But she made it at the Miss World pageant as she was crowned Miss Oceania.
Other than that, she was more excited and nervous when she made it through to the top 12 finalists at the Miss World pageant this morning.
“Let’s embrace it and make the most of it. Let’s enjoy every moment because it is a once in a life time opportunity.”
Sahay, 20, has given her heartfelt meitaka ma’ata to the people of the Cook Islands who’ve shown their support in her Miss World pageant competition.
Cook Islanders will be reading their newspapers over breakfast today – but the 122 Miss World 2019 contestants will be onstage in London in a blaze of lights.
The judges’ verdicts this morning will decide the futures of some of them: most will have been given a stepping stone to help make a difference to their communities – but which one will now be celebrated on the global stage.
Sahay thanked the Miss Cook Islands committee, for providing her the opportunity to enter the prestigious Miss World family.
“You have opened doors for me that will lead me to new opportunities, future endeavours and experiences,” she said.
“I'll always be grateful that you were able to send me on such an unforgettable, once in a lifetime journey and most importantly given me the chance to represent my beautiful Cook Islands.”
Tickets to today’s final range from £27.50 (NZ$56) for a seat behind a pillar, half-obscuring the stage, up to £220 (NZ$444) for a VIP seat near the front.
Tajiya Sahay will have the best position in the House – up on the stage. But the 26-year-old Rarotonga fitness trainer has had to pay the most as well, dedicating months of her life to the dream.
On winning Miss Cook Islands in October, she revealed to Cook Islands News has brave journey from a shy, “borderline obese” teenager on the brink of severe heart problems, to an inspirational trainer who is working with youth to help them to fitness and healthy diets.
Yesterday, Sahay said she was honoured to have been given the platform, and hoped to do her best to make every Cook Islander proud.
“It's not easy for a little Island locked away in the South Pacific to be able to accomplish something as big as preparing for Miss World, but we did it. With the help of our generous community and encouragement of the association we did it.”