London, Nov. 21, 2006
Now Preeti Desai, 25, is new Miss Great Britain
, who landed the title after being chosen by Sun readers to replace
sacked original winner Danielle Lloyd. ( See her photo at
the end of this page)
Preeti, 5ft 8in, the first British Indian to take
the crown, reveals her success has been even sweeter because her
beloved mum is now recovering well after a serious illness. She
is from Guisborough, North Yorks, has been catapulted on to the
world stage, where she will represent the country.
Miss Cleveland Preeti, who took the 5th position in the first
contest, was picked from the 11 finalists. "It's a dream
come true," The Sun quoted the 24-year-old, as saying.
Preeti Desai wrote:
My name is Preeti Desai a British Indian and I'm from Guisborough,
North Yorkshire but now live in London and love it!
I am Miss Great Britain, i was crowned after the public voted
for me to replace the previous Miss GB after she was stripped
of her title. I am so delighted and its a great honor to bring
home the crown. Thank you to everyone for your votes, nice messages
and support. I look forward to working with the Miss Great Britain
Well i was born in middlesbrough on 29 september 1981 to two
proud parents my mum Hema and dad jItu, i have a younger sister
Anjlee who is 21 who is a singer/Dancer. I went to St Augustins
RC primary school in Coulby newham, then Nunthorpe School and
then on to Middlesbrough collage where i did a course in Hair
and Beauty, When i finished i was offered work to build up a new
salon then went on to manage it in a department store in Middlesbrough
i also worked in another sister salon in Stocksley for 3 years
till i decided it was time to move on. I then started and am currently
working for the family business G2 Fireworks full time and i was
made Jr partner, witch i did build up after years of working for
G2 Fireworks from being a child. As it is all year round work
for my parents, me and my mum handle the retail side of things
on Borough Road, Middlesbrough.
I went into beauty therapy and managed a salon for three years
before deciding I needed a change.
Hema says cultural problems kick-started her descent into depression.
After getting married, she arrived in England in 1980 and she
and Jitu settled in Middlesbrough.
Preeti and Anjlee were amazing. Preeti sacrificed so much for
me. She looked after me, fed me, clothed me. She looked after
my younger daughter and the house.
“It was like she became the mother and I the child. If
it hadn’t been for her I don’t know what I would have
Hema described the heartbreak of hearing Preeti say when she
was little: “Don’t worry, Mum, we’re not boys
but we’ll make you proud.”
Wiping away tears, she adds: “Preeti lived up to her word.
She has always done her best for me.
“When she was crowned Miss Great Britain she rang to tell
me and said, ‘The crown is for you.’ I burst into
tears. I feel as if I have won that crown. I feel as if I am Miss
Great Britain. She only wants to see me happy — both my
girls do. They want to see me smiling and it is thanks to them
I was able to overcome that dreadful illness.”
She said, she belong to a small village, speak a little English
l, and she had lot of problems within the family. I had two daughters
but people in the family didn’t like this. In my culture,
when a son is born there are celebrations, but for girls they
say good luck next child.
Every year on my birthday, Preeti takes me abroad for an exotic
holiday. Preeti and Anjlee were the only Asians at their school
in Middlesbrough. Due to her raven hair and exotic skin tone,
Preeti got lots of attention. People were always telling me that
Preeti should go into modelling, even she was little.”
I sent Preeti to a Roman Catholic school and we celebrate every
religious holiday such as Diwali, Eid, Christmas, and we respect