Tagged: Pacific Islander women

Dame of the Day: Fiame Naomi Mata’afa

Fiame Naomi Mata'afa

Today’s Dame of the Day is Fiame Naomi Mata’afa. As a Samoan high chiefess, Mata’afa is currently the country’s Minister of Women, Community & Social Development. She is the first woman to hold a position in Samoa’s Cabinet and is one of the longest serving members of Parliament.

Dame of the Day: Shigeyuki Kihara

Shigeyuki Kihara

Today’s Dame of the Day is Shigeyuki Kihara (1975-). Born and raised in Samoa, Kihara immigrated to New Zealand when she was sixteen. Kihara is best known for her photographic collections of self-portraits portraying both male and female subjects. Her artwork reflects her identification as fa’afafine, the third gender of Samoa. She is the first New Zealander to ever display artwork at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.