Birminghams Amrita Hunjan,
19, is crowned Miss India UK 2004
Birmingham, Mar 15 2004
Birmingham student Amrita Hunjan today told how she won
the Miss India UK title - after being entered for the competition
by her mum.
But the Birmingham University dentistry student has insisted
that although she is now looking forward to the world finals
in Delhi, she intends to keep her feet on the ground.
The 19-year-old from Selly Oak said she was concentrating
more on her exams than anything else at the moment.
"It was really exciting to win," she said. "It
was actually my mum who entered me - I didn't know anything
"I was really shocked when I won because all the girls
there had such a high level of talent. And I had hardly
slept for two nights beforehand because I was trying to
do the rehearsals and revision all at the same time.
"It is lovely to win but also a bit intimidating,
especially when I think about the world finals. But I think
that it does give you opportunities."
The Miss India UK contest looks for women who are not only
attractive but also talented and intelligent. To win Amrita
impressed judges with her singing talent and with her answers
to a host of questions.
"Obviously they want someone who has a certain physical
appearance and stage presence but they also want someone
who can show some intelligence," said Amrita, who is
originally from Leeds.
Amrita, who is in the second year of a six year course,
admitted it had been hard work trying to keep on top of
her studies and prepare for the competition, which was held
in Coalville, recently.
"The course is very intensive and I am worried that
taking time out for this has meant that my revision timetable
has fallen behind. But it was an opportunity worth taking.
"I always wanted to do dentistry," she said.
"My dad is a dentist and I remember really liking the
personal interaction that it involves.
"I definitely want to continue with my studies but
it will be interesting to see what opportunities arise from