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PNG law student believes diversity is key to Pacific modelling

With a mix that includes two different races in Papua New Guinea and Tonga in her ethnic make up, 22 year old model Sherridan Haro Laufa is all about diversity. The law student is Papua New Guinea’s sole contestant at the World Supermodel Pageant South Pacific finals which is happening at the Pearl Resort at Pacific Harbour […]

Peni Shute

January 22, 2016 11:39 am

With a mix that includes two different races in Papua New Guinea and Tonga in her ethnic make up, 22 year old model Sherridan Haro Laufa is all about diversity.

Sherridan and Ruby Laufa. Sherridan is the PNG representative to the World Supermodel Pageant regional finals and Ruby is Miss PNG 2012. Photo: PNG TV
Sherridan and Ruby Laufa. Sherridan is the PNG representative to the World Supermodel Pageant regional finals and Ruby is Miss PNG 2012. Photo: PNG TV

The law student is Papua New Guinea’s sole contestant at the World Supermodel Pageant South Pacific finals which is happening at the Pearl Resort at Pacific Harbour today.

What i think i truly bring to the competition is diversity. I come from Papua New Guinea, the land of a thousand tribes and a million different journeys with over 800 distinct languages. Our culture is so diverse which i believe truly makes us unique.

The University of Papua New Guinea student is only the second contestant to come out of PNG for this competition, which was first staged in Fiji in 2012. Shei, as she is called in the competition told Newswire said she would make the best representative for the region because she understood what the South Pacific was about.

The South Pacific is renowned for cultural diversity and being from Papua New Guinea i understand diversity.

Whether Melanesian, Polynesian or Micronesian, culture and family are equally integral structures to our Pacific way of life.

I think i would make a great representative of the South Pacific because i understand this diversity, i find beauty and uniqueness in this diversity.

To qualify to represent her country, Shei took part at the Nuigini Ice Fashion Show held in Port Moresby in November and placed second in its modelling competition. She said the World Supemodel regional finals was a great opportunity for Pacific island models.

I love the concept of the competition particularly coming from the Pacific Island regions the competition provides the platform for various girls of different age groups and backgrounds to showcase their talents, aspirations, beauty.

This competiton allows us to promote the diversity of the Pacific which is the real beauty in all this.

Sherridan Laufa at the Lamana Hotel during the Niugini Ice Fashion show at which she placed 2nd. Photo: Lamana Go
Sherridan Laufa at the Lamana Hotel during the Niugini Ice Fashion show at which she placed 2nd. Photo: Lamana Go

Shei’s mother was a Miss Papua New Guinea contestant in the early 90s and her older sister Ruby Shaaf was Miss Papua New Guinea 2012 and 3rd runner up at that years Miss South Pacific Pageant in American Samoa. Ruby is part of Sheis team in Fiji for the World Supermodel Pageant.

I remember accompanying her during her competition and am grateful she is in return is here for me. Family support is integral.

Shei told PNG media that she has had positive female role models growing up and this has inspired her to use the Fiji competition to preach about equality for women.

I’m up for this. This is a great platform to empower women and hopefully inspire other women to step out of their shells and contribute meaningfully to society.

The 12 models competing to be Miss World Supermodel South Pacific arrived at The Pearl last night and are today at their first competition, an island themed photoshoot.

The winner of the competition will represent the region in South Africa against 40 other international finalists competing for a 12-month contract with Trump Model Agency in New York.

The 12 models competing to be the south pacific representative to the World Supermodel Pageant in South Africa in March. Photo:  Fotofusion Photography
The 12 models competing to be the south pacific representative to the World Supermodel Pageant in South Africa in March. Photo: Fotofusion Photography

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