Miss-terious girl Tajiya

Thursday December 12, 2019 Written by Published in Entertainment
Tajiya with her sister Yaleisha Shanasa, left, and mum Ruth Sahay. 19121102 Tajiya with her sister Yaleisha Shanasa, left, and mum Ruth Sahay. 19121102

Miss Cook Islands Tajiya Sahay will be starstruck as she dances on stage this weekend with her pop idol Peter André.


Sahay, 20, spoke to Cook Islands News ahead of Saturday final in London – the crowning night of the Miss World pageant.

“I am right on the front stage, on the center dancing with Peter Andre who sings one of my favourite songs ‘Mysterious Girl, I can’t wait, I feel that will be the 100 per cent highlight of Saturday night or if I make it to the top five,” she said.

Just being in the pageant and participating was a story on its own, she said.

“It will be a story I’ll be telling for years to come when I will be a grandma, I will be telling my grandchildren in the future - Yeah that’s your grandma dancing on stage with Peter Andre, dancing to ‘Mysterious Girl’. A moment I will never forget.”

Sahay said being part of the Miss World event was something she never thought she would be doing in a million years- being surrounded with 122 girls on the international stage.

She was one of a handful of contestants chosen last night to present their auction gift – a Cook Islands black pearl.

“A black pearl begins from a small grain of sand and evolves into something magical. Not one is made the same, they are all very unique and special, just like you and I,” she said.

All the contestants were passionate about helping their countries, their communities, their people, the world. “I feel very honoured and proud to be among such incredible, talented and inspiring women. To be among all of that I feel I am also contributing in a positive way.”

She said the pageant had helped her learn more about the world, different traditions and culture that had enlightened her.

“I feel I have grown along the way and have taken on board more worldly issues and makes me want to embark on more journeys and contribute to the world. I want to help make a difference, whether big or small.”

Sahay said over the past few days they had competed in the fast track round, top model, sportswoman, talent and beauty with a purpose.

“Fortunately, we do not suffer with horrible circumstances such as poverty some of these countries go through, I was incredibly emotional watching the top 10 videos.”

Miss Cook Islands is doing well in the popular vote: she has more votes on www.missworld.com than some contestants from very large countries.

However, it is the judges who decide the top 40 – and this will be announced on Saturday morning.

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