Tonga & # 39; s National Beauty Contest has been fired at after explosive allegations of bullying, cheating, cheating and cheating.
The final of Miss Heilala burst into chaotic scenes last week when the ruling winner Kalo Funganitao came on stage to unleash an explosive tirade that struck the organizers of the prestigious pageant.
The New Zealand law student used her farewell speech to describe Miss Heilala as traumatic over the past twelve months, making she & # 39; a shell of a person & # 39; claiming she was bullied and not supported by the organizers.
& # 39; During my time at the pageant in the Pacific Islands, I have experienced this to such a degree that I have described it traumatically, & # 39; the beauty queen claimed.
& # 39; My mother and I were buried, lied to, stopped and confused. Instead of focusing on parades, I tried to find answers. I have never felt such a lack of support from people supposedly in roles to help me. & # 39;
Reigning Miss Heilala winner Kalo Funganitao sparked controversy during last week's final
She also claimed that she had to pay her own way if she traveled to a number of Miss Heilala functions.
Desperate to get the process back on track, the organizers cut her microphone and instructed the DJ to play loud music to drown out the rest of her speech.
But Funganitao remained unaffected and screamed about the music while her mother and brother accompanied her on stage.
& # 39; Enough is enough and I won't tolerate any more fakes! & # 39; she exclaimed.
& # 39; If you have the guts to attack a person as a group in such a cowardly way, then you can tackle the consequences when she shares her experience with the whole world! & # 39;
At the end of her tirade she took off her crown and rushed off the stage, applause from the audience and 2019 finalists, who were also on the stage at that time, including Miss Tonga Australia Anna-Naseisa Ma & # 39; ilei, who ABC this week she is at Mrs. Funganitao.
Kalo (photo) accused lamenting organizers of bullying, cheating, cheating and cheating and has since moved to social media to meet her explosive claims
Organizers recognized Mrs. Funganitao has promoted Tonga in the last 12 months, but since then she has erased her name from election records.
& # 39; It is unfortunate that Miss Ambassador, Funganitao, as Tonga's ambassador, has not fulfilled her duties and obligations, & # 39 ;, the committee said in a statement.
& # 39; She has failed to transfer her reign to the newly elected Miss Heilala 2019-2020. & # 39;
The committee also stated that it did not approve of any form of bullying but did not respond to other allegations, RNZ reported.
Mrs. Funganitao has since gone to social media to comply with her claims and to assure everyone that she is doing well.
The winner of the Miss Heilala in 2019 was crowned shortly after Kalo Funganitao left the scene
& # 39; My last address was the right time and place for what I said. No one else can tell, because you have never experienced what I did, & she placed.
& # 39; No one else can tell, because you have never experienced what I did. & # 39;
& # 39; I am doing well, I am loved and supported by people who are important to me and I have taken my position.
& # 39; Despite the few that show ugliness, there is more beauty. That must be cherished so that it eradicates the ugliness that stubbornly refuses. & # 39;
Ms. Funganitao also emphasized that she did not feel bad about this year's finalists.
The election committee has removed winner Kalo Funganitao from its registers since 2018
& # 39; These ladies and what they represent are the hope for the future of not only Tongan women, but Tongans across the board, & # 39; she placed.
& # 39; These women have the potential to be authority in their own country – not one of them needs a title or crown to do this.
& # 39; No one should ever do that. I applaud, respect and love each of them because they reflect the beauty that exists in our Tongan society. & # 39;
She was not the only main speaker who was involved in controversy at night.
Leoshina Mercy Kariha, who won the Miss South Pacific election in December, was subjected to racist mistreatment during her speech, where a member of the crowd allegedly shouted that she & # 39; black, ugly and disgusting & # 39; used to be.
Mrs. Kariha later took on Facebook to confirm that she made a racist comment at night, but insisted that her time in Tonga was overwhelmingly positive and treated with great dignity and respect.
Kalo Funganitao was supported on stage by her mother and brother because the organizers are trying to interrupt her explosive farewell speech
The controversial event has triggered calls for reconsiderations of parades in the region of the Pacific Islands.
& # 39; The whole problem of bullying, sexual harassment … is going on everywhere (the history of the election), & # 39; said Shamima Ali, the director of Fiji Women's & Crisis Center The Guardian.
Betty Blake, director of the NGO Ma & # 39; a Fafine Moe Famili Tonga added: & # 39; It's outdated, we shouldn't do this anymore … For me, as an advocate for gender, I believe it's not fair , it doesn't do I treat our girls the right way and give them dignity and respect, & she said.
Yehenara Soukoup (photo) was crowned the new Miss Heilala on Tonga last week
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