Ornella Mariam J. Gunesekere was crowned Miss Sri Lanka for Miss Universe 2018 at the finals haled at the Hilton Colombo.

She attributed her win to perseverance, hard work and the right attitude. Three things she says make dreams come true.

“It was in 2010 that I took part in my first pageant and placed third. This sparked a love for pageants and everything they bring – new experiences, friends from all over the world, challenges and meeting women who celebrate their confidence in the most beautiful ways. I decided to try my luck this year and… It paid off. This further solidifies my belief that God has a plan and His timing is for when we are ready for it,” she said in a statement on her Facebook.

Ornella thanked the National Director for Miss Universe Sri Lanka Rosita Wickremesinghe, choreographer Lou Ching Wong and so many others who helped her along the way.