PETALING JAYA: Law student Thanuja Ananthan believes in second chances. Although she was only a finalist in Miss World Malaysia last year, she persevered and returned to win the Miss World Malaysia 2009 crown.
“I came back because I believed that I still had that little bit more to give,” an ecstatic Thanuja said.
The 23-year-old said she was very nervous before the winner was announced as she felt that she had not given her best shot in the question and answer session.
Thanuja was asked what she would do if a scandal about her was to surface after she was crowned.
“Scandals are disgraceful gossips and I do not condone them. There never was and never will be any about me because I stick to my principles and will not compromise in anything that is against something I strongly believe in,” she answered calmly.
The pageant finale was held at a shopping centre here last night.
The first runner up was Stefanie Chua, while Christy Yeoh was the second runner up.
Thanuja will be in London to participate in various Miss World activities next month before the big day in Johannesberg, South Africa on Dec 12.
The proceeds from this year’s pageant will go to the StART Society that provides underprivileged children with the opportunity to develop their potential in arts.