Mangaluru, April 7: Aafreen Vaz, who was recently crowned as the first runner-up at Femina Miss India 2015 pageant thanked Mangaluru for its support and said words are insufficient to express her gratitude.
Aafreen Vaz addressed a press meet at Hotel Gateway in the city on Monday April 6thand said, my focus is now on the international pageant. I want to represent Mangaluru, India and myself in the best possible way on international platforms and I dream to bring the crown home.
Replying to a question, she said, I am the only winner to launch my own organization for poor children and women with breast cancer. It will take shape within a month. I am very fond of kids and I wish to work for underprivileged children and educate them. I want to create awareness on breast cancer among women in India and for this cause I plan to auction all my costumes after my international pageant to raise funds. I also plan to organize a first-of-its-kind coastal women’s marathon to create awareness on breast cancer.
Couple of months ago, when I was sitting in my classroom listening to lectures at AJ Institute of Medical Sciences, I never imagined that I would be on this platform today. The last two months have been an incredible journey, said Aafreen Vaz.
When queried on how she plans to manage her studies while preparing for the upcoming international pageant, Aafreen who pursuing third year MBBS, revealed that she does not want to compromise on her studies. She expressed that, during the time of international pageant she may have to take a break from academics. I may finish my studies late, but I will definitely graduate, she said. She has been studying in the city for the last two-and-a-half years, she said.
About her inspiration, she said, she admires Sushmita Sen for her passion for welfare of girl child, a subject that is close to her heart too. She is a woman of substance and I am inspired from her, Aafreen Vaz.
Speaking about the support from her family, she said, my family has been a great inspiration. When I won the competition, for the first time I came to know my mother has a loud voice! I could not see their happiness but I could feel it over the phone. I thank my family for their support.
On her message for aspiring models and beauty pageant contestants, she said, there is a difference between modelling and contesting in a beauty pageant. If you have the confidence then you must take it up.
Mangaluru beauty Aafreen Vaz will represent India at Miss International 2015.
On this occasion, Charan Suvarna of FashionABCD was present.