December 13 2013 Latest news:
Safira Ali, Senior reporter
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
A young woman who’s perhaps better used to dealing with problem hearts than to start them racing, is swappping her stethoscope for a tiara as she aims for the Miss International pageant later this year.
Nurse Shiksha Matabadul, 21, has left her job in the neurosurgery department at Queen’s Hospital, in Romford, to concentrate on her modelling and pageant duties after she was crowned Miss Mauritius International.
After winning the national pageant in the country in July she now has opportunities to travel around the world for modelling, appearances and events. And now she is also in the running for Miss International in October.
Shiksha, from Gorse Way, Rush Green, said it was a big change from her day job.
“I originally wanted to get into performing arts,” she said, “but didn’t enjoy my course so got into nursing at Southbank University while I was doing modelling on the side.”
While she did her course she became first runner-up Miss Mauritius Great Britain in 2011 and said it helped her get more recognition while leading to more modelling jobs. She stopped modelling while she completed her nursing course and started working in neurosurgery.
But it was not until she entered the pageant in July that she decided she wanted to do it full time.
She said: “There is a lot of preparation involved and I decided to quit my job as there was no way that I could have the time off to do this.
“It is very different from being a nurse and I will be going back to Mauritius to work alongside the Miss International team and working on different projects.”
Shiksha, who was born in Mauritius and moved with her family to the UK when she was seven, said: “It is exciting and glamourous but it has changed my life and my priorities and I don’t know where this path will take me.
“I never thought of doing nursing, and I would still like to do surgery, but I would also like to travel and to get into acting.
“I am enjoying it, and I am following my dream and feel like if you really want something you can do it.”
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