Kochi: With the crown on her head, Ms. Lakshmi Menon from Kerala stood before the audience today as Miss South India in the 16th edition presented by Manappuram Finance Ltd and DQ Watches, an event directed by Dr. Ajit Ravi at Gokulam Convention Centre, Kochi. 22 beauties from 5 south Indian states participated in this event.VALA’s Clothing, T-Shine, Medimix, CERA are the prime powered-by-partners of the event. Ms. Shrisha from Tamil Nadu and Ms. Dushara from Tamil Nadu were the first and second runner up respectively. Previous year winner Ms. Bavithra crowned the overwhelmed Miss South India 2018 winner. MD & CEO of Manappuram Finance Ltd Mr. V P Nandakumar and Mrs. Sushama Nandakumar crowned the first and second runners up.
The regional and Subtitle winners are…
Miss Tamil Nadu – Shrisha (Tamil Nadu)
Miss Queen Andhra – Sandhya Thota (Andhra Pradesh
Miss Queen Karnataka – Shaasthra Shetty (Karnataka)
Miss Queen Kerala – Navya Ann Abraham (Kerala)
Miss Beautiful Hair – Shali Nivekas (Tamil Nadu)
Miss Beautiful Smile – Sharanya Shetty (Karnataka)
Miss Beautiful Skin – Sandhya Thota (Andhra Pradesh )
Miss Beautiful Face – Sushmitha Gopinath (Karnataka)
Miss Beautiful Eyes – Anagha Bhaskar (Karnataka)
Miss Congeniality – Nikitha Iyyappan (Tamil Nadu)
Miss Personality – Vidyashree (Karnataka)
Miss Catwalk – Varsha Ashok Shetty (Karnataka)
Miss Perfect Ten – Hrithma Shetty (Karnataka)
Miss Talent – Samrudha Sunil Kumar (Kerala)
Miss Photogenic – Falguni Khatod (Tamil Nadu)
Miss Viewers’ Choice – Anagha Bhaskar (Karnataka),
Miss Social Media – Samrudha Sunil Kumar (Kerala),
Miss Fitness – Hrithma Shetty (Karnataka)
Miss Humaneness – Dushara (Tamil Nadu)
The competition which was conducted by Pegasus took place in 3 rounds; Designer saree, red cocktail and black gown.
Model, Actress and Writer Vanisree Bhatt, Model and Actor Rajeev Pillai, Actress Uma Riyaz Khan, Miss Asia International first runner-up 2016 Rashmi Thakur, Mrs South India 2017 Preethi Kitchappan resided in the judges panel in this competition. The subtitles were also judged by a panel of expertise.
The title winner won One lakh rupees, the second runner up with 40,000 rupees gifted by Manappuram Finance Ltd and first runner up with 60,000 rupees gifted by Saara Media. The crowns worn by the winners are gifted by Parakkat Jewellers.
Miss Humanenesstitle will be given to that lady who amasses maximum fund from the public using the crowd funding program launched in association with Ketto Online Ventures to fund the social activities. Each and every penny gathered through this program will be used in the 100 life challenge program conceptualised by Dr .Ajit Ravi to help the financially week heart patients.
The grooming for this competition was commenced from January 22nd in Gokulam Convention Centre, Kochi. The girls were groomed by an expert panel of fashion choreographers and trainers– Aileena Catherin Amon (Miss south india 2015), Sameer Khan (Fashion Choreographer),Preethi Damiyan, Jithesh, Geophy Mathews (Personality Trainers), Dr. Eldho Koshi (Dentist), Reji Bhaskar (fashion photographer), Vibin Xavier (Fitness Trainer), Dr. Elizabath Chacko (Kalpana International), Jannet (Yoga Trainer).
Kent Constructions, Nandilath G-Mart, Kalpana International, Manappuram Riti Jewellery, Qube Watches, Unique Times Magazine, Vee Kay Vee’s Caterers, Kanyaka, XIMS, Saara Media, Parakkat Resorts, Fitness For Ever and Aiswaria Advertising are the prime event partners of the Miss South India 2018.
Aishwarya Setty (Andhra Pradesh ), Anagha Bhaskar (Karnataka), Dushara (Tamil Nadu), Falguni Khatod (Tamil Nadu), Hrithma Shetty (Karnataka), Lakshmi Menon (Kerala), Mahalakshmi Sathiamurthy (Tamil Nadu), Navya Ann Abraham (Kerala), Nikitha Iyyappan (Tamil Nadu), Sahana Sridhar (Tamil Nadu), Samrudha Sunil Kumar (Kerala), Sandhya Thota (Andhra Pradesh ), Shaasthra Shetty (Karnataka), Shali Nivekas (Tamil Nadu), Sharanya Shetty (Karnataka), Shrisha (Tamil Nadu), Sreya Pramod (Kerala), Sushmitha Gopinath (Karnataka), Tanurya Menta (Andhra Pradesh ), Varsha Ashok Shetty (Karnataka), Vidyashree (Karnataka), Yashaswi Devadiga (Karnataka).