Regional Pageant board judging criteria under scrutiny

Samoa’s government is expected to write a formal letter to the Board of the Miss Pacific Islands Pageant to revisit the judging criteria to ensure fairness and accountability in future pageants.

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi assured reigning Miss Samoa, Alexandra Iakopo that the Board can expect a formal letter from the government.

Iakopo was crowned first runner up in the regional pageant that was held in Fiji last week.

“In my eyes and in the eyes of your country, you are still a winner in our book,” Tuilaepa told Iokopo when she paid a courtesy call on the Prime Minister.

On the same token, he is pleased with the overall performance by Miss Samoa and has accepted with pride the outcome.

Tuilaepa also acknowledged Miss Samoa’s courage and patriotism.

Iakopo thanked the Prime Minister for his moral support and prayers during her campaign earlier this month in Nadi, Fiji.

She apologized if she had not met her Prime Minister and the country’s expectations and reiterated that she will continue to serve her country with pride during her one year reign.

Iakopo will start her official duties as Miss Samoa on 3 January when the government returns after the end of the year holidays.

Miss American Samoa Gwendolyn To'omalatai was crowned Miss Pacific Islands 2017



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