TOP THREE BEAUTIES: Vijayamalar (centre) with runners-up Tiranjeet Kaur (left) and Kanchana posing for photos during the pageant in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday.
KUALA LUMPUR: An articulate and composed Vijayamalar Arumugam was crowned Miss Malaysia Indian in an event that stressed wholesome beauty, brains and confidence.
The 26-year-old lawyer appeared to have an edge over the younger contestants as she responded to the question: “Is marriage a hindrance or an achievement for a woman?”
“It’s an achievement as she becomes a pillar of strength to her husband and brings new life into the world,” she replied.
When it was announced that she had beaten the other 18 contestants, she looked surprised as she came forward to be crowned by last year's winner, Danutcha Chelliah, at the event in Berjaya Times Square Hotel here on Wednesday.
Vijayamalar won an education scholarship and has a choice of taking part in the Miss India Global pageant to be held in Mumbai, India, or in a cross-cultural education programme.
Vijayamalar said she would probably choose to be a cross-cultural ambassador which would see her visiting an Asian country to understand challenges faced by her peers.
First runner-up was Tiranjeet Kaur, 23, a business student. Kanchana Nandakumar, 23, who just finished her degree in e-Commerce and Human Resources, took third place.