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Siyatha Lux Miss Sri Lanka for Miss World 2013:

So the crown goes to...

Siyatha Lux Miss Sri Lanka for Miss World is one of the most important beauty pageants in Sri Lanka's fashion calender today. A lucky young woman will be selected under many criteria to represent her nation at the Miss World 2013 pageant which will be held at the Sentul International Convention Center, Sentul and Nusa Dua, Indonesia, on September 28.

The event is presented by Model Shop in association with Siyatha TV, Kiss and the Sunday Observer . Daily News is the print media partner of the event. The key organizers of the event, Sangeetha Weerarathne and Shereen Kumaranatunge, unfurled their thoughts about the gala event.

"We have done our best in organizing a pageant of international standard. We have studied the features of modern day beauty contests and added some of those features to enhance the show. All the contestants are selected via applications.

They need to be compatible with the given criteria and our terms and conditions. Our objective is to gather the most talented and good looking girls from across the country and bring them onto a common platform. There they will be able to display their talents to the nation. The one who manages to outshine the rest will be crowned Miss Sri Lanka for Miss World," Weeraratne explained the procedure of the event.

She added that Sri Lanka has an abundance of girls who are interested in the fashion and beauty field. They are qualified and competent to take part in the event. However the main obstacle for them is that no doors open easily for them to step into the industry. They are neither encouraged nor given a helping hand to enhance their skills.

"These kind of pageants work as eye-openers for girls to get involved in the scene. They will be given the necessary training to compete with international beauties," Weeraratne said.

She also noted that the event is not limited to Colombo. Girls from all parts of the country have been welcomed to take part in the event. They have paid special attention to those from outstation areas since they believe that those from those regions are versatile. It is just a matter of brushing up their skills so that they will shine like diamonds!


Shereen Kumaranatunge

Sangeetha Weerarathne

According to Weeraratne one major setback that does not allow the girls to bloom to their full potential is their lack of confidence in their abilities. One of the team's main targets is to make the girls have faith in their talents.

Twelve girls have already made it to the finals of the competition. They are Sharon Huyghebaert (18) from Bandarawela, Buddhika Jayawardena (19) from Kotte, Imaya Liyanage (21) from Wennappuwa, Chrishelle Wickramasekara (23) from Ja Ela, Erandika Dissanayake (21) from Malabe, Kaushila Kodikara (20) from Colombo, Thilini Amarasooriya (18) from Kiribathgoda, Tristine Fernando (21) from Wattala, Iresha Asanki (22) from Moratuwa, Chulakshi Ranatunga (23) from Nittambuwa, Nadeeka Silva (23) from Ragama and Jayamali Erangika (20) from Kiribathgoda. These finalists are being given a thorough training by the team on areas such as how to walk, behave, speak, perform etc.

Speaking to the Daily News Kumaranathunga said that the pageant will be conducted in a fair manner in every aspect. She also noted that the sponsors are giving maximum support to make the event a success.

Two mini pageants named, Ponds face of the year and Sunsilk most beautiful hair were held recently at the Hilton Residence. There are three more mini pageants to be held in the upcoming days. The final will take place on July 9.

The pageant has a dual purpose. It is not only going to select a Miss Sri Lanka but is looking to create a strong contestant who will be able to challenge other contestants from across the world at the Miss World 2013 competition.

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