Mrs India Malaysia 2014 Geetha Mani (seated left) and Miss India Malaysia 2014 Dhivasakti (seated right) after the prize-giving ceremony. They are flanked by their respective first and second runners-up.
DESCRIBE in one sentence the feelings Malaysians experienced when Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 went missing?
Lecturer Geetha Mani was asked this at the Miss and Mrs India Malaysia 2014 (MIM) finals recently.
The 28-year-old beauty’s answer helped her clinch the Mrs India Malaysia 2014 title.
“I honestly don’t remember what I said, I only know that I spoke from my heart and when I heard people clapping, I thought, I must have done something right,’’ said the mother of a one-year-old.
Dressed in a hot pink gown, Geetha said it was her first time participating in a beauty pageant, and she was surprised to have won.
As for the Miss India Malaysia 2014 title, the winner was 21-year-old undergraduate Y. Dhivasakti.
“I did it for fun and to gain some experience,’’ Dhivasakti said, adding that she was shocked to hear her name being announced the winner.
Dhivasakti will be representing Malaysia in the Miss India Worldwide 2014 pageant which will take place in Dubai in May.
A total of 40 countries will be participating in the event.
The 34 contestants of both titles took part in a Q&A session and talent competition prior to the finals. They paraded in sarees and evening gowns during the finals.
The top five finalists had to field questions posed by the judges.
This is the first time the organisers incorporated the Mrs India Malaysia category for married women, while the Miss India Malaysia title has been organised for five years now.
One of the crowd favourites was Mrs India Malaysia finalist Vickneswari Nadarajah.
Even though she did not make it to the top five, the 39-year-old who has a 12-year-old daughter, said she wanted to send a message to other women by taking part.
Miss India Worldwide managing director and national director Prof Dr Rupanand Palaniandy said: “Miss India Malaysia is a platform to create awareness that beauty is not just a pretty face, but also includes inner beauty and self-confidence.”
The finals at TM Convention Centre, Bangsar, was attended by Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz.