Acting PM crowns Miss Global Samoa


Haylani Pearl Kuruppu, former Miss Samoa 2022, was crowned Miss Global Samoa yesterday. 

At the ceremony held at the Vodafone headquarters, Acting Prime Minister Tuala Iosefo Ponifasio was the keynote speaker and zeroed in on the Miss Global organization, which has been instrumental in creating a global platform that not only unites diverse women from all walks of life but also creates a platform that can make a positive impact in making a difference in the world. 

He said Miss Global empowers women and gives them a voice to make a difference. It’s about embracing cultures, accepting our differences, celebrating our diversity and understanding of what makes a woman special and unique. 

Tuala also acknowledged last month’s Miss Samoa contest showcasing a Samoan woman’s inherent beauty. 

This is our national contest, where the criteria is set around what it is to be a Samoan beauty and what constitutes the essence of being a Samoa woman. The emphasis is on the depth of the role and the values of a Samoan woman. It includes talent, intelligence, creative fashion and demonstration of the Samoan culture. 

Miss Global is an international beauty pageant. It is another platform that focuses on the outer destination and in other regions of the world where our Samoan women can also participate and showcase the beauty of Samoan women to new captive audiences. 

Although the platforms are different, they both promote our women’s empowerment and awareness of global issues, such as environmental protection, cultural diversity, and women in leadership. It is also another opportunity to promote Samoa as a destination to potential markets. 

The Acting Prime Minister acknowledged Vodafone Samoa for giving Ms Haylani the opportunity to compete in Vietnam this November with 75 other women from countries around the world. 

The visit of the reigning Miss Global Shane Tormes a few weeks back was seen as a step towards giving our Samoan women that opportunity. I have been told the Miss Global Organization is keen on Hosting the 2024 Global Pageant in Samoa. 

Vodafone and its partners are currently doing a feasibility study to determine if this can be done given the high cost of hosting an international event like Miss Global. The Miss Global Pageant will attract millions of viewers and followers from various countries.

This provides an excellent platform to introduce Samoa’s unique attractions and tourist destinations to a diverse audience in 75+ countries. 1.3 million people around the world follow Miss Global Organization. 

On behalf of the government of Samoa and its people, Tuala wished Haylani all the best in Vietnam.