AFTER weeks of gruelling preparation, 23-year-old Kuala Lumpur law student Thanuja Ananthan was crowned Miss World Malaysia 2009.
“I am ecstatic about having won and can’t thank the judges and my supporters enough,” said Thanuja, whose passion is to help those in need.
“I am proud and humbled to be part of the pageant,” she added.
Apart from the crown and the sash, the 180cm-tall beauty also walked away with two AirAsia tickets to the Gold Coast, Australia, make-up sets worth RM3,000 from Definite Cosmetics, RM7,000 and a one-year Celebrity Fitness membership with personal training sessions.
|Thanuja Ananthan (centre) along with Christy Yeoh (left) and Stefanie Chua after winning Miss World Malaysia 2009.|
Thanuja will also represent Malaysia in the Miss World competition in Johannesburg, South Africa, in December.
The first runner-up was 21-year-old Stefanie Chua, while 23-year-old Christy Yeoh was second runner-up.
Jaslene Gonzalez, who was one of the judges at the pageant, said Thanuja deserved the crown and empathised with her as Thanuja entered the pageant twice to finally win — something Gonzalez had experienced.
Gonzalez also said that she learned a lot after judging the pageant.
“It’s just so wonderful to see that the people here still cherish their culture. I was impressed when I saw finalists in their traditional attire.”
Over the years, the Miss World Malaysia series has raised more than RM15 million for charity.
This year, StART Society, an academy dedicated to serving poor children, will benefit from the pageant.