presenting on at the pre-pageant interview as their first judged event to be held towards the end of the week of activities.

The contestants will present a five-minute presentation on their selected topics before a panel of judges and the public, and will be asked three questions by three judges.

  1. Miss Wallis and Futuna – Women Empowerment

2. Miss Tuvalu – Education

3. Miss American Samoa – Politics

4. Miss Cook Islands – Health

5. Miss Marshall Islands – Technology

6. Miss Fiji – Climate Change

7. Miss Solomon Islands – Environment

8. Miss Nauru – Agriculture

9. Miss Papua New Guinea – Leadership

10. Miss Tahiti – Culture

11. Miss Tonga – Youth

12. Miss Samoa – Tourism

The contestants attended a church service on Sunday to begin activities for the week and scheduled visits to various sites and venues throughout Papua New Guinea, before the judged pre-Pageant Interview and on-stage categories of individual introductions, sarong wear, talent, traditionally inspired attire and stage interview.

The winner of this year’s Pageant will continue the role of Pacific Islands Tourism Ambassador with the South Pacific Tourism Organisation, as an opportunity to advocate the issues of women and youth empowerment, among others in tourism and hospitality, and sustainable tourism development.

The Pageant week concludes on the evening of Saturday, November 30th with the Pageant night and crowning of the new winner, to be held at the Stanley Hotel and Suites.

Follow the Pageant on: https://www.facebook.com/MissPacificIslands/

Here are the 12 beautiful contestants in their official order of appearance:

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