Ms. Lanka 2009 - Beauty for a Cause:
Kherishma crowned Ms. Lanka 2009
The comperes Clifford Richard and
It was a night specially created to compliment the beauty of Sri
Lankan women, at the glamorous pageant held to select Ms Lanka 2009
organised by Technique International Pvt Ltd., in collaboration with
Sunday Observer, Sri Lanka's English Newspaper with the largest
circulation. The ballroom of Ceylon Continental Hotel, Colombo was
filled to capacity with an enthusiastic audience present to enjoy the
evening or to support their respective candidate whom they hoped will
carry off the much coveted crown.
The Ceylon Continental Hotel one of the sponsors of the event had
pulled out all stops to make the evening a memorable one for all, what
with a well laid out sumptuous buffet to warm the hearts of everyone.
The evening commenced with the Lighting of Lamps for 'Unity and All
Things Beautiful', led by the Chairman ANCL Bandula Padmakumara and with
the participation of about 20 other leading personalities associated in
the sponsorship of this colourful presentation.
The contestants were the human lamps and they moved into the ballroom
in tune to soft, slow music which was a novel idea to start the ball
The comperes for the evening Clifford Richard and Wanda Kotelawala
who did a commendable job, no sooner the lighting of the lamps ended,
introduced the commencement of the judging of Ms. Continental.
The contestants paraded before the judges in knee high dresses made
out of attractive fabric in brown, black and white floral design.
Ms. Personality - Sathya Rukmali being
sashed by Mrs. D. G. V. S. Ratnayake, Deputy Chief Corporate
Officer, Sri Lanka Telecom.
All contestants were dressed in the same style. The excitement among
the contestants and the audience began to heighten - who will win this
segment of the Mini title? The suspense was to be held until the end!
Elimination round moved in. It was a colourful blast! The contestants
dressed in glamorous, glittering sarees paraded first together before
the judges and after that singly.
The colours of their sarees in orange, red, pink, beige were dazzling
with glitter work and they showed themselves off with a great deal of
confidence. This was the first round and it was interesting to know who
will be backstage when the comperes call out the numbers of those who
qualified for the second round. Came the second round and with it the
excitement heightened. Eight finalists had to be selected and the judges
had the arduous task as to who to eliminate.
But kudos to the contestants. They kept cool and smiling quite
prepared to face the inevitable....and then all to soon came the all
important Question Time on which hinged the qualification to capture the
Question time for the 8 finalists was laced with anxiety and
nervousness but the contestants we must proudly say made strong attempts
to conceal their nervous feelings.
Ms. Photogenic Dulanjalee Thilakaratna
being sashed by Patrick Gregory, Key Accounts Manager, Alpha
Some of them chose to answer the judges in Sinhala while some others
felt comfortable responding to their questions in English. When the turn
of Kherishma Selvaratnam came round the question posed to her by the
compere Clifford Richard was 'What do you think the role of a woman is
in today's world?" and pat came the reply with confidence that "women
are born leaders and we are better than men" which we guess gave her the
edge over her peers.
When we asked her after her crowning glory how she felt about her
success she was jubilant "I feel happy I'm glad I won it. I feel like
I'm over the moon!"
You answered your question with a great deal of confidence weren't
you nervous? "I was, but, I did my homework so I was able to answer.
My mother was more excited than me. She pushed me into taking part
and I saw her clapping enthusiastically when the results were
announced!" quipped the elegantly dressed Kherishma.
An only daughter with three brothers Kherishma admits she was a
tomboy when she was young playing rugby and cricket with the boys but
with the passage of time her hobbies have moved to reading and to window
Presently she works as a banking trainee at the Nations Trust Bank
and will soon move over to be a Customer Relations Assistant. She had a
spell of schooling in Oman was fortunate in completing her A Levels
there and moved into doing her CIMA. I'm doing my second stage in CIMA
and am quite interested in accounts. In short I like figures!" Would you
take part in a national Miss Sri Lanka contest? Yes I would. Because I'd
like that experience. What would your advice be to young persons who are
silently nursing dreams of winning a beauty contest such as this? "My
advice would be don't be shy about it. Have confidence, build it up, you
owe it to yourself. Confidence should be in built with support from your
parents and your family."Amidst thunderous applause Kherishma was
crowned Ms. Lanka 2009 by the Editor in Chief Sunday Observer Dinesh
And so a new beauty was crowned!
Many personalities came forward to help in making Ms Lanka 2009 the
success it was. The choreography was expertly handled by Jith Pieris
assisted by Nirmala Dissanayake while the official designer was Melani
Every year the team from Technique International (Pvt) Ltd. School of
Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy, Make up and Dressing is responsible in
making the contestants into the swans they turned out to be at the
Ms. Crowning Glory Dilini Niranjala
being congratulated by Loretta Karunasekera
This year the team was led by Nirmala Dissanayake and Geetha
Kanagarathne. The team comprised Melani Jayaweera, Mary Pieris, Gomathi
Vasuti Bala Vithya, Sharmila Sarathchandra, Lakdu ambepitiya, Preshanthi
Maborama, Nilushi Kariyawasam, Swarna Prathip, Anne Perera and Eshanka
The special co-ordinators according to Gwendolino Kuhathiva were
Lucille Dahanayake, Mazahir Jabeer, Ramya Weerakoon, Asoka Casie Chetty,
Indira Perera, Kanthi Basnayake, Wanda Kotalawala, Chanaka Anuradha and
Entertainment in the form of dance routines turned out to be a
pleasant surprise. During in between waits the audience were treated to
some exciting dancing by Shyana Seneviratne whose Bollywood act and the
Spanish dance was danced with a lot of emotion and split second timing.
