After some embarrassing criticism from Samoa’s prime minister (embarrassing for him, that is), 21-year-old Latafale Auva’a headed to China with a promise to “represent the Pacific with pride” on the Miss World stage.
And she did!
Our reigning Miss Samoa came Top 5 in the Sports category, Top 5 in Talent, Top 10 in Beauty with a Purpose, and – most stunningly – she introduced our cherished taualuga dance to a worldwide audience of at least a billion!
She takes centre stage at about 4:37 in this clip, and then the entire group of a hundred something contestants help her perform a beautiful little siva.
But why did those 30 seconds move me to tears…? lol
I’m so proud!!