Summer Tapasa-Sataraka continues to be an inspiration after she went viral
Remember the video of Samoan security worker Summer Tapasa-Sataraka which went viral after she stopped a thief from walking out of Best Buy Hawai'i?
The video caught the attention of UFC CEO Dana White and he flew Summer to Las Vegas for the weekend as his guest at UFC 246. Check out how it all went down for Summer here
KHON2 TV caught up with her today and she revealed that Dana and the UFC offered her a full time job at UFC headquarters in Las Vegas where she now works security for the organisations corporate office. Check out their video interview with her below -
“It’s been amazing. Everyone, they’re super, super nice,” she said. “I had a couple fighters take pictures of me like Jon Jones. It’s been pretty amazing since I’ve been here.”
She's received plenty of attention via social media and one of her most memorable messages was from a mother who reached out to her about her daughter -
‘My daughter is big and she’s built beautifully just like you.’ Every time I think of this message, I always get a little emotional because that was me,” said Tapasa, wiping away tears. “She’s wondering if she can be a great person just like me and it literally brought me to tears because as a kid, that was me asking, ‘How come I’m built like this? How come I’m so big?’ So being a big girl taught me to toughen up, taught me to have thick skin, especially with all the bullying going around, I didn’t stand for it. That wasn’t me, that wasn’t how I am.
“That made me super proud of what I did because if I can reach this little girl and teach her that big is beautiful and it’s not just about your looks, it’s about your heart.”