12-year-old Odisha girl to represent India at Little Miss Universe

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New Delhi: Odisha girl Padmalaya Nanda sets her eyes on Little Miss Universe beauty pageant which is to be held in Georgia, US, commencing from May 31. Padmalaya has been declared as a world finalist to represent India in the pageant among other 16 contestants. She is the first ever person from Odisha, North-East India and Eastern India to get such an achievement.
The 12-year-old girl is a class 8 student of Stewart School in Cuttack. She was informed that she has been nominated to represent India at the Little Miss Universe 2017 in the US, and Little Miss World contest in Greece. “My efforts are now targeted towards the world finals because I am representing India at the Little Miss Universe and Little Miss World contests. I will give both the contests my best shot.”
Padmalaya made India proud after she was crowned as the Little Miss at the Junior Model International contest in Kozhikode, Kerala. She also won three other titles- the Best Ball Gown (which interestingly was designed by her), Best Pre Teen JMI (jury choice) and Best Pre Teen JMI (people’s choice).
Daughter of famous Supreme court lawyer Prasanna Kumar Nanda and Dr. Subhasudha Priyadarsini, Padmalaya had mesmerized one and all during the auditions. She said she was interested in modeling and fashion designing but her current focus is to excel in studies. She also credited her success to constant encouragement from her parents.

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