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Miss India emerges as favourite

Ahead of Saturday's grand finale, Miss India Ami Vashi is among the top ten most popular contestants vying for the coveted Miss World 2003 crown. The current top ten contestants in the People's Choice category are from Albania, Australia, Brazil, India, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Serbia and Montenegro, Thailand and Venezuela, according to a report on the official website of the pageant.

india Updated: Dec 06, 2003 16:58 IST

Ahead of Saturday's grand finale, Miss India Ami Vashi is among the top ten most popular contestants vying for the coveted Miss World 2003 crown.

The current top ten contestants in the People's Choice category in alphabetical order were from Albania, Australia, Brazil, India, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Serbia and Montenegro, Thailand and Venezuela, according to a report on the official website of the pageant.

Last week, 22-year-old Vashi had emerged as one of the favourites of bookies among 106 beauties competing for the Miss World 2003 title to be decided on December 6 in Sanya City in South China.

Besides Vashi, beauties from China, Ireland, Norway, Venezuela and Brazil are also tipped to win the coveted title, according to Readabet.Com website.

Another website Global Beauties.Com had included Vashi among the top 12 hopefuls out of 106 at the competition.

The official website also announced that four of the five Miss World 2003 fast track finalists have now been selected, with the fifth and final fast track finalist being voted for by a combination of public telephone and web votes.

While Miss Ireland Rosanna Davison was named Miss World Beach Beauty 2003, the Miss World girls' favourite is Miss Bolivia Helen Aponte Saucedo who won the top personality 2003 award.

Miss Georgia Irina Onashvili won the Miss World 2003 Talent Show with a beautiful song about her home town, Tblisi. Miss Canada Nazanin Afshin-Jam has fast-tracked to the last 20 of the Miss World 2003 final by winning the Miss Sport competition.

Meanwhile, Jackie Chan, Hollywood's top martial arts star, and 'Sex in the City' writer Candace Bushnell would be among the judges for the Miss world 2003 finals, the website said.

Yesterday, the 106 beautiful girls were mobbed by crowds of cheering Chinese in Sanya city of Hainan province.

The streets of the city were packed along the six-km route of the procession, as the beauties opened a road bridge before going on to plant 106 trees at the new Beauty Crown theatre where the Miss World final will be held.

The girls also had their handprints set in concrete and donated hundreds of books to local schools.

AMI VASHI: Crowning Glory

Brief Stats

Height : 5'8".
Weight : 52.2 kgs.
Age : 22 yrs.
Statistics : 30.5-25-36

Official Miss World Biography: Ami has spent a number of years in the US where she secured her B.Sc in Business Administration & Finance from the University of Southern California, After University she joined an American company as a Financial Analyst but felt unfulfilled and decided to move back to India where she is now working for Pratharn, an N.G.O who focus is to provide education to the underprivileged. Her ambition is to set up programs with self-sustaining NGO’s, which will provide education and awareness to the deprived. Ami enjoys reading, writing poetry and has an avid interest in investments. Her sporting interests are: Basketball, water sports, contemporary Indian Dance Bharata Natyam and finds that yoga is the one personal mantra which disciplines her mentally and physically and helps her confront any challenge in life.