Leeds girl launches bid for Miss India UK crown

Sunita Matharu.

Sunita Matharu.

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She’s already lived a lifetime in the limelight.

Now Leeds model, dancer and actress Sunita Matharu could be on the verge of Bollywood stardom after winning a place in the finals of the Miss India UK pageant.

Victory in the competition, to be held at Wembley stadium next month, could propel the talented 20-year-old to worldwide fame.

The winner will go on to represent the UK in the Miss India Worldwide event, to be held in South America in February.

Sunita, from Meanwood, is a professionally trained dancer and has acted in a range of TV and theatre productions since the age of two.

The former Abbey Grange pupil, now studying a business marketing degree at Manchester University, is also a member of a four-piece girl band called Roulette, who are hoping to launch their first single in the coming year. She was approached to enter the Miss India UK event after doing some fashion shoots for a model agency.

She told the YEP: “Someone involved with competition spotted my pictures and encouraged me to enter. I was a bit reluctant at first but soon realised what opportunities an event like this can offer.

“Previous winners have gone on to be big stars in Bollywood.

“It’s obviously a very tough thing to win but hopefully I’ve got just as much chance as any of the other finalists.

“My parents, Manjit and Kulvinder, and the rest of my family and friends have been really supportive and are very excited for me.”

The contestants in all pageants are of Indian origin, between the ages of 17 and 27, have never married, and are citizens, residents or were born in the country the represent.

The pageants consist of four segments - evening gown, Indian dress, talent and question and answer and Sunita plans to impress judges with her ballet dancing skills in the talent round.

The winners of all the various national pageants from all over the world then vie for the prestigious title of Miss India Worldwide in Suriname.

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