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 Post Posted: Sun Apr 22, 2007 3:46 pm 
Aruni Rajapakse - Miss Sri Lanka 2007

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The glamorous pageant to choose Miss Sri Lanka 2007 took place at the Hilton on April 10, 2007. Aruni Rajapakse, from Kandy won the hearts of the audience, several mini pageants and walked away with the crown.

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The panel of judges for the finals were Rozanne Diasz. Ramani Fernando, Channa Daswatte, GM of Hilton William Costley and Sophia Blake.

The show started off with the girls stepping out in sarees provided by Mix Up, then the swimwear round and finally the evening gown segment designed by Michael Wijesuiya with fabric provided by Fabric Gallery.


A chat with Aruni, Miss Sri Lanka 2007

By Sherwani Synon / DM/ ST

The beautiful Miss Sri Lanka for Miss Universe 2007, Aruni Rajapaksa is both intelligent and pretty. Lat weekend Aruni bagged several mini titles before walking away with the crown.

"As you may have seen, my happiness and emotion took the better of me as I started to cry with happiness. Though I was a bit scared I was ecstatic about the fact that I won. When Maria was crowned 1st runner up I knew that I had won the pageant,.. befor Jackie (Miss Sri Lanka 2006) came and crowned me from behind…"

"Although I live in Colombo, my home town is Kandy and I schooled at Swarnamali Maha Vidyala in Kandy. Ever since I was small I was interested in modelling and then later as I grew older, I was keen on taking part in the Miss Sri Lanka contest for Miss Universe.” When asked whether she had prior experience in taking part in beauty pageants, she replied that she had won the Udrata Manike in the year 2004 and Capri Queen in 2005. “Although I wanted to take part sooner in the Miss Sri Lanka pageant I decided to take my time and gain more experience before participating in it." So how supportive were her parents? "At the start my father wasn't very supportive because some of his relations didn't like the idea of me being a model for we are Kandyan , but later on he changed his mind and now he's very supportive but most of all my mother and sister are the ones that have been right behind me, supporting me."

Talking more about the pageant she also added, "I also won several mini titles such as Himalaya Miss Talent, Veet Smoothest, Reebonn Miss Beautiful Skin and finally Hilton Miss Personality. For the Miss Talent pageant I performed a Kandiyan dance for a song by Chandra Lekha. Since I had taken dancing lessons when I was at school and this was for the Miss Sri Lanka I thought a dance act would be more suitable" she said .

So what does she hope to do in the future?

"My future plans are to continue with my modelling career which I have been doing for the past two years and also to be successful internationally as well. Of course I am looking forward to going to Mexico to represent my country in the Miss Universe 2007 pageant and I will try to serve Sri Lanka to the best of my ability…."

Twenty three-year-old Aruni Rajapakse was in tears at her winning moment -those tears spoke a million words of the happiness and great joy she felt at having been chosen to be her country's ambassador at the prestigious Miss Universe 2007 pageant.

The tall and slender beauty, 5 7' in height, spoke of her feelings and aspirations on winning the Miss Sri Lanka crown.

Youngest in a family of three, with an older brother and a sister, this young Kandyan beauty describes herself as a sensitive person with a lot of endurance. It is this facet of her personality that has helped her reach her goals, she says.

Since childhood, she had a passion for modelling - the path which she chose to slowly tread to reach her present position. Having won the 'Capri Queen 2005' and 'Udarata Menike 2004', Aruni's exposure to those in the field of fashion and designing during her two year modelling career further fuelled her desire to take part in an international pageant.

A student of Swarnamali Balika, Kandy, Aruni was an active participant in several drug prevention activities during her schooldays, organising awareness campaigns in remote areas for which her school had won an All Island Award in 2002.

After her G.C E Advanced Level examination in the Arts stream, Aruni joined the Kandy Technical College to do a secretarial course. However, her love for fashion and designing led her to get involved in organizing fashion shows in Kandy which led to modelling. With her talent for dancing, she has also taken part in a stage drama, a teledrama and some commercials.

"After having gained the experience needed, this time I thought of participating in the Miss Sri Lanka contest," she says adding that given her Kandyan family background, although her father, a retired Police Inspector, was not very happy about it, her mother and sister were able to convince him to let her go ahead.

"Now my entire family is very happy that I won this title and that I have got the opportunity to represent my country at an international pageant," she says smiling.

The Miss Sri Lanka pageant itself was a remarkable experience, according to Aruni."The time I spent with the other contestants was a great experience as I learnt a lot from them.”

Aruni says that she had been targeting four or five mini titles from the beginning and that she was particularly happy to have won the Miss Personality and the Miss Talent titles. "Winning the Miss Personality title made me realize that I would stand a chance of becoming Miss Sri Lanka," Aruni adds.

She is deeply conscious of the responsibilities and commitment that go with the title. "The idea that I should do my best and make my country proud in whatever way possible is always at the back of my head," she explains.

She had just 20 days after winning the Miss Sri Lanka crown to get herself prepared for the big day before she leaves to Mexico on April 28. "But from the beginning of the Miss Sri Lanka pageant we were guided to face the international pageant and prepared as to how we should face the Miss Universe pageant."

Aruni believes she should concentrate on promoting Sri Lanka's national identity, Lankan culture and values. "Rather than telling them verbally, may be from the way I behave, I would try to create a strong impression about our country among the other contestants. I want to make them feel the essence of our country- to make them understand that Sri Lanka is a country with lot of potential," she says.

In the future, Aruni is hoping to use her title to serve the community by doing a lot of charity work, especially in her home town.


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