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SOCIETY Miss Universe Ximena Navarrete wore her pet causes on her sleeve

S o, we finally have a beauty queen who does not nurse Bollywood aspirations and a celebrity visitor to India who has no idea at all about cricket.

The new Miss Universe Ximena Navarrete from Mexico is different from most beauty queens in more ways than one. Ximena was in the Capital for a few days to express her solidarity with the “Save the Girl Child” campaign, as part of which she did a fashion walk besides lending her voice to the cause of HIV victims .

Ximena, unlike other visitors who quickly pick up a smattering of local languages, knows only one word of Hindi, ‘Namaste'. Asked if she likes former beauty queens from India, like Sushmita Sen, Aishwarya Rai, Lara Dutta and Priyanka Chopra, Ximena smiled and said, “They are good.”

Further asked if she would like to join Bollywood, she replied with a straightforward, “No.” Pressed if a couple of years later she might want to join the Hindi film industry, particularly because there is speculation that Salman Khan is keen to have her in films, Ximena again said, “No.”

S.M. AAMIR

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