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On Sunday (20) the Association of Negombians in Paris organized the first beauty pageant contest - Miss Sri Lanka in France 2012, at the Palais des Congrès in Montreuil. This was a charity event and all the proceedings of this event were for the National Cancer Institute in Maharagama.
A total of 21 participants, between the age 16 to 28, had .contested for the crown.
The event has been honoured by Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Sri Lanka in France and Permanent Delegate to the UNESCO, accompanied by Mrs. Sanja Jayatilleka who was also a member of the jury.
Several French-Sri Lankan artists had performed at this event. Performances by E-Rangeela and her dance troupe, percussion band Chaaya Vibration, Stephan Neera, Misha and Viji Ignitius had entertained the audience. The pageant had closed with a concert by Bathiya & Santhush featuring Ashanti, Randhir and Umaria,one of Sri Lanka’s most successful contemporary artists who’ve enthralled audiences in Europe.
The jury was headed by Mrs. Rosy Senanayake, crowned first Mrs. World in 1985, Miss Asia Pacific International in 1981 and Miss Sri Lanka for Miss World in 1980. The jury also included Mrs. Regine Ferrere – President of the National Confederation of Aesthetic Perfumery (CNPE-France) and Vice President of the French Federation of Aesthetic Perfumery., Mrs. Kisagothami Sarachchandra – daughter of distinguished Sri Lankan playwright Ediriweera Sarachchandra and Diplomat for Cultural Affairs at the Embassy of Sri Lanka for France, Mrs. Rebecca Guibert Director of Agence Rebecca - an acting and advertising agency and Dominique Desrue reknown French photographer specializing in portraits, were also members of the jury.
The Ambassador in his address to the gathering has stressed that it was society’s duty to foster sustainable peace in Sri Lanka and events of this genre allow Sri Lankans transcending all ethnic and religious communities to gather and socialize.
Miss Sri Lanka in France 2012 had been awarded to Ms. Marion Wettasinghe and Ms. Susene Kiriliyanage and Ms. Natacha Constantinethe had become first and second runners up respectively.
Sri Lankan Airlines, Mohan Jewellery Mart,Nations Trust Bank, UNIVERS Pvt. Ltd., Sirasa TV Europe, Explore Voyage, Eurolanka Travel Agency, Ciel Lanka Voyages had sponsored the event. Stone & String has sponsored the 4th and 5th runner up crowns, Couleur Sud de France has sponsored the 2nd runner up crown. Revlon has sposored the Makeup artist while Commercial Bank has supported Bathiya and Santhush’s performance.