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Wearing the hard-earned crowns: Sangheetaa (center) flanked by Venagary (right) and Arveen.
Aspiring lawyer Sangheetaa Phary was crowned Miss Malaysia Indian Global 2013 at the grand finals, defeating 14 other finalists to take home the crown.
Sangheetaa won the judges’ heart at the event held in Petaling Jaya Hilton recently when she was asked what could be done to curb gangsterism in schools.
She answered: “Abdul Kalam (former Indian president) said the building of nations starts from home. Therefore, the answer to gangsterism in schools lies in proper parental guidance at home.”
She received a round trip to London, Paris, Lucerne, Venice, Florence and Rome courtesy of Lemon Holidays and the Miss Malaysia India Care Association (MMICA) and a 3D/2N holiday package from Four Points by Sheraton Sandakan, among other prizes.
Pageant founder T. Pushparani said the winner was someone who embraced the spirit of the programme.
“This pageant will always stand out as a unique testimony of wisdom and lasting impressions overriding common perceptions. It aims to find a balance between beauty, academic intelligence and wisdom,’’ she said.
Human resource specialist Arveen Kaur, 26, and accounts graduate Venagary Rajee, 24, were crowned first and second runners-up respectively.
They each received holiday packages to Taiwan and Cochin, India courtesy of Lemon Tours and MMICA among other prizes.
The two other contestants rounding up the top five were Jilian Kaur, 24, and Harini Shanmuga Velu, 23. Both were appointed Gift Her With Life Ambassadors.
They each received a holiday package to Hanoi, Vietnam courtesy of Lemon Tours and MMICA among other prizes.
The top five winners also received a GPS Navigation System from M3 Asia Technologies, Hair Treatment Packages from Hair Quay and Schwarzkopf Professio-nal, Spa Packages from Samkkya Ayurveda, gifts from Tribal Asia, and sarees from The Bombay Connection (TBC). Other sponsors included UFL and the Westin Langkawi Resort & Spa.
The 15 finalists were shortlisted from 207 applicants after undergoing three elimination rounds.
Their first elimination round was the National Selections, which was part of a boot camp held in August.
Sixty girls were shortlisted for the Talent Round last month.
A total of 25 girls made it to the Community and Environment Awareness Programme in Sungai Sedim, Kedah and 15 made it to the grand finals.
Funds raised from the gala dinner will go towards the MMICA grassroots empowerment workshops and small education grants programme for postgraduate students in government universities.
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