The 31st Miss Pacific Islands Pageant is well underway in Fiji with Miss Samoa, Papali’i Alexandra Iakopo, among the contestants putting their best foot forward for their countries.
Papali’i is carrying the hopes of Samoa, hoping to wear the crown at the end of the finale tomorrow night.
The competition started with the nine beautiful contestants taking to the stage for their first night of public judging.
The first appearance for the contestants was their introduction, where they came out firing with a well-versed overview of themselves and their respective countries in front of a well-appointed panel of judges.
This was followed by their sarong with each showcasing not only their nicely printed swim wear, but their poise and charisma in carrying themselves with a twist from their own countries in linking with the Pageant theme of ‘climate change action to sustain our Islands’.
The judged categories of the Pageant contest this year is spread out into three nights of competition, with the winner to be crowned on the fourth and final night at Prince Charles Park in Nadi town.
Chairman of the Miss Pacific Islands Pageant Inc. and Samoa’s Minister of Tourism, Salā Fata Pinati, said what is being showcased by the contestants is what others can expect from our beautiful countries and diverse cultures.
Earlier-on in the opening day of the Pageant, a parade was held through the streets of Nadi town where the public had the chance to meet their favourite contestants.