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Northwood Hills law student reaches finals of Miss Asian Model competition
A LAW student from Northwood Hills is proving it is possible to have both brains and beauty after reaching the finals of a modelling contest.
Anousha Mangroo, of Winchester Road, is one of 37 hopefuls in the Miss Asian Model 2011 competition.
The winner will secure a place in the Miss England grand final in July, with the chance to represent the country in the Miss World contest.
Miss Mangroo, a student at the University of Westminster in central London, told the Gazette: "I have always had an interest in modelling but I only started in February this year, as a hobby in between my studies.
"By chance I came across the Miss Asian Model 2011 competition and applied, and I was genuinely surprised when they got back to me.
"I am amazed to have been chosen as a finalist and given the opportunity of winning the title - if that happens I will be absolutely speechless, especially as it's my first ever beauty contest."
British-born Miss Mangroo, whose parents hail from Mauritius, insists she will continue her studies whatever the outcome of the competition.
The 22-year-old beauty, who has two younger brothers, said: "I have just finished the first year of my degree and I'm really enjoying it. I will definitely finish the course and eventually I would like a career in criminal law.
"People are surprised that I have entered this but I have both brains and beauty. I have always been good at multi-tasking - I also speak several languages as well as having a passion for art.
"I have already done about 20 different modelling shoots so I am quite confident in front of the camera. I think I have the full package and I am very hopeful about winning."
A public vote for Miss Asian Model 2011 ends tomorrow (9) at noon. For more information and to vote for Anousha, visit www.missengland.info/regionals/asianmodel
Alternatively, text 17Anousha to 84205 (costs 60 pence plus standard network rate) or call 09016561537 from landlines.
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