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Ipswich woman's beauty success

PUBLISHED: 22:00 02 November 2001 | UPDATED: 15:19 03 March 2010

SHE may not have been voted Miss India UK but Rakhee Vithlani is proud of her achievements.

More than 250 Asian women had entered to take part in the inaugural competition but the 23-year-old from Ipswich was one of only 20 to make it to the final.

SHE may not have been voted Miss India UK but Rakhee Vithlani is proud of her achievements.

More than 250 Asian women had entered to take part in the inaugural competition but the 23-year-old from Ipswich was one of only 20 to make it to the final.

At an event in Leicester, Rakhee paraded and danced her heart out but failed to make it in to the final five to be in with a chance of walking away with the Miss India UK crown.

She is by no means disheartened, however, and said: "It was a brilliant night and a lot of people came up to me afterwards and said my dance was very good and that they would like me to dance at their special events.

"And I didn't need to win as I have got everything with me. I have got my education, my job and my family.

"This was a bonus and a great experience."

Rakhee only entered the competition to find the first Miss India UK after her friends persuaded her to send in her application. And she had known nothing about the competition until an e-mail from an unknown source, with details about the event, arrived in her inbox.

She was excited on reaching the finals and with the other 19 contestants took part in the event in which she dressed in western wear, before changing into ethnic wear and then performing her talent. The sections were interspersed by acts including comedians and dancers.

Rakhee enjoyed every minute and although the crown was awarded to 25-year-old Parveen Sian from Middlesex, she was glad to have taken part and had plenty of support from family and friends.

She said: "My family were there and they were brilliant. They gave me a lot of good support.

"They're like my own little fan club."

Had Rakhee won she would have been entered into the Miss India Worldwide competition. Instead she is going to carry on concentrating on her education, career and hobbies.

She has no aspirations to launch a career in modelling and is focused on completing a masters degree in international marketing at Aston University, in Birmingham, before joining one of Europe's top consulting firms based in London in January.

And as a member of the Dance Academy in London she is able to continue with her passion for performing.

Weblink: www.missindiaukevent.com

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