Local beauty keeps values despite big win

2012-02-18 00:00

“I’LL still be doing the dishes and helping cook at home.” So said Serina Kalkapersad (21) when she spoke to Weekend Witness after being crowned Miss India South Africa.

The Pietermaritzburg beauty was crowned at a glamorous event held at the Jewish Hall in Durban last Saturday.

Kalkapersad described herself as “bubbly, friendly and hard-working” and believes that those are the traits that helped her win her title.

She said she enjoyed interacting with people and found it easy to talk to and relate to them.

“I am a very compassionate person,” she said.

She matriculated from Heather Secondary in 2007, and dancing and modelling remained her hobbies throughout her schooling career.

She is still focused on her education and is reading for a Bachelor in Business Administration at the University of KwaZulu Natal, Pietermaritzburg campus.

Her mother, Rita Kalkapersad, said she was very proud of her daughter.

“It is a great achievement. She has worked hard but I am most proud of the mature manner in which she carries herself, with such poise and confidence.

“Things have not changed since she has won the title.

“Her responsibilities lie at a higher level,” she added.

As Miss India South Africa, Kal­kapersad will be representing the country in Mumbai on March 9 at the Miss India Princess International beauty pageant where she will compete against representatives from 20 other countries.

This title offers the winner a R72 000 purse, an opportunity to travel the world and an all-expenses-paid trip to the United States to attend New York Fashion Week, one of the biggest highlights in the international fashion industry.

Kalkapersad said that during her reign she would like to get involved in assisting a cancer association and that it would be fulfilling for her to invest time and effort to helping in some way.

The beauty queen added that it was her goal to represent the country the best way she could and she wanted to share what she had.

“I want to pass my knowledge of dance and modelling to the younger generations,” she said.

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