One glamorous night, 26 beautiful young women, but only
one of them would be queen.
Queen - Himali Wijesekara
Capri Queen beauty pageant 2003 held on March 15 at King's Court,
Trans Asia Hotel saw tall beauty Himali Wijesekara being crowned
Capri Queen 2003 by last year's winner, Ayesha Sandamalee. The fourth,
third, second and first runners up were, Nadeeka Perera, Sithara
Withanage, Tamara Simmons and Punsara Siriwardene respectively.
also featured a glitzy fashion show where extravagant outfits designed
by Ruchira Silva of Rebel were modelled by the contestants. The
outfits categorised under the themes of Captivating, Enchanting,
Scintillating and Bewitching, were fittingly 'rebellious,' with
bold colours and materials on the ramp.
Held for the
fourth year in succession, the Capri Queen pageant gives Lankan
girls from all parts of the island, a chance to enter the world
of fashion and enables them to meet leading designers and choreographers
and so widen their horizons. The Capri Queens of the past years
are enough proof that this competition indeed gives the participants
a chance to climb the ladder in fields such as modelling, fashion
designing, television and cinema.
final five: Nadeeka Perera, Punsara Siriwardene, Himali Wijesekara,
Tamara Simmons and Sithara Withanage Pix by M. A. Pushpa Kumara
among the hundreds of entries, the number was brought down to the
final 26 contestants. After months of gruelling training mainly
by Ms. Geraldine Bandaranaike, the girls were ready to present themselves
at the pageant. The show was set in motion with the contestants
taking the catwalk in the outfits categorised according to the four
themes. Next in line was the collection of evening wear, aptly designed
in pale gold and silver.
introduced themselves in the next round, building up a rapport with
the judges. This was followed by the winners of the mini titles
being announced. Apart from the usual titles such as Miss Congeniality,
Miss Photogenic and Miss Catwalk, there was also Miss Beautiful
Hair, Miss Talent and also Miss Bewitching, Miss Enchanting, Miss
Captivating and Miss Scintillating, staying with the themes for
The chief guest
for the event was Ms. Abbas Esufally with the panel of judges for
the night comprising Mr. Murtaza Esufally (Managing Director, Hemas
Group), Ms. Padma Maharaja, Mr. Mallik J. Fernando (Director Operations,
Dilmah), Ms. Silvana Nicholas (model), Mr. Jerome de Silva (Director
Client Servicing, Phoenix Advertising), Ms. Nayana Karunaratne,
Mr. Fouzul Hameed (Managing Director, Hameedia) and Mr. Alexley
Coonghe (Managing Director, Car Mart). Choreography was handled
by Geraldine Bandaranaike.
Hemas Marketing, the Capri Queen pageant was co-sponsored by Lakme,
Trans Asia Hotel, Rebel, Anchor Shape Up, Heavenly Bodies, Fems,
Head Masters and MBC network.