After making her mark in Dubai by winning the Miss India UAE 2004 crown, Madhuvanthi Ramakrishnan will soon be in Mumbai, to participate in the 14th edition of the Miss India Worldwide pageant, which is to be held in country's commercial capital.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Thu 30 Dec 2004, 2:13 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 12:34 AM

"I am a strapping 5.9' girl. Okay, I tend to cheat a little bit on that, but only a wee bit. But then, hey, that is a girl's prerogative," smiles Madhuvanthi.

A 20-year-old BBA graduate from the American College of Dubai, Madhuvanthi heaves a sigh of relief, having just completed her final exams. She has plans to begin an MBA or MIB (International Business) programme, with an institution in Dubai. "I am a Gulf-bred girl, who lived in Muscat for some time before moving to Dubai six years ago. The first glimpse of fashion consciousness that I might have inadvertently possessed was when I was a teeny weenie 7-year old and we had gone to Sohar for a weekend where the sohar Beach Hotel conducted a fashion show. I prepared for this because I was literally thrust into it by my zealous mom. Clad in one of her rich-looking kurtas."

"On the ramp, I was asked what my favourite game was and I said, 'cricket, because I like batting and bowling'. Not a very smart reply one would have to admit. But it helped and there I was with the kurta flowing all around me and the crown on my little head. The thrill of being a teeny-bopper beauty queen definitely gave me a taste of bigger things to come."

However, the Miss India UAE pageant, conducted by franchise holders Emirates Vision, consisted of three rounds — ethnic wear, casual wear and evening gowns. Two of these were also in addition to question and answer rounds. Besides winning the title, Madhuvanthi also won the prize for Miss Beautiful Skin.

Madhuvanthi says, "I do take good care of my skin, almost to the point of being obsessed. Simple things like drinking lots of water, eating fruits and yogurt and not indulging too much in fried foods or fizzy drinks can take you a long way. But having said that, it's all about give and take. You have to pass up on some mouth-watering delicacies that are sinfully rich-looking, if you want to stay clear of acne and pimples."

Madhuvanthi is looking forward to the next round that will bring together winners from all over the world. "I'm looking forward to Mumbai because it's going to be an invaluable experience for me. There will be a week of grooming for all the contestants by a team of experts, followed by the actual pageant. Hence we will be put through rigorous sessions of body toning, hair styling, make-up, personality-development, public speaking — and all these from the best in their fields. Besides, I will be spending the week with close to 35 other contestants from various parts of the world and this in itself will be an enthralling experience. And after all these benefits, if I win, it will surely be a bonus, but winning is not going to be the be all and end all, for I will be gaining much more than a title in Mumbai."

The Mumbai pageant has on its agenda a special talent round and Madhuvanthi, an accomplished dancer in her college, intends performing an Arabic cance, choreographed to a medley of Arabic songs. "I am proud to represent the UAE at this world event and a dance from the land is my way of saying thank you to Dubai. The city that helped me evolve over the years. Cliched as it may sound. To me winning isn't everything. As long as you have the right intentions towards a project and you work hard at giving it your 100 per cent, that is all that matters. Apart from doing the best I can, I intend learning from my peers and I will ensure that I leave a good impression behind."

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