Papua New Guinea’s Abigail Havora has been crowned Miss Pacific Islands 2015 in a ceremony held in Rarotonga.
The 24-year-old science graduate beat eight other contestants to take residence the title for the very first time.
The last time PNG won an international or regional crown was in 1975 when Eva Arni won the Miss Asia title, according to regional news site PNG Loop.
Ms Havora also picked up the Ideal Sarong and Very best Talent Overall performance titles.
She is from Gabagaba village in PNG’s Central Province and many Papua New Guineans took to Facebook to congratulate her.
“Abigail Havora we are dying right here with so considerably pride!! You have done us your family members proud as nicely as your nation! Can not wait to welcome you residence!” Christabella Kolu Amona wrote.
Ms Havora functions for PNG’s biggest oil and gas organization Oil Search and devotes her spare time to volunteering for a quantity of causes.
“My intent is to bring a message that strengthens the bridge between culture and changing occasions so young folks, particularly girls, are much more aware of what they are contributing to and the kind of influence they are exerting,” she stated on the Miss Pacific Islands Facebook page when she was initial introduced as a contestant.
Miss Samoa, Ariana Taufao, was the initial runner-up although Miss Tonga, Brittne Fuimaono, was the second runner-up.
Tonga’s Ms Fuimaono was voted most popular on social media soon after a poll held on the Miss Pacific Islands Facebook page. Her profile garnered over 14,000 likes.
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