MALACCA: V. Devarani’s exuding elegance and confidence as she paraded in a beautifully sequinned saree succeeded in impressing the judges and convincing them to crown the 24-year-old Malacca Indian Association’s (MIA) Miss Saree Queen 2010.
The pharmacy undergraduate at AIMST University was surprised by her win, beating 11 others to capture the title and a crystal crown at the pageant held at Hotel Equatorial here recently in conjunction with the Deepavali festivities.
The petite lass from Tanjung Malim, Perak, who loves modelling, said it was not her first time winning a pageant but was still excited about this win.
“I bought this saree for my sister’s wedding three months ago, from Brickfields at RM360. It is a beautiful piece with elegant motifs.
“I got my elder sister and friends to help me out with the makeup, hairdo and accessories,” she said, adding that she could not wait to share the good news with her parents who were back in her hometown.
Besides the crown, Devarani also took home a 29-inch LCD TV, a cellphone, trophy, hotel stay vouchers and hamper.
Of the other finalists, 19-year-old Olinda Josephine Nicholas from Ipoh, Perak who took part with her twin sister Olivia Constance, won the first runner-up title while the latter bagged the third runner-up prize.
“We were taking part just for the fun of it and we never expected to win.
We will call our parents back home to inform them of the good news,” said a beaming Olinda.
Second runner-up Dashalini Kanasan, 24, was so impressive during the question-and-answer segment that she earned a big round of applause and cheers from the audience.
The final-year law student from Kulim, Kedah confidently replied that “humbleness” was the best quality parents could share with their children.
“When a person is humble in love, in his wealth, in his health and in life from young, they can achieve the impossible,” she elaborated.
Twelve contestants were selected as finalists from preliminary rounds held earlier.
Besides strutting down the catwalk in colourful traditional Indian attire before the 1,000-strong crowd, the finalists had to field questions in an interview segment.
The audience was also treated to a series of captivating Indian dances and songs.
Seventh-term MIA president Datuk Dr N. Athimulam said the association celebrated its 80th anniversary this year and remained one of the most active Indian associations in Malaysia.
“We have carried out a series of projects and activities aimed at helping Tamil schools and underprivileged families throughout the years,” he said, adding that the association had spent more than RM140,000 for such purposes in the last six years.
This year, said Dr Athimulam, a total of 13 computer notebooks and eight desktop computers worth some RM61,000 were donated to 21 Tamil schools in Malacca.
“The proceeds collected from the Deepavali charity dinner will also go to local community projects and charities,” he added.
Also present at the dinner was Human Resources Minister Datuk Dr S. Subamaniam, who lauded the association for their initiative and effort in caring for the underprivileged.
“MIA has lasted through the times and I hope it will continue its active role in organising more valuable projects to assist the needy and the poor in society,” he said.