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Indian origin Miss Great
Britain always centre of attraction
London, Nov 22 British-born Preeti Desai, who became the first
ever Miss Great Britain of Indian origin, is said to have always
been the centre of attraction due to her "raven hair and exotic
Preeti, 25, clinched the title after she got the maximum number
of text messages and phone votes by readers of the Sun
"People were always telling my mum I should go into modelling,
even when I was little," an excited Preeti told the newspaper.
"Not bad for a beauty contest novice whose mum, Hema, arrived in
Britain after being brought up in a poverty-stricken Indian
village. She arrived in the UK, unable to speak English, just
before Preeti was born," the Sun reported.
"I suffered from depression due to cultural problems. After
getting married, I arrived in England in 1980. I was from a
village, I couldn't speak English very well and I had so many
problems within the family. For instance, there were people in
the family who didn't like the fact I had two daughters," Hema
"In our culture, when a son is born there are celebrations. But
when a daughter is born people say, 'Better luck next time.'
Because I had two daughters, no one would give me the time of
day," she told the newspaper.
"When she (Preeti) was crowned Miss Great Britain she rang to
tell me and said, 'The crown is for you.' I burst into tears. I
felt as if I won that crown. I felt as if I am Miss Great
Britain. She only wants to see me happy - both my girls do. They
want to see me smiling and it is thanks to them I was able to
overcome that dreadful illness," Hema said.
Preeti from Guisborough, North Yorkshire, won the title by
replacing original winner Danielle Lloyd after she was stripped
off the award for reportedly dating judge Teddy Sheringham.