Miss Universe 2009 to come to India for AIDS awareness

Updated: May 28, 2010, 18:27 PM IST

New Delhi: Miss Universe Stefania Fernandez is coming to India to spread awareness about AIDS and female foeticide in the country.

The beauty queen will go on a six-city tour from June 25 to July 5 and will be visiting slums as well as orphanages during her tour.

"Three cities Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore have been finalised and we are considering other options like Kolkata, Pune and Jaipur," fashion designer Sanjana Jon, who is organising the tour, told PTI.

Fernandez will also be supporting a `Get Tested` campaign, urging people to take the HIV test so that they do not spread the disease due to ignorance.

The initiative has been taken by IG International, of which Sanjana is a founding member. The company has been associated with the Miss Universe organistaion since 2003 and has brought many title winners to the country earlier.

"In 2004, we had brought Jennifer Hawkins to India and in 2005 we got Natalie Glebova. We have a consistent tie-up with the Miss Universe organisation and conduct these tours every year," said Sanjana.

"We usually hold up the cause of AIDS, but this year we have an added one - save the girl child," she added.

The designer thinks it is very important that people like Fernandez, who have a global appeal, should support causes in India.

"People always listen to them who they aspire to be like. A Miss Universe is a global figure. It is very important that they come to India," said Sanjana.