A first-year law student is preparing to represent the UK in a talent contest for women with an Indian background.
Suhani Gandhi, from Bedford, made it to the grand final of Miss India Europe after winning the UK heat in Birmingham last Sunday.
She is now preparing to take on finalists from ten other European nations in Barcelona, on March 1.
The 20-year-old said: “The competition is a platform for young women to promote and protect their heritage. It’s not a traditional beauty pageant.”
She added: “It’s a four-hour event which begins with a question-and-answer session and we will give a presentation.
“This is followed by a talent round where I will be performing classical Indian dance. We will have a week of training prior to the event to brush up on public speaking skills and personal grooming.”
Last year the former Bedford Modern pupil spent her gap year volunteering with a charity which mentors underpriviliged children in Mumbai, India.
She is now studying for a law degree at Birmingham University and hopes the contest will help her follow her passion for the performing arts and charity work once she has graduated.
When asked what she thinks her chances of winning are, Suhani replied: “I enjoy it, that’s the main thing. I just need to be myself.”