I have been following the Miss South Pacific Plus Australia (MSPPAU) Journey since it was founded by owner Victoria Mua-Tuilau, a Samoan entrepreneur based in Sydney, Australia. After a successful run in 2018, it was clear that 2019 was going to be a bigger and better yet. And I can attest to just that, because MSPPAU 2019 is not just a Pageant. It is a movement that empowers our Plus-Sized Polynesian Women.
I follow a lot of pageants because it is truly inspiring to watch a contestant’s journey as a Pageant participant. I keep up with Miss Samoa NZ, Miss Samoa, Miss Universe, Miss World etc. However, I felt that I was pulled towards MSPPAU more than any other Pageant – I admitted to the contestants of this year’s pageant that it is because by partaking in this, they have made a statement for all us plus-sized girls that “We are worthy!” Their statement sends a universal message to Plus-Sized Polynesian Women like myself. A powerful message encouraging us to embrace our curves and to flaunt them instead of shying away. We are and will always be real Polynesian women, regardless of the size we are.
This year, I was lucky enough to attend the Miss South Pacific Plus pageant hosted in Sydney, Australia. I was excited flying in from Auckland and the plan was originally to go in and cover social media work for the pageant as well as meet and interview the girls so that I can write up this blog piece. However, when I landed, I was asked by the founder and owner of MSPPAU to be a Judge on their Panel – Talk about mind-blowing!
I was still able to meet the contestants prior to the main event as this was arranged by Tori. I had the privilege of listening to each contestant speak about their own individual journey of self-love, self-worth and self-confidence. This same evening, I listened to the stories from each of the 4 girls, I was left moved emotionally, inspired, empowered and feeling honored to have these girls speak so vulnerably to a person they had met in real life just that same day. Continue reading “Self-Love, Self-Worth, Self-Confidence – MSPPAU 2019”