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India’s Parvathy Omanakuttan is first runner-up at Miss World 2008

Spicezee Bureau

Johannesburg, Dec 13: India’s Parvathy Omanakuttan, the confident beauty from Kerala, became the first runner up at the Miss World contest. The gala event saw the victory of the beauty in blue - Miss Russia, Ksenia Sukhinova. Miss Trinidad and Tobago, Gabrielle Walcott took the third spot.

The show was a lively affair where international beauties set the stage afire with lively African music setting the mood. The gowns were fabulous, the wit tickling, and the beauty simply ethereal. In the semi final round that had fifteen finalists, the enthusiasm was enormous.

However, the five finalists, Miss India: Parvathy Omanakuttan, Miss Trinidad & Tobago: Gabrielle Walcott, Miss Angola: Brigith dos Santos, Miss Russia: Ksenia Sukhinova, Miss South Africa: Tansey Coetzee, who stepped out for the question round had a peculiar similarity. Three were in angelic silver-white gowns, while Miss Russia stood out in an electric blue ensemble. The fiery South African beauty was in a red-orange flowing gown. The two runner ups were incidentally from the angelic-white trio.

The five finalists were asked what quality they thought qualified them for the Miss World crown. Miss Russia replied seriously, “I want to help people, and if I win the crown I will be able to do it better.” The answer was from the heart, and won over the jury.

For the same question, Parvathy replied that the two countries, that is South Africa and India, is home to two of the world’s most important personalities, Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela, and they have had an important influence on her life.

However, the wittiest was Miss South Africa, with her – Look at what I am able to do as Miss South Africa, imagine what would be the result if I am Miss World! Fiery inside-out!