Dare to struggle, aspire to win

“I want young people to be more interested in science. I want them to pursue a career in cancer research as cancer is an extremely diverse and complicated disease, which requires a lot of time, effort and research,” stresses the beauty who is engaged in many charity projects for cancer patients, aspiring them to battle with cancer. These days Jayathi’s time is devoted to training, reading up on current affairs, improving her public speaking skills and getting her wardrobe ready for the pageant.

Q: How has life treated you so far after winning the Miss Sri Lanka for Miss Universe crown?

A: (Beaming) It has been a surreal experience. I still have not got used to the fact that I am Miss Universe Sri Lanka 2016! My phone has been ringing non-stop from last week onwards since my family and friends all wanted to congratulate me. It has been a wonderful experience, so far and I am loving it! I am looking forward to what’s to come.

Q: How do you hope to take Sri Lanka to the world at the Miss Universe pageant?

A: I am going to highlight the unique and wonderful characteristics that enrich the Sri Lankan identity. My focus will be to generate global awareness on who we are and what we stand for.

I have lived in the UK for almost seven years and one of the things that resonated for me was the fact that we are constantly try to emulate and live up to a foreign standard and concept of beauty instead of embracing our diversity and celebrating who we are and where we come from. The international community wants to know who we are and what makes us special. I want to portray that we are proud of our history and culture. We are strong, caring, ambitious and intelligent women.

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