Miss Oceania Cook Islands Tajiya Sahay said the objective of the project is to “empower women to be confident and comfortable in their own skin.”
“We should all be and have a positive outlook and not judge people on their exterior.
“And we should really start looking on people’s qualities and what they have to offer; what does it matter if they are wearing a bikini or that dress; that stuff doesn’t accomplish anything.”
Sahay’s ‘Move with Me’ campaign promotes living active life styles.
“It’s really not about being skinny, it’s about taking care of yourself mentally and physically.”
She instructs exercise classes every afternoon in Tupapa and is blown away with the good results of people who attend the programme.
“It’s good to hear them say they have more energy, they can sleep at night better, go for walks and not care, go to the gym and not feel intimidated, that’s what my campaign is all about; not about looking perfect.”
“We care about the stats that say we are getting healthier,” added Sahay. “That’s why I want to take care of my body, I want to keep it healthy.”