Miss Teuila or Miss Durr-uila?

The weekend marked the official end of Teuila Week. *tear drop* As fast as it came... it left again, I feel like I didn't quite get out to see it and appreciate it as much as I should have... then again, I'm no tourist, I'll see it again next year... then again, I see myself saying this again next year - ah, its a vicious cycle.

Anyways, the Miss Teuila Pageant was held in the weekend. I scored some good tickets (free ones!) and went to see it, and I'll admit it was actual a good show. Good bordering on not Good, not Good bordering on Great. There were good bits to watch but the show dragged on ... It started at 7 and finished at MIDNIGHT... I suppose that was inevitable with 12 contestants and something like 5 appearances each.

The highlight of the night for me... Interviews! I won't go into gory detail but I will say that I was disappointed with the intellect, or lack of intellect shown by most of the girls at Interview time... The questions were easy enough... and the answers... well, they were classic. Best of all was the winner's answer. How to prevent HIV and AIDS in small developing countries like Samoa? ... "We must make a change for these people, so we can make Samoa more healthier... and we should stay away from them" *APPLAUSE*... Classic. She was very beautiful, very graceful, a nice girl too (I actually know her) but seriously now... as harsh a disease as AIDS is... I don't think exile is the answer. I guess the ladies ought to be commended for getting up there in the first place and putting themselves at the scrutiny of critical, flaw-spotting bitches like me... lol. It must take guts, I'm sure even the toughest of critics might crack under the pressure of being scrutinised, criticised, pointed at and prodded by a nation of onlokers that are just waiting for you to go blank in front of a live and television audience... Well, something must motivate these girls to enter such pageants.

Just for the record, it's not like I've got anything pageants in general... I mean, what's wrong with objectifying women and showcasing them as if they were some sort of barbie dolls? lol... Ok, my real and serious opinion? There are a lot of good things to be gained from pageants... it can be a platform through which women can have a voice, make a difference, be an example and do good for other women and society as a whole. However, I think too few girls enter the pageant with all that in mind... of course, there's no way I can be sure of this but call it my impression. My impression is that girls want to strut and be in it for some kind of "glamourous" life they dream of. So young and naive. There's nothing at all wrong with wanting to flaunt it, if you've got it... but in my opinion, that defeats the purpose of the pageant and that is, primarily, to do good things for OTHERS. *Shrugs*

Oh well... such is my rant and rave for the afternoon. And besides - I'm sure with a few trips to the library, a decent tutor and some public speaking classes... our Falute will be more than just a pretty face. LOL... Yes, I'm just a hater.


Congratulations Falute Sauvao Vaauli! Miss Teuila/ Miss Samoa 2005 / 2006.

Comments

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Anonymous said…
you are so right about miss teuila, lack of intellect alright, but its not just that, the ignorance just blows me away.. im glad im not the only one that thought this... great site by the way...
Chitney said…
Hi Fotu! OMG, "'and we should stay away from them' *APPLAUSE*..."?! Ditzy stupid girl + ignorant audience = Arrrgh!!! Obviously there needs to be so much more work done around public education and AIDS/HIV. But you're right--it's a pageant...and look at the type of people who value pageants (besides those who watch it for fun I mean!).

Great site. Love your writing style. And I'm excited to read about Samoa. Wow, it's like an instant vacay--your home is refreshing compared to the concrete jungles of...Toronto. Ugh. ;)
fotu of samoa said…
Chitney girl, it was classic "pageant ditz" moment. Just PLEASE don't think of it as a reflection of the rest of us Samoans. Some of us do know a thing or two about Health issues in the world today. But hey, Samoa is like everywhere else... you've got haves and have nots? lol.

Thanks for stoppin by Chitney!
Chitney said…
LOL! Don't worry, I would never judge smart, thinking Samoans based on a few dummies. And yes, these people are everywhere (they're definitely where I live!) Unfortunately there isn't a quick fix for stupidity, huh? Hehe.
Nydia said…
Lol @ a reflection on the rest of US Samoans...true true...I hope I ain't THAT DURRR!!!
fotu of samoa said…
lol... Girl, take it from me... even your DOG ain't that durr! LOL.

Enough hateration...

We'll both never be as pretty as her though huh? Hahaha... Eh.
Anonymous said…
Speaking from experience, these pageants are sooooo fake. To this day, neither myself or anyone in my whole entire family know what the pageant was judged on. All she won was the puletasi? What about the categories that really matter? You can look good in a puletasi, but look what happens when you ask her a question that pertains to something other than looks? It's been years, but it still killlls us all here in the states how STUPID the whole panel of JUDGES were as well as the crooooked asssss STA.
Anonymous said…
To the anonymous... doesnt really matter whether she won just the puletasi or any other category... if you want to judge what you win... take for example Christina Kauvai Miss South Pacific 2006-2007 - she didnt win ANY of the prizes yet she won the Miss South Pacific... so your critque lacks research and what they say in Samoa.. Fai ai hahaha

Falute is a gorgeous looking girl.. If you really got to know her, she was actually educated in the States (isnt that where you come from?) than moved to Samoa, and holds a degree in Accounting and Business Management. Now Aids/HIV is on the otherside of the spectrum... when you throw a question like that to the women or people in general of Samoa, you will get the same sort of reaction... what do i say? These types of diseases are not spoken within the Samoan communual villiages or Samoa altogether. So you cannot sit there and criticise 1 particular individual for her lack of knowledge on a disease that is even taboo to be spoken about to your own mother. Perhaps what Samoa needs to do, is educate the people on what this disease is all about, educate them on how to prevent getting this disease instead of placing such a stigma on the disease that it automatically makes people think that its some evil disease that only bad people get... These are issues that Samoa faces... Pride to the Samoan people is everything, customs and traditions also hold strong bearings on Samoan families... so being educated on a disease that isnt a wide spoken topic within our people should be established than having a pathetic blog written by a person that has no foundation of intellect.... If you want to talk about crook judges, are you than going to say that Miss Geonites shouldnt of got the majority of the prizes? and the judges must of been paid to give her all the prizes? you might wanna thoroughly think your comment before posting it up for all other people to read and a'amu hahahaha

Ia pau lava lea se tala pu'upu'u lenei foii taimi... ao le leva ga uma le kauvaga Miss Samoa sa malo iai Falute, ae fia sau a si mea comment... get it over it... its been 3 years since my cuzin won.... theres been other pageants hahahaha... what about looking at Miss Samoa's traditional wear that she wore to the Miss South Pacific? Is it just me or did it look like a Muli of a Moa BAHAHAHAHA ia uo lava lena... California's weather is beautiful today!! Alofa tele

Fa'aitaita Va'auli Sauvao
Anonymous said…
See me about somethin trick. Shut the heo up if you don't even know how to answer a damn question like that neither...must run in the family...u must be the ugly duckling??? Hahaha..HEFFFA
Anonymous said…
Wowgh..this is like a decade ago..please get over it if ur girl didnt win...so lokoleaga...
juliacp said…
ue'e! LMAO! laughing at the 2 anonymous up here... anyway! one decade later..and i stumble on to your blog.. it's a GREAT read in b/w classes and study time! and gives me a good laugh EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. malo fotu! your writing is witty and real... and i love it. as for this topic... lol! i can't say much b/c i'm not much into pageants either.. but i'll admit, i'd be hatin' on her too if she was pretty but didn't answer the question properly.. lol!