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Crowning smile clinched it

GORGEOUS GAL Elizabeth Thadikaran, Miss Kerala 2011. Photo: Thulasi Kakkat   | Photo Credit: Thulasi Kakkat

Things changed overnight for Elizabeth Thadikaran after she won the coveted Miss Kerala 2011 crown Saturday last. The bank manager of a neighbourhood branch of SBT, where she opened her first bank account, as a little girl, came across with a bouquet of flowers and congratulated her. Both were thrilled to bits. The manager, proud at her precocious Liz's achievement and Liz, about the warm adulation she got from the least expected quarters.

With phones still ringing, congratulations pouring in and visitors thronging her house at Vennala, Kochi, Elizabeth is all smiles.

The smile that, her sister believes, won her the crown. “She was nervous and worried about fumbling in the Q& A round, but we asked her to keep smiling under any circumstance. That has paid off,” say Elizabeth's mother and sister who assisted her, all along, in this venture.

Elizabeth is not new to such adulation and attention. Earlier this year she won the Navy Queen title, along with Miss Beautiful Eyes and Hair. This year she was also crowned Miss Perfect 10.

Two titles

Two titles in a year is quite a feat for the lissom 19- year- old? “It feels twice as good,” she says excitedly, adding that former Miss India, Parvathy Omanakuttan sashayed a similar route to the world of glamour and films, which Elizabeth is open to as and when it happens or comes along.

Hard work, “loads of it,” she clearly knows, is what has taken her to reach the zenith. But then Elizabeth is not flying without wings. She is focussed and has made her choices carefully. She did not venture into this for a lark.

She is aiming for the other beauty pageants that are coming up. Currently a second year student of dentistry in Bengaluru and with previous modelling assignments to her credit, Liz is pursuing her multiple career choices.

“Everything has a shelf life,” she says with a maturity that belies her teenage years.

“I can go back to dentistry when I am done with fashion and sports”, she adds. Elizabeth is seriously into sports, having won several medals in swimming. She was sports captain of her alma mater, Choice school. A long distance runner, a volley ball player but most of all a swimmer, Elizabeth was winner of CBSE National Silver Medal in backstroke.

A happy and fulfilling childhood and schooldays filled with swimming, “morning, noon, night…” has given shape to her confident persona. She stresses on the need to give equal importance to extra curriculum and academics for holistic development of personality.

The grooming sessions under well known pageant coach, Ritika Ramtiri, were rigorous but something that will be in good stead in the future.

D-Day

Of the D-Day, she recalls “the jitters” that had begun to crawl in her by late afternoon, after the make-up. Her trainers comforted the participants with encouraging words… “you girls will blow the stage away.”

She remembers the excruciating wait for the “so long delayed” announcement, (her name was called out last) - Contestant number 17- and she was in the final round.

The common question that fired her passion was about women tackling their way in a world of greed and lust, as compared to men. “Women are epitomes of peace, serenity, compassion and love and have eyes of penetration that can look deep inside. That gives them the advantage,” she wrote

The answer received thunderous applause and Liz looked straight on at her family for approval. Her sister, Tanya, gave her the thumbs up while her proud parents nodded in appreciation. She knew then that she had made it.

As Miss Kerala, Elizabeth espouses the ‘Save the Girl Child' cause and believes strongly in the literate woman.

With the dust yet to settle on her latest tryst with glamour, Elizabeth is heading back to her prosaic world of dentistry, with the words of her trainer having come true for this practical, pretty lass… ‘You will blow the stage away'…. And so she did!


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