New Delhi, Dec 10 (IANS) The last time India won the Miss World pageant was in 2000. But experts busy grooming Parvathy Omanakuttan say she has the vivacity, warmth and beauty to bag the crown again for the country.
Standing tall at 5 feet 9 inches, 21-year-old Parvathy will compete with 109 contestants at the Sandton Convention Center in Johannesburg, South Africa, Saturday. Zee CafÃ© will telecast the Miss World 2008 contest live at 8.30 p.m.
'She has the 'X' factor that sets apart a supermodel from the models. It's her vivacity and warmth that make her instantly likeable. She is a perfect mix of beauty with brains,' diction expert Sabira Merchant said in a statement.
Ace photographer Subi Samuel admires Parvathy a lot and believes she exudes class and confidence and this could do the trick for her.
Talking on the same lines, fitness expert Deanne Pandey said: 'She is an ideal blend of panache and poise. Her face just lights up each time she smiles.'
Ace choreographer Sandeep Soparrkar said: 'You cannot take your eyes off her even in a room full of gorgeous women and that is the hallmark of a beauty queen.'
Expectations from millions of Indians are acting as an inspiration for Parvathy as she feels 'this is a big responsibility' and is trying her best to live up to the hopes of everyone.
'This contest is not only about winning but with it comes the responsibility of upholding the name of the country. I am trying to be a stronger person to face the contest and I will try my level best to make every Indian all over the world proud,' she explained.
Like many beauty queens, Parvathy too is smitten by the big screen and says she would love to act if the 'right' kind of roles fall into her kitty.
'I would love to do a movie opposite Salman Khan and Hrithik Roshan, as I have a big time crush on these guys,' she said.
Parvathy indeed has big shoes to fill as India boasts of Miss Worlds like Reita Faria (1966), Aishwarya Rai Bachchan (1994), Diana Hayden (1997), Yukta Mookhey (1999) and Priyanka Chopra (2000).