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YAJNA DEBIDEEN | Indian Diaspora Club
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She is 20 years old from Durban, South Africa. She is currently in 2nd year studying audiology. She won Miss India South Africa KZN 2013, Miss Photogenic, Best Talent, Best Groomed and 2nd Princess at Miss India South Africa 2013. Her passion includes dancing, modelling, acting, arts and culture. She is also a part of a production company called Xtraodinaire Dance Company and modelling agency. She entered Miss India South Africa as she wanted a platform to reach out to society and make a difference. Her passion for the youth of today led her to make an impact on society greatly. As Miss India South Africa KZN, she has been involved in the following donations of items of comfort to charity organisations, been involved in an Anti Drug and Alcohol Awareness Campaign on behalf of a Child Welfare Society, judged little Miss India South Africa 2013, made an appearance at a cancer awareness event held by the Miss India South Africa International 2014 contestants, met Bollywood choreographer Geeta Kapur at the SAIFTA auditions, been in the 26th KIP and attended the 12th Pravasi Bharathiya Divas, performed a dance at Miss India South Africa International, trained contestants for various segments of pageants, modelled at a charity event to raise funds for the elderly, gave a motivational talk to woman at a mother’s day pamper breakfast, assisted and danced at the book launch of a famous South African author Mr. Farook Khan, assisted at an event that raised funds for the blind and deaf society, modelled for an annual fashion and horse racing event for designer Sher Gareeb and placed in the Top 10 category, given a motivational talk at primary schools and also is an the ambassador for Feed the Babies Fund, where they try to eradicate malnutrition in children and families in KwaZulu Natal. She is currently working on becoming a member of the Soroptimist International Durban club for the empowerment of women and young females of today. She had also taught girls about good posture, grooming, modelling and etiquettes at an event hosted by this club with the Miss India South Africa committee and have featured in various newspapers, websites and television. This pageant has opened doors to so many wonderful opportunities. The Miss India South Africa committee (Kamisha Nanhoo Maharaj, Preetha Nanhoo, Farook Khan) have always been there to support and uplift our Indian community and shower them numerous opportunities. One can learn so much from such a prestigious pageant, such as modelling, grooming, etiquettes, public speaking skills and self confidence. It has been such an honour being an ambassador for my country and the Indian community. Apart of the glory of being a beauty queen and serving my country, she has managed to maintain high standards as a full time university student and was also awarded 2 bursaries/ scholarships in one year. Being on the KIP, which was for her prize for winning the

pageant, has also inspired her in so many ways. It has been a rich experience for her. Visiting my motherland India and learning about our culture, heritage, arts, culture, Indian governance and meeting various dignitaries/ delegates had been phenomenal. Visiting Delhi, Agra, Vrindavan, Mathura, Bihar and Orissa had been a humbling experience. She further says that it was a privilege meeting Indian diaspora from all over the world. It was good to see that no matter where in the world one can be, they are all proud to be Indian and is proud of their culture and heritage and have all managed to preserve our culture. Thanks must go to the South African Indian Consulate and Ministry of overseas Indian Affairs for sponsoring this trip. She is a strong believer in not letting the minimal requirement being a person’s maximum effort. With a positive attitude success is inevitable. Her next goal is to partake in Miss India South Africa International, where she will be given a global platform to positively made an impact in the lives of people worldwide.