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The young beauty won the ‘Teen Miss’ category of the 2014 Miss/Mr./Mrs./Teen Mr./Teen Miss Sri Lanka Australia Pageant when she was a 16-year-old schoolgirl. The event is organised as a platform for the young Sri Lankans in the Australian community to form links with their culture.

At the moment, she has no plans of participating in any other beauty pageants. However, she hopes to model part time. “I have done sari modelling with Micheal Wijesooriya

Andrea was a student of the Haileybury Girls’ College in Melbourne, at the time. “I wanted to do something different from schoolwork,” she says. “I used to do sari modelling sometimes. In the beginning, I didn’t feel like participating in the pageant. But once I won it, I was happy.”

For her, it was not being crowned as a beauty that was important. “You should not do it for beauty. I saw it as something I could use to help people. Even in the pageant, it was not just the way I walked that mattered. They asked questions on Sri Lankan culture and what I would do as a youth ambassador for Sri Lanka.”

Charity is what she hopes to do as a youth ambassador. “We already held a dinner dance in Melborne, in aid of Helpage Sri Lanka. In the future I hope to engage in more charity work, maybe in the medical field.”

Now 18 years old, the young beauty is about to begin her university education, at the Monash University.” I am going to read for a science degree and then persue medicine for further studies, maybe even specialize in cardiology,” she shares, enthusiastically.

At the moment, she has no plans of participating in any other beauty pageants. However, she hopes to model part time. “I have done sari modelling with Micheal Wijesooriya. I hope to continue modelling alongside studies, even in the future.”

Speaking of the Teen Miss Sri Lanka Australia Pageant, she said that she encourages other teens to participate in the event. “It was a unique experience. As a result, I feel closer to the Sri Lankan community. Taking part in the pageant and its subsequent events did not even affect my studies, as I was able to carry out my Miss Teen Sri Lanka Australia duties in the weekends.”

Although she was raised in Australia, She is proud of her Sri Lankan heritage. “I have so many relatives and family in Sri Lanka. I like coming to Sri Lanka because it is like coming home. Every time I come here I see an improvement. I am proud to be a Sri Lankan Australian.”

Speaking of her daughters’ achievement, the proud mother Shyamalee Don said, “It is a great achievement that we will always cherish. It was the participation that was more important to me than winning. We encourage any Sri Lankans to take part in the pageant. We thank the organizers, Mrs. Dilkie Perera and Mr Sav Perera of Miss Sri Lanka Australia Proprietary Limited, for giving her this opportunity.”

“I would like to thank my parents and brother, I couldn’t have done it without them,” concluded Andrea.

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