Editorial: Beauty queen makes the nation proud

Monday December 16, 2019 Written by Published in Editorials
Miss World Cook Islands Tajiya Sahay. (1st from right). 19121501 Miss World Cook Islands Tajiya Sahay. (1st from right). 19121501

Miss Cook Islands Tajiya Sahay’s reaction when her name was called out among the top 12 contestants of the Miss World, said it all.

She looked stunned when host and pop idol, Peter Andre, announced her name as the last semifinalist for the Miss World title.

Joining Andre on stage, the 26 year old said, “I’m feeling beyond happy. This is a true honour for the Cook Islands, I can’t believe it”.

Sahay went on to finish in sixth place, missing the final by a spot. However, she became the first Cook Islander to win the Miss World Continental Queen for Oceania title.

Hardly anyone would have given a contestant from a tiny Pacific island country any chance at the69th annual Miss World competition in London.

Competing at that level against 110 other beauty pageant winners from around the world is not an easy task.

It requires a lot of sacrifice, hard work and most importantly confidence, to make it through to the final rounds.

Sahay’s journey to Miss World event has not been an easy one. With limited resources at her disposal, she worked hard to ensure she was mentally and physically ready for the international event.

At the Miss World, she was one of the most loved contestants, gaining everyone’s attention with her Kia Orana smile and spirit.

She put on a superb effort in the various categories, overcoming the challenges with elegance and grace to finish in the top 12.

Sahay’s incredible and historic achievement has catapulted Cook Islands to greater heights.

Cook Islanders should all be proud of her effort as an ambassador of the country and its people.

We wish Sahay the very best in her upcoming journey. Well done, and well deserved.

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