26-year-old Tajiya Sahay was crowned Miss Cook Islands 2019 last Saturday, October 26 at the National Auditorium in Rarotonga.
The Australian-born half-Fijan beauty beat 6 other finalists to succeed last year’s winner, Reihana Koteka-Wiki.
Emma Kainuku-Walsh and Pearl Lazaro were the first and second runners-up, respectively, while Maruia Willie was named Miss Maeva Nui with Eva Parker as runner-up.
Tajiya will now prepare to represent her South Pacific Island country at the Miss World 2019 pageant in London, England in December.
The newly-crowned Miss Cook Islands is a netball coach and a fitness instructor. Before relocating to Rarotonga in 2016, she spent 8 years as an early childhood educator in Brisbane where she completed her Diploma in Early Childhood Education.
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