True queen not determined by the crown – Nuwandika

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Ms. British Empire 2018, Dr. Nuwandika Siriwardena says a true queen is not determined by the crown bestowed upon one’s head or the sash over one’s shoulder, but the inner beauty and the kind heartedness of the heart.

Dr. Nuwandika Siriwardena emerged victorious at the International Beauty pageant which took place in Perth, Australia in September, 2018.

The Celebration Night of the grand victory of Dr. Nuwandika Siriwardena as Ms. British Empire 2018 was held at Waters Edge.

The event was delegated by VVVIP guests, well wishers and family to celebrate her victory. Dr. Nuwandika thanked everyone who supported her for this achievement and announced her future projections to manifest her victory for the benefit of the society.

“I feel privileged and honoured to wear this prestigious crown as the Ms British Empire 2018. This experience is indeed remarkable for me and I will forever treasure the memories I harnessed through it. Above all I hope to manifest the experience and influence that gained through this crown, to uphold Sri Lanka in the international platforms with pride. The main reason I participated in this competition is to fund and uplift the caring process Cancer patients in Sri Lanka with the financial reward that I receive. Therefore hereon I will be focusing to accomplish this goal and I will focus on other projects as well to uplift the Sri Lankan society,” Dr. Nuwandika Siriwardena added.

Her years of experience and exposure in the modeling field and her involvement with the talent agency, StarNow brought her the opportunity to represent Sri Lanka for the first time at Miss British Empire 2018.

Dr. Nuwandika Siriwardena was selected to participate in the pageant by the official international jury of the Ms British Empire Pageant, after she participated in the photo heat applications that the organizers host for countries which do not host a live show to select a contender.

She was trained for the pageant under the iconic Choreographer and Designer, Brian Kerkoven and her costume was designed by Raffealla Fernando.

“I believe that a true queen is not determined by the crown bestowed upon one’s head or the sash over one’s shoulder, but it is the inner beauty and the kind heartedness you carry in your heart in all facets and throughout life. Ms British Empire was indeed remarkable for me and I will forever treasure the memories I harnessed through it,” she said.

Dr. Nuwandika Siriwardena said that she feels privileged and honoured to wear the prestigious crown as Ms British Empire 2018.

“With this crown I believe that I have won the best chapter of my life. There are many people that I wish to thank. I want to express my heartfelt gratitude to the pageant organizers for their mentoring on a regular basis and updating me on how to prepare myself for the event. I wish to thank my trainer, Mr. Brian Kerkoven for his words of advice and his continued guidance through training me to be ready for the event and also my dear Raffealla Fernando who beautifully designed my costume to represent my mother land,” she said.

She also thanked her friends for their continued moral support and for the encouragement they keep giving her.

“I also want to thank my family for believing in me and allowing me to pursue what I love. I also wish to express my appreciation to members of the media for supporting me by being here with us and acknowledging what I do and for getting the word out there. I would not have achieved this crown without your encouragement, continuous love and provision. And last but not least the Miss British Empire 2018 pageant for the immense support and opportunity to represent Sri Lanka and our culture. This once in a lifetime experience will forever be cherished. And tonight, I pledge to utilize all the learning, experience and exposure I received at the pageant to the betterment of the society and to uphold Sri Lanka in the international platforms with pride,” she said.

She says the main reason she participated in the competition is to fund and uplift the Cancer treatment process in Sri Lanka for needy cancer patients with the financial reward that she received.

Dr. Nuwandika Lakmali Wickramarathne-Siriwardena is a Grade Medical Officer attached to the Divisional Hospital at Nawagamuwa. Dr. Nuwandika is in her fourth year of practice following her graduation and is planning to move into the field of Medical Administration.

Apart from being attached to the medical field, she is also a member of the Board of Directors of Water’s Edge Hotel since 2017, and she is the Brand Ambassador for Healthy life style in Western Province and the founder of Elegant Cleopatra, a Clothing, Beauty Cosmetics & Fashion brand. She is also an accomplished lyricist and singer. Currently, Dr. Nuwandika is working to initiate a Cancer Foundation in the hopes of generating funds and uplifting the caring process for cancer patients in Sri Lanka.