Sonia Piva wins Miss Samoa crown

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Tina Mata'afa-Tufele is a Pasifika journalist that has been writing and covering news related to the Samoan experience for over a decade. She's written for Samoa News in American Samoa, (covering news from Hawaii, the U.S.

  • Miss Samoa 2018-19
    Miss Samoa 2018-19

Passion and determination paid off for 21-year-old Sonia Piva, the newly-crowned Miss Samoa who moved from Australia to Samoa early this year "to contribute."
In the historic Miss Samoa Pageant, the first to be held in Savai'i, the Miss Susana O Samoa as Contestant 8, claimed the crown.
She topped the categories for Best Interview, Best Puletasi and the National Tourism Award.
"I came to Samoa to contribute to the society and I’m learning everyday that our country is constantly developing and has so many areas that need targeting especially in education," Sonia told Newsline Samoa.
The Samoan-Italian model and singer, is the daughter of Maria Piva and Tarcisio Piva of Fagalii and Salelesi villages.
An advocate of education, Sonia is a  teacher at Peace Chapel (and member of Peace Chapel) and Secretary for the XVI Pacific Games Organizing Committee that will be hosted in Samoa next year.
Before moving to Samoa, she was pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Education at Victoria University. Education is her passion.
"Although we have great schools and educators there is so much more we could be doing to improve our country," she said.
Asked why she was after the Miss Samoa crown, Sonia said Miss Samoa "has a great platform to do great things in Samoa."
"I’d love to get into programs more deeply such as SPACE (Samoa Performing Arts and Creative Excellence) which I’ve recently been a part of that targets performing arts in rural areas," she said.  
"It’s a great way to encourage community involvement and allow students to let loose and enjoy themselves."
She told Newsline the essence of a Tamaitai Samoa "is someone who is a great role model to young women and children."
"She carries herself with grace and poise, she has great confidence but always remains humble."  
Rev. Samuelu Areta and Faletua Mrs. Pativaine Areta of the Lotu Metotisi, Salelologa and the village of Salelologa were her hosts in Savai'i.
Sonia's Pre-Pageant Interview topic was gender equality.
  "My greatest strengths would be my passion for the younger generation and determination to finish what I’ve started."
Nine contestants competed for the title and crown.
First runner-up is Miss Samoa New Zealand Cecilia Tufuga-Fatu who won Best Talent.
Second runner-up is Miss Le Naumati's Creations Levalasi Vivian Su'a. She claimed: Miss Photogenic, Best Sarong and Best Creative Recyclable Art Attire.
Third runner up is Miss New South Wales Retalila Temareti.
Fourth runner up is Miss Samoa Australia Erin Noelani Taefu.
Dolores Satiu Cufi, Miss Salimu Fagaloa won Miss Personality.
Miss CCK Georgina Genevieve Oriana Florence Lopez-Mulipola won Miss Internet.