Mum’s Touch

Miss World Fiji 2016 look­ing for­ward for start­ing Beauty with A Pur­pose cam­paign

Fiji Sun - - Front Page - Ashna Ku­mar

The best Mother’s Day gift ever, says Anita Chand, the proud mother of our newly-crowned Miss World Fiji, Pooja Priyanka. Ms Priyanka gave her smil­ing mum a bou­quet of flow­ers yes­ter­day and treated her to a din­ner at a Suva restau­rant.

Anita Chand looked at her daugh­ter yes­ter­day and said: “She gave me the big­gest and best Mother’s Day gift.” Pooja Priyanka was crowned Miss World Fiji on Satur­day night and made Mrs Chand. The moth­erly touch was quite ob­vi­ous as Mrs Chand and Ms Priyanka re­laxed at the Grand Pa­cific Ho­tel in Suva af­ter a hec­tic week. Mrs Chand could not hide her joy. She is a tax and busi­ness man­ager in Syd­ney and de­scribed how she raised Priyanka. Mrs Chand said she was mar­ried at an early age and had her both chil­dren, Prashil Chand, 27, and Pooja Priyanka, 24. “I have been very sup­port­ive to­wards her suc­cess since she was five years old. She had shown in­ter­est in dance and mod­el­ling at a very young age,” she said. “I al­ways wanted her to fol­low her dreams and pas­sion. My hus­band and I have given her all the free­dom to pur­sue her ca­reer as she has dreamed off. “See­ing her crowned as Miss World Fiji, go­ing up on the suc­cess lad­der and go­ing in for Miss World Pageant is an­other big­ger and brighter step of her life and I am very proud of my daugh­ter,” Mrs Chand said. Mrs Chand said this Mother’s Day was dif­fer­ent from pre­vi­ous years be­cause her two chil­dren were not to­gether with her.

“This is the first year I am cel­e­brat­ing Mother’s Day with­out hav­ing both of my chil­dren to­gether but what Pooja gave me is mar­velous. I am thank­ful for God giv­ing Pooja this big op­por­tu­nity to stand up and ex­press her tal­ents,” she said. Ms Priyanka gifted her mother a flower bou­quet fol­lowed by a din­ner at a restau­rant last night. Ms Priyanka said she was grate­ful for hav­ing an amaz­ing mother who stood by her ev­ery mo­ment of her life.

“She is the pil­lar of strength for me. I have al­ways looked up to her while grow­ing up and made her ex­pe­ri­ence my am­bi­tion and fol­lowed her foot­steps of be­com­ing an in­de­pen­dent, suc­cess­ful woman,” Ms Priyanka said. Cur­rently, Ms Priyanka is look­ing for­ward to start­ing her Beauty with A Pur­pose cam­paign in and out of Fiji. Ms Priyanka said her fu­ture goal was to start a char­ity or­gan­i­sa­tion to help those in need and help Fiji in ev­ery way pos­si­ble to be recog­nised in the world.

Photo: Ashna Ku­mar

INSET: Pooja Priyanka af­ter the crown­ing on Satur­day. Photo: Paulini Rat­u­lailai

Photo: Paulini Rat­u­lailai.

From left: 1st Princess Nanise Raboi­liku, Miss World Fiji 2016 Pooja Priyanka and 2nd Princess Vika Fi­fita af­ter the crown­ing at the Grand Pa­cific Ho­tel on Satur­day night. INSET: Pooja Priyanka with her mother Anita Chand.

From left: Anita Chand, Pooja Priyanka, Parnil Chand and Prash­nil Chand.

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