Woman of value!
Bagging another international victory for Sri Lanka, renowned model
Aruni Rajapaksha beamed with delight as she shared the news of her new
found victory with her fellow companions and well wishers.
Picture by Sarath Peiris
Radiating beauty and intelligence
Winning the second runner up title at the Bride of the World
international beauty pageant is a feather in her cap indeed for it
brought fame not only to the stunning lady but also to her motherland.
Her radiance, presentational skills, intelligence and most significantly
her Asian mannerism contributed to her victory.
Bride of the World winners
The Bride of the World competition was held in Macau, China, in
October. Compared with past and reigning beauty pageants, Bride of the
World takes on a totally different format. Still two years young, its
main focus is not on beauty and visage but more on family values,
marriage, motherhood, career and feminine behaviour. It is an exemplary
pageant which emphasizes the value of womanhood rather than the outer
“It was a totally different experience for me. We had to do
presentations which signify women’s values and their role in our
country. Being Sri Lankan, I am proud that we have a lot of values in
connection with a woman’s role. I scored a lot of marks by presenting
our social and cultural values to the jury. My national costume, too,
drew a lot of interest as it is beautiful and unique. I worked hard and
was totally dedicated to the pageant. My entire focus was on bringing
victory to my country. It was fruitful as I was rewarded with success,”
an elated Aruni informed the Daily News.
Christina Mikkelsen from Denmark was the winner of Bride of the World
2012. The first runner up was Fong In Inez Leong of Hong Kong. Around 34
countries took part in the event. The girls had to present themselves in
different costumes for a number of sessions. However the competition did
not require them to don bikinis. They were interviewed many times so
that each got the opportunity to establish their personalities and the
country’s image in the judges’ minds and among the audience. The finale
saw the contestants on bridal gowns. This, she stressed, was the most
eye catching moment of the event. Imagine 34 beauties dazzling the stage
in a range of breath-taking, soft coloured fabrics!
The Bride of the World concept derived as a means of promoting Asian
Family values in the west. While most of the beauty pageants are based
on the western culture, Bride of the World is more into nurturing the
feminine role model. It was incepted by a Singaporean named Cheng Keng
Teo who believed that the Asian world needs to promote its values among
the rest of the globe. According to the Bride of the World team, the
word ‘Bride’ stands for benevolence/bravery, respect/resilience,
intelligence/integrity, devotion/dedication and endurance/enterprising.
This is not the first time that Aruni has taken part in an
international beauty pageant. She was Miss Sri Lanka for the Miss
Universe competition in 2008. She has also competed in the Ms Tourism
Queen International and Ms International competitions.
A successful model who had seen her picture adorning many cover pages
in magazines and newspapers, Aruni recently debuted into acting Udara
Palliyaguruge’s film , Super Six . She has also appeared in an item song
in a Kannada movie.