Sri Lanka has lately witnessed its first online beauty queen contest.
The winner of that contest was Maria Alkansas, age 21. Maria has a mixed gene pool that has left her with an exotic touch of beauty.
Speaking to Emirates 24|7, Maria, who hails from Mount Lavinia, a coastal area in Colombo, says her father is Syrian, and her mother came from Sri Lankan and Russian parentage.
Maria, is fluent in English and Russian, apart from Sinhalese, says her beautiful complexion is because of her mixed nationality.
Educated at the Buddhist Girls School in Colombo, she says, “I entered this competition with a positive mind set and it paid off.
“I don't remember much about the crowning moment as it all happened so fast and I was so excited, but it has sunk in now and I'm very happy and proud to be representing this prestigious title.
“I currently want to work closely with the Seri (organisers of pageant) Naturals team. I have a keen interest in fashion design and wildlife photography so I might want to pursue that after my rain as Seri Miss Sri Lanka Online.”