Woman from 'poor and illiterate community, without electricity' wins beauty pageant in Jakarta

Photo by Church of the King on Unsplash
Photo by Church of the King on Unsplash

Cape Town - Santwana B Simran, who comes from a humble background in Odisha,  has won the Miss India International Miss Photogenic title in Jakarta. 

It's the first honour for the Korkutoua Desia community, who are mostly illiterate and without electricity.

Her family couldn't afford to fly her to Indonesia, so members of her community came forward to help.

In an interview, she said that Priyanka Chopra is her inspiration. 

Compiled by Graye Morkel