Beauties to vie for Miss India world title at ICC

2010-03-23 00:00

INDIAN beauties from around the world introduced themselves to Pietermaritzburg at a luncheon at Daymed Private Hospital in Raisethorpe yesterday.

Hospital staff converted an open basement space into a glittering banquet hall for the finalists of the Miss India Worldwide pageant, which takes place on March 27 at Durban’s International Connvention Centre.

Kajal Lutchminarian (21) represents South Africa in the competition and is far from being just a pretty face.

Lutchminarian, originally from Tongaat, is a fourth-year medical student at Walter Sisulu University, Mthatha.

She decided to enter the competition after finishing at the top of her class last year.

“When that happened, I knew I was at a point in my life where I could handle the extra responsibility,” she said.

The university confirmed her marks for the 2009 surgery exam as the highest in its history.

Lutchminarian admitted to being extremely busy with her studies and the responsibilities of representing SA in the pageant, but said she is “good at juggling and multi-tasking”.

She added that the pageant is something “every girl should have the opportunity to do”.

“It’s all about confidence,” she said. “A girl who knows how to walk, talk and present herself will shine in any circumstance.”

MPL Amichand Rajbansi addressed the gathering and highlighted the contributions the Indian community has made to society.

He elaborated on the three “B’s”: “brawn, brains and beauties”.

“Brawn as Indians came to South Africa 150 years ago as indentured labourers,” he said.

Brains, because “42% of America’s IT scientists are Indian”. And beauties, referring to the finalists representing their various Indian communities.

While all finalists boasted perfect smiles and flowing dark hair, their different accents marked their diversity.

Namrata Udani of Ireland said South Africans’ humility reminds her of humble Irish people. Although she was dressed in a traditional Indian punjabi, her rolling “r’s” gave away her Irish heritage.

Melanie Veness, CEO of Pietermaritzburg Tourism, welcomed the finalists to the city and encouraged them to discover KwaZulu-Natal’s world heritage sites and natural beauty.

The beauties will model, perform and answer questions this weekend in the hope of being crowned Miss India Worldwide.




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