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Poised to win

Tanya Soni is all set to participate in the Mrs. World pageant to be held at Las Vegas shortly.

LADY IN RED: Gearing up for the pageant.

THE CITY has quite a few stunners who have brought laurels and crowns back home. Diana Hayden won the Miss World and now Tanya Soni takes on centre stage to contest for the Mrs World slated for June 23 to be held at Las Vegas.

Poised, confident and prepared Tanya observes, "Indian girls have been doing so well. Be it grooming, styling - the entire package for the pageants in fact. It is a serious deal as one goes thoroughly prepared for the contest," says Tanya who has been on a strict regimen that includes, " a diet plan, exercise, massage, hair and skin care."

"For my hair colour I would stick to my natural brown-black hair with light streaking."


"This apart I am brushing up on my general knowledge and practising speech presentation. There will be several semi-final rounds and shoots apart from the rehearsals starting on June 10," she says.

Her wardrobe thus includes ensembles for various sessions that would be held as part of the pageant--a red lycra evening gown designed by Mumbai-based designer Ashley Rebello, swimsuits in sea blue and green and western wear apart from the ethnic wear designed by Rekha Lahoti.

For the national gown round Rekha has designed a bridal ensemble— a pre-stitched sari in maroon ghadchola blended with crushed tissue, embellished with kundan and antique zardosi work paired with an embroidered blouse taking the theme from the sari.

GO GREEN: A Rekha Lahoti ensemble.

The ensemble is accessorised with embellished stilettos; bazuband (armbands with ruby drops and crystals) and a hair do with golden and maroon flowers apart from traditional kundan jewellery.

"Designing for pageant is very different. One has to visualise how it would look on the stage. The ensemble and accessories we have designed for Tanya are sure to shimmer under the lasers on the stage and make heads turn," says Rekha Lahoti.

A peach sari that combines three different hues, a soiree sari accessorised with a purse and a ghagra featuring Kutch work and new sequins for the talent round are other pieces designed by Rekha.

INDIAN BELLE: In traditional attire.

As for the talent round, Tanya would be doing a classical dance sequence. Husband Piyush Soni has chosen a few soundtracks for the recital.

"There would be 50-55 participants from across the world for the pageant. Mrs World has been organised since 1984."

"India has been sending contestants since the past two years. Aditi Govitrikar won the title in 2001, while Jasmine D' Souza, the Indian participant for 2002 was the first runner-up," reflects Tanya as she gears up for the contest. Here's wishing her luck hoping the city gets yet another crown.

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