Being graceful and gracious is key to success:
Though she is crowned for beauty, she calls it
“subjective”. Gamya Wijayadasa does not sit on her laurels but believes
this subjective element should be used to bring about a change.
“A blend of experience, knowledge and confidence perfects beauty,”
says Gamya Prasadini Waidurya Wijayadasa who was crowned Derana Miss.
Sri Lanka this time to contest the Miss World pageant to be held in
South Africa in December.
Beauty is not a stand alone factor but only one of the many reasons
to win, the vibrant 22-year old vying for the Miss World title noted.
Change of attitudes may take one a long way and in the pageant history
this change is vital, Wijayadasa said.
The conventional thinking is that beauty is the decisive factor in
selecting a beauty queen but it should not be mere skin deep but be well
laced with intelligence, fortitude and talent, she elaborated. “I would
like to see a change in conventional pageantry and it would open doors
in this arena for even less privileged to reach the helm,” the Melbourne
based Sri Lankan noted.
“Many people see beauty pageantry as branching of fashion modelling
which is not right,” she said noting that this view should be treated
with care to have more Sri Lankans on the top row in international
It is the dynamic training and a resultant complete individual that
wins the day, Wijayadasa elaborated.“Most countries in the forefront of
beauty pageantry pay attention to all these aspects when producing
beauty queens. They invest billions of dollars to set up those
organizations dedicated to grooming and pageantry.
Sri Lanka can not finance such process but the only thing we can do
is to choose the right candidate to represent the country,” the Sri
Lankan beauty remarked. As the Sri Lankan candidate contesting the
global contest Wijayadasa believes in reflecting of authentic Sri Lankan
identity would win her a place among the highly prospective contestants
as manyas 100. “If we try to be more ‘international’ than Sri Lankan
there would not be any difference. So how can we show them that we have
There are so many qualities that make us different from others. One
such quality is smile. In the current scenario Sri Lankan smile
indicates the grace under pressure.
As a country, we have gone through many painful experience but we
have overcome insurmountable challenges. That strength and resilience
should be reflected. And the other aspect is creativity. We are an
artistic nation. So we ought to prove that quality to secure a place
globally,” Wijayadasa observed. Wijayadasa’s skills and experience in
diverse spheres helped mould her personality and shaped confidence. She
has worked as a voluntary journalist in Melbourne and mastered both Up
Country and Low Country dance traditions which helped her grow close to
her native roots even though she grew up in a foreign land.
She was in her final stage of her Masters degree in Applied Commerce
at the University of Melbourne when she applied for the Derana Miss. Sri
Lanka pageant in February this year. Wijayadasa read her Bachelors in
Psychology at the same university and studies fashion design as well.
She attended Musaeus College, Colombo till Grade six before moving to
Singapore and later Australia. She is the only child born to a mother
who is a software engineer and father, a businessman.
“I used to watch with outpouring enthusiasm when Ashwarya Rai was
crowned Miss. World. It was heartening to watch how the crowds welcomed
her. Though I was around eight years old then, it inspired me to come to
the spotlight later in life,” Wijayadasa recalled. “I believe we get
only one chance to create a difference and I got to make the best use of
this. I’m confident to face the challenge,” the young enthusiast vows.
She says she adheres to a rule by Napoleon Hill- What the mind can
conceptualize can be achieved. “I go by that rule. I believe we need not
compete. What we got to do is to be determined, set a goal and reach
there. You would not be exhausted or pressurized but can achieve the