She felt comfortable and confident, modelling garments made by local designers in the event held on Saturday at The Islander Hotel.
“The designs were all beautiful, and what I wore suited me. I loved each of them,” Sahay, 26, said.
“They can be worn for different occasions, the beach, to dinner, cocktails … they are bright, colourful and elegant.”
Sahay has great respect for designers, having designed the outfit she wears, herself.
Watching and listening to the creators prepare their garments for the show has been a learning experience for her.
“I design, I sketch, I draw, and give the detailed sketch to my tailor. All my outfits are me.”
Backstage with the contestants getting prepared for the catwalk, Sahay said she was a thrilled and excited to strut her stuff.
“If it wasn’t for the Miss Cook Islands pageant, we wouldn’t be putting ourselves out there. It takes so much courage; to do what we are doing.”
Sahay is enjoying the new friendship with the fellow contestants.
“We all know we are here for a reason, and we all love our country.”
She is looking forward to Saturday night, when the contestants will appear at the National Auditorium for the swim wear, pareu and talent sections.
“When I get to the mike, I get nervous, I might miss something. I’ll just be myself and not overthink it, and speak from the heart.”
Support the talented young women and purchase tickets from The Islander Hotel 21003, Taina White 76485 and Mere Short 54409. VIP tickets are $65, reserved seats $25, general $10 and children $5.