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21-year-old Joyana Meyer attends Auckland University

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (The Samoa News, Nov. 28, 2010) - Miss Cook Islands was crowned Miss South Pacific 2010/2011, Saturday night in Papua New Guinea. Twenty-one year old Joyana Meyer, who is a university student also won the Best Sarong, Talent and was named Miss Photogenic, according to the organizing committee in Port Moresby. Miss Aoteaora-New Zealand took first runner up, Miss Samoa was second runner up, Miss Fiji came in third runner up and Miss Hawaiian Islands was fourth.

[PIR editor’s note: Joyana Meyer is a Bachelors Mechatronic Engineering student at Auckland University.]

On her profile, Miss Cook Islands listed her interests as keeping fit, traditional Cook Islands dancing, painting and designing wearable arts and a strong belief in God.

Meyer believes that the Miss South Pacific is not just about beauty, but about sharing all of the unique Pacific cultures and learning from one another.

She sees that it is important to embrace our traditions to ensure their survival for future generations.

The woman who inspires Meyer the most is the former Prime Minister of New Zealand, Helen Clark. She believes Clark has proven that in this ‘manly world’ a woman can achieve anything if she puts her mind to it. And that is how she intends to live her life continuing to strive to be the best she can be.

Miss American Samoa Cindy Silao did not place in the top five and reports from Port Moresby state that she represented American Samoa well.

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