NZ fashion show picks contestant for 2019 Miss Heilala pageant

Kamata'i atu mei Nu'u Sila 'a e Miss Heilala 'o e 2019 'aki 'a hono fili'i 'e he Tuitui and Brilliant Star Fashion 'a 'ena fefine hoihoifua ki he fe'auhi ni ko Soana Falahola 'Aleva ta'u 23.

Tonga’s Miss Heilala 2019 pageant kicked off in New Zealand last week with Tuitui and Brilliant Star Fashion Show selecting its contestant for the kingdom’s beauty competition.

Miss Soana Falahola ‘Aleva, 23, will represent the Fashion Show in Nuku’alofa in about seven months time.

The double major Bachelor of Arts student works as a creative member for Do Good Feel Good, a dance tutor for Selwyn College and the Youth Town Parnell. She is a professional hip hop dancer, a youtube vlogger (as ‘Jojo’) and a krump dancer.

‘Aleva also worked as a radio announcer for Niu FM and is a Tongan youth show host for Radio 531PI. She also worked as a Youth Co-ordinator for the Tongan Youth Trust and graduated from Radio Training School with a diploma in Journalism, Multimedia and radio broadcasting.

The daughter of Tongan choreographer and Radio 531 PI Tongan producer Losalio Milika Pusiaki, ‘Aleva was selected during the Fashion Show’s catwalk exhibition which was held at the Otara Community hall on Friday night.

Brilliant Star Fashion Show is not new to the Miss Heilala competition and other New Zealand and international beauty pageants.

The first time it participated in the Miss Heilala competition in 2017, its contestant, Miss Titania Tiara Monic Matekuolava, became the first runner up.

She came second to Ophelia Kitiliti Kava who was crowned Miss Heilala 2017.

Matekuolava later in 2017 was sponsored by the Tuitui Fashion Show to join New Zealand’s Face of Beauty International Ltd’s Super Model competitions in which she was crowned as Miss International Supermodel Tonga 2018. This gave her an opportunity to travel to Thailand and represented Tonga during the Face of Beauty International 2018.

The Fashion Show sent another contestant to Miss Heilala 2018, but she was unsuccessful.

Fashion designer Tuitui Folauhola Tonbar, the Director of Tuitui Fashions Show and Brilliant Star, said she willingly supported beauty contests and fashion shows because they helped her talent and her business a lot.

The main points

  • Tonga’s Miss Heilala 2019 pageant kicked off in New Zealand last week with Tuitui and Brilliant Star Fashion Show selecting its contestant for the kingdom’s beauty competition.
  • Miss Soana Falahola ‘Aleva, 23, will represent the Fashion Show in Nuku’alofa in about seven months time.

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