A 22 year-old from Castledawson has been chosen to go through to the final of Northern Ireland’s first Miss Bollywood beauty pageant.
Stunning student Natasha Chada is one of five girls who will compete in the glittering contest in Belfast’s Ramada Plaza Hotel in May.
Natasha was chosen by top NI model agency Style Academy to go forward in the competition, which aims to raise vital funds to build a baby rescue centre in Bangalore.
A graduate of the University of Ulster, the 22 year-old stunner is currently studying for a Masters in Child Development at Queens University. The kind hearted student also works as a volunteer counsellor for Childline, as well as a Special Needs classroom assistant in a local primary school.
“I actually contacted Nelson because I heard about Angel House and wanted to help raise awareness of it,” said Natasha.
“It’s a cause that hits really close to home for me. My family are originally from the area the orphanage will be and I work with disadvantaged children over here so it is right up my street, this is the career I want to be in!
She continued: “When Nelson mentioned the Miss Bollywood competition, I was wary about entering because I’m quite shy but I knew it was for a good cause and I’m so glad that I did. I never in a million years thought I’d be in the final next to the other girls chosen.”
Natasha will compete against four other beauties from around the province - Hannah Taylor from Portadown, Olivia Watson from Banbridge, Lucy Donnelly and Jade O’Neill from Belfast.
Participants get to enjoy a professional photo shoot complete with hair, make-up and Bollywood costume – a superb experience in itself. However, they also have the chance to win a share in over £2,000 in prizes, including a potential modelling contract with Northern Ireland’s illustrious Style Academy, and the Miss Bollywood Northern Ireland 2012 title.
This unique and exclusive competition has been created to raise funds to help establish Angel House - a home in India for babies abandoned by their families because they are female.
Every day in India 2,000 babies are killed simply because they are female while even more are abandoned at churches, hospitals, over-crowded orphanages or simply in the street. Portadown couple Nelson and Janet Thomas-Raja aim to establish Angel House as just one part of a wider project to help children and mothers in India.
Anyone interested in taking part in our second heat shoots can email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 028 38351055 for more information.