Dentist is all smiles after winning pageant

Winning moment: Dr Harathi being crowned at Hilton Petaling Jaya.
The Star

PETALING JAYA: Dr Harathi Dorai­raja proved herself to be a beauty with brains when the dentist was crowned the 16th Miss Malay­siaIndian Global.

Her win over 14 other finalists at Hilton Petaling Jaya on Sunday was a pleasant surprise for the 27-year-old Penangite.

"I'm surprised and happy. Every­one here is beautiful and carries themselves well," she said, adding that the competition had taught her to have trust in herself.

Her response during the question-and-answer session of the grand final impressed judges and the audience of 400.

"Wisdom" was her answer to the question on her opinion of a man's strength.

History, she noted, had always judged a man's strength based on the decisions he made.

Dr Harathi's title brought her a host of prizes, including round trips to Australia's Gold Coast and Nepal and saree from Miss MalaysiaIndia Care Association.

Teacher Sajjini Michelle Kura­samy, 27, and undergraduate Vino­thini Karrupiah, 23, took second and third places.