PMB’s Serina is India’s beauty princess

2012-03-17 00:00

LIVING up to her goal to make South Africa proud, Maritzburg beauty Serina Kalkapersad has clinched the 2012 Miss Indian Princess International title.

“Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would win this title,” said the former Heather Secondary pupil.

She said the competition was tough and she believed it was her energy, poise and confidence that won her the title.

“The organisers admired my loyalty and love for my country.”

Kalkapersad said that for her the title was more than making appearances at special events and functions; it was giving her the opportunity to pursue her dreams of opening her own dance and modelling school.

“I want to open up doors for the future Indian models in South Africa,” Kalkapersad said.

She said that during her reign she intended to develop international relationships in the modelling and dancing industry and hoped to form partnerships once she started her school.

Kalkapersad has started making contact with some of the charities in Pietermaritzburg to get involved with charity work some way.

“When we were in Mumbai we went to many different charities. We played with the children, taught them games and songs and just brought some happiness into their lives,” she said. “This is something I would like to pursue in Pietermaritzburg.”

Kalkapersad said she used to watch pageants when she was younger and ask her mother why the winner always cried even though she was happy. After her overwhelming crowning, she said, she now understood why.

Back home in Pietermaritzburg she soon came down to earth, attending to her daily chores, errands and other household duties as the older daughter in the house.

Kalkapersad will be making guest appearances and travelling the world next year, but said her heart would always be in “Sleepy Hollow”.

“I will remain grounded and grateful to be given this chance and will do my best to continue to make my family, community and country proud.”

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