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The May queen gets crowned at Dalhousie Institute

What: Dalhousie Institute, in association with The Telegraph, presented May Queen Ball 2014

When: May 31

On the ramp: Fifteen PYTs dressed in clothes from Fuchsia and Purple

Merry-go-round: The pageant was open to anyone between age 16 and 25. The finale saw an introductory round, followed by a Q&A round. The ‘Perfect 10’ was held last week.

Mood meter: Every girl who walked the ramp was met with encouraging cheers and claps by the audience. And since the ‘D’ in DI could just as well stand for Dance — the lively members jived to the beats of band Blue Mist and DJ Sammy before and between the rounds.

Judges’ speak: There was a five-pronged criteria — beauty, poise, confidence, how the contestants introduced themselves, and overall presentation. “It’s about how well she carries herself and when she interacts with the crowd, it’s about how beautiful she is from the heart,” said DJ and Friends FM man Jimmy Tangree, one of the judges. The panel also included model-turned-artist Pinky Kenworthy, Madhu Gupta of Fuchsia, MLA Shane Calvert and club president Somnath Ray.

Guncha Arora “couldn’t believe it” when her name was announced as winner. “After winning Miss Beautiful Smile, I didn’t quite expect to win anything else, let alone be among the top three,” said the 19-year-old who studies international relations in Jadavpur University. Her preparation included “watching a lot of YouTube videos”.

“I took part in the pageant casually, never really expecting to place anywhere,” said Charisma Dixon, 16, who was also crowned Miss Beautiful Skin.

Ruchita Biswas had two reasons to celebrate. “I remember preparing for the pageant while giving exams, and on the very same day as my CLAT results were declared, I was declared second runner-up. I guess it was a lucky day for me,” smiled the aspiring lawyer.

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Text: Riddhima Khanna

Pictures: Rashbehari Das