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Yet another beauty from the cantonment!

Photo: R.V. Moorthy.

Nikita Anand with Ami Vashi... playing it safe all the way.

SHE BELIEVES in the mantra that only a healthy body has a healthy mind. A student of Delhi's National Institute of Fashion Technology, she is a voracious reader and keeps herself abreast of the current affairs. She derives inspiration from the Booker award winner Arundhati Roy. But, none of these can introduce her as best as the coveted fame she embraced this past week - Sunsilk Femina Miss India-Universe-2003. So, you know that the name is Nikita Anand.

Being in the thick of the modelling world from an impressionable age of 13 years, it goes without saying that it was a proud moment for this first city girl, though she says, she is trying her best not to sound repetitive, monotonous and give clichéd answers. Even while talking to journalists at New Delhi's Grand Intercontinental, this Delhi Cantonment resident - oh yes, she is also a Defence officer's daughter as many other former beauty queens - was seen being careful, trying her best to give the right kind of answers and not to hurt anybody's feelings. Not to make howlers as her predecessor, Priyanka Chopra did by naming the late, Mother Teresa of Missionaries of Charity as the best living person.

Interacting with inquisitive members of the fourth estate, she didn't mind replying to inconsequential personal details while having her lunch. A light eater, she works out at cardiovascular machine at the gym, she says. It seems she will take designing at a later stage.

"I know expectations are quite high. I dare to dream and convert my dreams into reality," says the beauty. Fascinated with all aspects of modelling, she, as a student of NIFT, loves designing clothes. She says, "We don't have good designers. I don't think designing is different from modelling. Both are interrelated. My favourite designer is Hemant Trivedi."

Did your family always support you? Nikita says, "My parents have always stood behind me. My mother always used to fulfil my wishes when I wanted to purchase designer clothes. If I wanted to clarify any doubt over any topical subject I relied on my father."

Don't you think having a father in the Army helps as can be testified that Sushmita Sen and Pooja Batra have all made it to the limelight? Smilingly, Nikita says, "Certainly, we get high level of exposure. My father has been transferred to many places."

Nikita concedes that cosmopolitan girls have an edge over girls from small cities. "Girls from big cities have accessibilities to facilities and after success they get instant media attention," she adds.

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