The other dancers too Mary Pieris, Lakdu Ambepitiya, Nalinda Lokuge
and Janali Shereen seemed to enjoy themselves on stage.
A break in the entertainment turned the spotlight on the Fashion
Designer of the Year 2009 which was presented by Chula Nanayakkara
Ariyaratne recently. She focused the outfits of the Fashion Designer of
the Year 2009 Gihan Ediriwira who displayed his winning entries to an
The song bird Natasha Ratnayake was scheduled to entertain the
audience but unfortunately due to circumstances beyond her control she
was unable to share her vocalese with her fans.
A word of mention for the music by DJ Indika which was appropriate
for the occasion even through now and then the decibel volume tended to
increase much to the discomfort of the audience.
Gifts for the contestants were given by Unilevers, Asian Fabrics,
Hermes International (Pvt) Ltd., Vision Com, Strands Hair and Beauty
Salon, Salon Ramzi, Siddhalepa, Ramya Holdings, Ceylon Continental
Hotel, Colombo, Technique International (Pvt) Ltd., Abans and Amidha
Jewellery.Gift vouchers were given by Sri Lanka Telecom PEO TV to the
value of Rs. 9,550. Siddhalepa issued fifteen gift vouchers to the value
of Rs. 5,500 each.
Also signature treatment at Siddhalepa Spa and Gift pack were give
aways to all guests. Asian Fabrics extended their support by gifting
five vouchers for textiles at Rs. 2,000 each. Gift packs to all
contestants were given by Unilevers.
Technique International has retained its prime position as an
organisation for bringing a little sunshine to the otherwise dark world.
They have inspired people of different cultural orientations and helped
many of the less fortunate.
They justify their existence as students of a beauty school to carry
on the light of progress and excellence, not for themselves but for the
protection of the welfare of others. In this connection this 15th Ms
Lanka 2009 - Beauty for a Cause had as its main objective to support
Scholarship Programmers for deserving talented students in Vocational
Training which is of utmost importance in today's competitive world.
It would be a further step towards challenging the academic
excellence and well roundedness of these young people who will be chosen
The 1st Runner-up Dilini Niranjala received the Trophy and Sash from
Hermes International Pvt Ltd., a Basket of flowers from Sterling
Flowers, a Gift Voucher from Technique International School of
Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy Scholarship to the value of Rs. 10,000
for the Make up Artist Course, and a gift of Jewellery from Technique
International (Pvt) Ltd.
The 2nd Runner-up Udarika Kasunhari also received the Trophy Sash and
Basket of flowers from Hermes International Pvt Ltd and Sterling Flowers
respectively and Gift Voucher from Technique International School of
Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy Scholarship to the value of Rs. 10,000
for the Make up Artist Course.
The 3rd Runner-up Inoshika Madhuwanthi received the Trophy, Sash and
Sheaf of flowers from Hermes International Pvt Ltd., and Sterling
Flowers respectively. She too received a Gift Voucher from Technique
International School of Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy Scholarship to
the value of Rs. 10,000 for the Make Up Artist Course.
Finally, the 4th Runner-up Sathya Rukmali received her Trophy and
Sash from Hermes International (Pvt) Ltd and Sheaf of Flowers from
Sterling Flowers, a Gift Voucher from Technique International - School
of Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy Scholarship to the value of Rs.
10,000 for the Make up Artist Course.
The lucky winners of the Mini titles were:
1. Most Popular Contestant - Sunday Observer - Nilushi Madu
2. Ms. Continental - Kherishma Sel varatnam
3. Ms. Personality - Sathya Rukmali
4. Ms. Elegance - Kherishma Selvaratnam
5. Ms. Catwalk - Nayoma Ranjini
6. Ms. Talent - Sathya Rukmali
7. Ms. Body Beautiful - Inoshika Maduwanthi
8. Ms. Photogenic - Dulanjali Thilakarathne
9. Ms. Congeniality - Samanmalee Owen
10. Ms. Designer - Nilushi Madurangi
11. Ms. Beautiful Smile - Chandima Damayanthi
12. Ms. Exotic Eyes - Tharini Tissera
13. Ms. Crowning Glory - Dilini Niranjala
14. Ms. Asian Fabrics - Anupama Gunasekera
The Most Popular Contestant Sunday Observer
Nilushi Madurangi .....11,225 votes - winner
Tharini Tissera .....11,100 votes
Aparna Kottachchi ..... 5036 votes
Melita Fernando ..... 2602 votes
Sathya Rukmali ..... 1205 votes
Winners of the Raffle Draw, prizes donated by Abans were :
Wanda Kotalawala - 1st prize of a Pressure Cooker
Anupama Gunasekera - 2nd prize of a Toaster
Cherryl Andrea - 3rd prize of a Whistling Kettle
Udarika Kasunhari - 4th prize of a Non-stick Pan
Samanmalee Owen - 5th prize of a Pyrex Baking Dish
Sponsors of Ms Lanka 2009
Sunday Observer, Radio 1, TNL, Ceylon Continental Hotels, softlogic,
Sterling Flowers, Trendy Wear, Hermes International - who donated all
trophies and sashes, Asian Fabrics, SriLankan Airlines, Sri Lanka
Telecom, Alpha Orient Lanka, D. Holidays, and Pico Events.
* Special gifts for contestants who gave fullest attendance and
co-operation (of scholarships) for Make-up Artist Course from Technique
International (Pvt) Ltd valued at Rs. 10,000 were awarded to: