Miss India World from Jaipur, Koyal Rana, representing India at Miss World 2014 in London tonight in the grand finale says she was waiting for the opportunity and has worked hard to get the crown back to India as it was Priyanka Chopra who won it last time in 2000.
“This opportunity will allow me accomplish all that I dreamt of. I have my eyes focused on the crown and will give it my best to get the crown back,” she added.
Koyal will compete with other contestants from over 121 countries at the international pageant, that will take place tonight. She stand 7/1 in odds compared to Venezuela who leads further.
It was in the year 2000 when Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra won the Miss world title for India.
Meanhwile, Lara Dutta, the last Indian lass to bring the Miss Universe crown home in 2000, said the trainers should focus on the new lot, their individualities and train them to be all-rounders before sending them abroad for pageants.
“All of them (aspirants) either try to embrace Aishwarya Rai, Priyanka or me, but I think if they can bring their own individuality and personality, it will be more important thing.
Srishti Rana bagged the Miss Asia Pacific World title last year, but it has been a dry spell for India at Miss Universe and Miss World contests since 2000.
Lara says there are several reasons behind the contestants not winning the crown.
“The (format of the) contest has changed a lot from the time Priyanka Chopra, Dia Mirza or I won. So, I think it’s good step to re-brand the entire thing because internationally too the requirements are changing. The way the contests are conducted is way different from the time we won,” said the 36-year-old.
“You need to send somebody who is complete all rounder, just one thing won’t work. You are put in various sort of environmental situation where you have to work on your articulation, confidence and be on your feet.
“It is important that girls around the country really know what goes into making a beauty pageant winner. It’s not just about girl who looks good in bikini or who has a nice smile or nice body or thing like that.
“It’s a lengthy process to select a girl. I think girls should get more exposure before they compete internationally,” she said
Like other sectors, here too social media is playing an important role.
“Today, social media and things like that are so big that these girls are actually getting bigger media reach before they actually occupy a title. I think it’s a great concept,” she said.(IANS)