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india Updated: Dec 15, 2006 10:38 IST

Taking it as a stepping stone to a career in modelling and glamour, 18 beautiful finalists will be for vying for the ‘Miss Lucknow’ title on December 17. Ask them why are they participating and they said in unison: “We want to take up modelling as a career”. Some also want to make their childhood dream come true and pursue other parallel careers as well.

Winning ‘Miss Navyug’ at the college level gave Neha Diwan the confidence to go for the ‘Miss Lucknow’ contest. In the first year of BA, Neha is confident of winning the title.

“My mom inspired me and gave me the confidence. I am taking this as a great opening and am confident of reaching the top in the modelling world after this contest. I want to do some good commercial work as well. This is a perfect platform provided by Moksh Events,” she quips. But, she wants to keep her options open and is soon planning to join an air-hostess’ academy.  Mahima Grover is equally confident of winning the ‘Romanov Face of the Week’ title. She is looking forward to winning the crown too, but wants to keep modelling a hobby only.

“I am into theatre, singing and dancing but am looking for a main career in the media. The glamour world is short-lived. With my father in Doordarshan and mother a news reader, I want to follow in the same footsteps. But, if get some other platform, I may consider that as well.”

Pursuing a one-year diploma from Frankfinn and in first year of graduation, Sweksha Pandey has also done some ramp shows. “I want to go on to participate in Miss India and international beauty pageants. By winning this title, I want to open the doors to a bigger career opening. I got a call for ‘Levis Diva’ audition to be held in Mumbai but could not go for personal reasons.”

She joined the air-hostess-training academy to keep her career options open and groom herself in the hospitality industry. B Com-II student Shweta Upadhya has grown up with a dream of making it big in the glamour industry. “I always wanted to see myself as a model. With myself in the finalists now, I want to see where I stand in Lucknow. I have made it clear to my parents that if I don’t win the pageant, I will forget making a career in the modelling world.”

But, if she wins, she wants to go for acting, serials and ramp shows. She is also looking forward to studying for an MBA. Another aspirant Neha Vohra, a BA-II student, is working as a counsellor with the British School of Languages (BSL).

“I had won the ‘Most Stylish Lady’ title at the Pantaloon showroom recently. They chose me after the question & answer round, dressing sense round and ramp walk.” In AGDC she won the title of ‘Dampen Sunshine’. She auditioned for ‘Diva Quest’ organised by Levis for a TV channel. “But after the audition I quit as they wanted an anchor while I was looking forward for a career in modelling. I plan to move to Delhi or Mumbai to look for better avenues.”

So, who’s your pick?