Miss World 2008

The eyes of the world were on one stage when Kseniya Sukhinova from Russia was crowned Miss World in a glittering, star-studded ceremony at the Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, the City of Gold. Though India’s Parvathy Omnakuttam lost the crown to the Russian beauty but she brought India back on the Miss World front after a long gap of 8 yrs, and won millions of heart along the way. On being announced as the first-runner up, the world witnessed a sight of controlled elation, and a graceful acceptance of losing the top crown.


The long-legged beauty from Kerala said: “I felt from childhood that it’s in my genes to bring international glory to India in the field of beauty. It’s a big achievement. I feel like a winner. I am thankful to my friends, colleagues and everyone who supported me. Their encouragement has brought me to this stage. My parents came all the way from Kerala to accompany me in Johannesburg. It gave me a lot of strength.”


After her scintillating and confident show at the Miss World 2008 pageant held in South Africa, Parvathy revealed  that she was really excited and rapturous over the success. Her confidence and poise throughout the gala ceremony was exemplary. She was also undeniably the hot favorite and was very popular among the online audiences for her commendable performances.


Parvathy reportedly, outwitted her other contestants in the final round of ‘Question-Answer’ session, when she stated that both India and South Africa have produced such world figures like Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela – and that both the nations are inherent in their indigenous rich cultures. Finally, Parvathy thanked Johannesburg for their magnanimous hospitality and warmth.


Parvathy seems enticed by Bollywood too. When questioned about her future plans, the beauty with the brains replied “I am looking forward to some quality time with my family. At the moment I am simply enjoying myself. After that if I get some good offers, why not say yes to them? I am ready to get into Bollywood if a good script comes my way.”


A little disappointed by the results, Parvathy said that she wanted to take India further and it would have been really great if she had won, “It would have been the 6th victory for India, and this in itself would be a record. But it’s really sad and upsetting that I lost out.”


A student of English literature, Parvathy has keen interest in glass painting, reading and different dance forms. Her message to the world was,”Do your best but be prepared for the worst.”


Whatever the result, India is proud of you, Parvathy!








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