As Samoa awaits the crowning of its new Miss Samoa tonight, outgoing Miss Samoa and Miss Pacific Islands, Fonoifafo Nancy McFarland-Seumanu, is ready to “pass on the crown”.
Samoa’s longest-serving Miss Samoa ambassador, Fonoifafo in a statement issued that this time last year they would have been celebrating the beginning of a brand new chapter.
“I can recall being surrounded by my closest friends and family debriefing what had taken place, unbeknownst to what the future had ready for me.
“Not many people know this, but the primary role of the Miss Samoa is to be employed by the Samoa tourism authority.
“It means promoting Samoa as a tourist destination and being the face of Samoa. For me, the role extended beyond that.”
Crowned in 2019, Fonoifafo a nurse by profession said to be Miss Samoa meant to serve.
“With this, I had seen many opportunities made available to me. This included being actively involved in health initiatives and engaging in programmes which promoted education in our beautiful Samoa.”
Adding that if there is anything that I’ve learnt in the past 12 months, it would be that you are more capable than you think.
“I have seen myself grow in ways that I thought I couldn’t, especially when it comes to serving others. The personal growth I’ve experienced has made me become a better person in more ways than I could have imagined and I could not have had that without this platform.
“Had it not been for COVID, right at this time I would have been crowning a new Miss Samoa to begin her reign. However, for the first time in the history of the Pageants, I will be continuing this reign for another year.
“I feel honoured to be continuing this reign and I know that there is still so much I wish to do with this platform. So this extension is truly a blessing and I hope you will all continue to support me as you’ve had for the past year.”
She will be handing over her crown to the next Miss Samoa tonight.